Asacha Media’s Picomedia & Banijay’s WeiT unveil Italian-Russian drama ‘Kurgan’

Asacha Media Group (AMG)’s Picomedia in Italy and Banijay’s WeiT Media in Russia have joined forces on a new scripted co-production that explores the true story of a boy who travels to Siberia to receive pioneering medical treatment. Kurgan is set during the Cold War in 1982 and begins in Northern Italy, where a 14-year-old […]

Jim Allen to step down as MD at Banijay’s RDF Television

Jim Allen, MD at RDF Television, is stepping down from the business after 12 years at The Secret Life Of… producer. Allen joined the prodco in 2009 from ITV Productions, where he had been director of ITV Studios factual & entertainment and worked on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Love Island. During […]

Banijay CEO & chairman talk up acquisitions & avoiding US producer-for-hire model

Banijay remains on the acquisition hunt for production companies as it seeks to further scale up in size, as the battle for rights intensifies. The French group’s CEO Marco Bassetti and chairman Stephane Courbit, who were both speaking today at SeriesMania in Lille, France, admitted that the company remained on the look-out for additional companies […]

Russia’s NTV returns to ‘Fear Factor’ with Banijay’s WeiT Media

Russian broadcaster NTV is returning to Fear Factor, 16 years after the show last aired in the country. The format, which was created by Endemol Shine Netherlands, is being produced by Banijay’s Russian prodco WeiT Media and will be hosted by singer Anatoliy Tsoy. It last aired on NTV in 2005. The new 8 x […]

Banijay’s ESNA promotes Scott Shillet to expanded product role

Banijay-owned Endemol Shine North America has promoted Scott Shillet to a new role overseeing product development across the company’s non-scripted and scripted series. Shillet becomes VP of licensing and leads all creative partnerships, while adding oversight of product development across the North American output. The exec, who joined in 2019, was previously executive director of […]

SVT orders Swedish adaptation of Banijay’s ‘All Against 1’ format

Swedish pubcaster SVT has commissioned a local version of Banijay’s entertainment format All Against 1. Banijay-owned Mastiff Sweden will produce the series, which will be known locally as 1 Mot Sverige and debut on the broadcaster this fall. This marks the seventh adaptation of the format, which pits a contestant against the nation, with viewers […]

Banijay expands in France with acquisition of ‘Mystery Duets’ prodco DMLS TV

Banijay has continued its recent acquisition spree by buying the French producer behind TF1 shows Duos Mystères (Mystery Duets) and La Chanson Secrète (The Secret Song). DMLS TV will become part of Banijay France and will continue to be led by Anne Marcassus and Mathieu Vergne, who founded the company two decades ago. They will […]

How an adventure format thrived despite the pandemic

You might have assumed that lockdowns and travel restrictions would have put an abrupt halt to adventure format commissions, yet veteran show Survivor is in the midst of its most successful year ever. TBI hears from Banijay’s Lucas Green and Julia Dick on how the show has thrived. Survivor is a cornerstone of the Banijay […]

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