Banijay ups Cris Abrego to head Americas; Bunim/Murray CEO Gil Goldschein to exit

Production and distribution giant Banijay has promoted Endemol Shine exec Cris Abrego to lead its operations in North America and Latin America, as part of a restructure that has seen long-time Bunim/Murray CEO and chairman Gil Goldschein depart. Reporting to Banijay CEO Marco Bassetti, Abrego will now hold the title of chairman of the Americas […]

Banijay names Anne Van Sprang to lead global HR department

Banijay has named Anne Van Sprang as its chief human resources officer, with a remit that will see her continue to lead the production and distribution giant’s HR department. Van Sprang is based in Paris and is the group’s global strategic departmental head, consulting on the company’s worldwide structure, operations and employee relations. She has also […]

Banijay retains Marie Schweitzer as chief strategy officer

Banijay’s strategy chief Marie Schweitzer is to remain with the company following its acquisition of Endemol Shine Group earlier this year. Schweitzer, who retains her role as chief strategy officer at the recently enlarged Banijay, has been with the business since its inception in 2008 and continues to oversee strategy, research and communications. She is […]

Banijay promotes James Townley and Lucas Green to lead revised Creative Networks arm

Multinational production and distribution giant Banijay has revised the leadership of its Creative Networks arm, with execs James Townley and Lucas Green promoted to jointly lead the company’s central content team. Green will become global head of content operations and take the helm of major brands and existing IP in the combined format catalogue, including […]

Tiger Aspect MD Damian Kavanagh to step down after two years

Damian Kavanagh, MD of Banijay-owned UK producer Tiger Aspect, is to leave the company. The former BBC Three controller joined the Peaky Blinders prodco in early 2019, with a remit across the creative and strategic direction of the company. He had reported into Peter Salmon, who was appointed in August as executive chairman at Banijay UK, following […]

Poland’s TVN Discovery orders local version of ‘Lego Masters’ format

Poland’s TVN Discovery has commissioned a local version of entertainment format Lego Masters, making it the ninth territory to order an adaptation. Banijay-owned Endemol Shine Poland is producing the six-part series, which will launch on 14 November, and be hosted by Marcin Prokop. He will be joined by Lego Group designer Ola Mirecka and Paweł […]

Banijay returns for France Télévision’s Takis Candilis as scripted charge continues

Banijay has re-hired its former head of scripted programming Takis Candilis as it looks to expand its investment in the genre. Candilis becomes senior advisor at the company, with a remit to identify and bring in co-productions and secure high-end scripted projects in southern Europe. He left Banijay in 2018 for France Télévisions, where he […]

Banijay unveils brands arm headed by Owain Walbyoff, with Jane Smith leading L&M

Production and distribution giant Banijay has launched a new commercial division that will oversee brand licensing, merchandising, gaming, gambling and music. Banijay Brands is being led by newly-appointed chief commercial officer Owain Walbyoff and will represent the company’s entire programming portfolio, which ranges from entertainment and adventure formats to scripted, animation and kids content. Jane […]

How ‘Mr Bean’ became a global brand & an online phenomenon

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Mr Bean, the Tiger Aspect-owned comedy show that has spanned the decades and mediums, and created a worldwide audience. Here, exec producer Katherine Senior – who has worked on the IP since its earliest days – describes how the brand was built. In 1989 I joined a meeting with […]

Banijay hires Studiocanal’s deputy MD to head France’s Endemol Shine Fiction

Banijay has appointed Studiocanal’s Dominique Farrugia to head up Endemol Shine Fiction in France. Farrugia will become MD at the French drama label from November, with a remit to oversee all of the business’s scripted operations. He was most recently deputy MD at Studiocanal, which he joined in 2017 having previously worked as president at […]

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