Banijay’s Brainpool TV lands RTL Television’s comedy chief as co-MD

Banijay has landed RTL Television’s comedy chief Nico Rossman to lead its Germany production outfit Brainpool TV. Rossman becomes co-MD at the Banijay Germany company and will be responsible for overseeing a new comedy unit within the label. He joins the management team alongside Brainpool CEO, Marcus Wolter, and co-MD, Godehard Wolpers. Rossmann developed and […]

Former Primitives & Warner Bros. execs link for new distribution outfit

Banijay & Primitives alum Siobhan Crawford has linked up with two ex-Warner Bros. execs to launch a new distribution outfit. Glow Media will be formally unveiled at MIPCOM next month and is being launched with the co-founders of Belgian production house Free Kings, owned by ex-Blazhoffski (WarnerBelgium) MD Geert Willems and Muriël Maebe. The outfit will be based […]

Banijay chairman Stephane Courbit tables bid for France’s M6 Group

Banijay chairman Stephane Courbit has emerged as the frontrunner to buy France’s M6 Group via his FL Entertainment outfit, following the broadcaster’s failed merger with TF1. M6 owner Bertelsmann has reportedly received a trio of offers for the group since it was put up for sale last week, with Reuters reporting that Italy’s MediaForEurope (MFE) had teamed up with […]

Banijay buys ‘The A List’ prodco Kindle Entertainment & Italy’s Movimenti Production

Banijay has expanded its kids and family operations by striking deals to buy The A List producer Kindle Entertainment and Italy’s Movimenti Production. London-based Kindle, which was established in 2007 and is led by MDs Melanie Stokes and Anne Brogan, is behind YA and Family dramas including Sky’s Little Darlings and film trilogy Ivy& Bean for Netflix, […]

BBC lands ‘Survivor’ as Banijay format returns to UK after 20 years

The BBC in the UK has confirmed entertainment format Survivor will be returning to the UK after a 20-year hiatus. The format, which last aired in 2002 on UK network ITV, will be produced by Remarkable Entertainment, the UK-based prodco owned by format owners Banijay. The UK reboot will consist of a 16 x 60-minute […]

Yellow Bird UK hires Red Arrow, Heyday TV alums amid development drive

Banijay’s Yellow Bird UK has hired Red Arrow Studio and Heyday Television alums to its expanding devlopment team. Sally Rowberry joins as development producer, having been a development executive at Red Arrow where she worked on the first and second seasons of Endour Production’s Vienna Blood. Prior to Yellow Bird UK, she was a freelance development […]

Amazon orders Dutch version of ‘Modern Love’ drama format

Amazon has commissioned a Dutch version of its drama format Modern Love for Prime Video to debut this winter. The format shows a variety of stories about love and relationships, with each episode based on the popular column from The New York Times. Modern Love Amsterdam will take place in the titular city, at locations […]

RTL revives ‘Big Bounce Battle’

German broadcaster RTL has commissioned a third season of Banijay competition format Big Bounce Battle after a four year hiatus. Created by Endemol Shine Nederland and known locally as Big Bounce – Die Trampolin Show, the format debuted in Germany in 2018 with its second season launching in 2019. Banijay Productions Germany will produce the […]

ITV revives ‘Big Brother’ reality format for the UK

UK comcaster ITV has ordered a revival of reality format Big Brother, with a new series ordered to launch on ITV2 and upcoming streamer ITVX in 2023. Produced by Banijay UK-owned Initial, the returning series will follow a new cast of carefully selected contestants, from all walks of life, as they take up residence in […]

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