Banijay


TBI In Conversation: Lining up nostalgia with ‘Domino Challenge’

Banijay’s James Townley and Endemol Shine France’s Jean-Louis Blot tell TBI deputy editor Mark Layton how they’ve found success putting the ‘game’ in game shows, ahead of Domino Challenge‘s global debut today. Nostalgic, family-friendly entertainment formats are currently en vogue, and Banijay’s latest offering, Domino Challenge, looks set to fit firmly within that trend when it launches […]

Atresmedia and TV 2 build local ‘LEGO Masters’

Spanish broadcaster Atresmedia and Norway’s TV 2 have both commissioned local versions of Banijay’s LEGO Masters entertainment format. Atresmedia has ordered a first series run from Banijay Iberia’s Shine Iberia, whilst TV 2 has commissioned its adaptation from Mastiff Norway, with the format having now been sold to a total of 13 broadcasters. The format […]

Exclusive: BBC Studios to miss MIPCOM for second year

Green Planet distributor BBC Studios (BBCS) will have no physical presence at MIPCOM in October for a second year running, TBI understands. The Reed Midem event, which is slated to run 11-14 October, is normally the biggest gathering in the TV calendar but was cancelled last year as the pandemic spread and now BBCS has confirmed […]

Banijay & Rabbit Films take Oble format ‘La Lettre’ across Europe

Banijay and Rabbit Films in Finland have acquired remake rights to La Lettre (aka Yours Sincerely), the French format that sees celebrities surprising “ordinary heroes”. The global production outfit has taken rights in Italy and Belgium, while Rabbit Films has picked up the show for a Finnish remake. Broadcaster details have not yet been revealed. The French unscripted format, […]

TBI In Conversation: How Banijay is building its global format empire

Banijay’s global head of content development, James Townley, discusses streamers, pandemic protocols and the popularity of dominoes with Richard Middleton As weeks turned into months last year, it quickly became apparent that the completion of Banijay’s $2.2bn deal for Endemol Shine Group – and much of the restructuring – would occur under lockdown. Fast-forward nine […]

News round-up: Globo returns to ‘Survivor’ after a decade; Portugal preps ‘Let Love Rule’; UK’s C5 revives ‘Watercolour Challenge’

Globo returns to ‘Survivor’ Brazilian giant Globe has ordered a new version of Banijay’s format Survivor, 12 years after the show last aired in the country. The reality series will be produced by Globo and Banijay-owned Endemol Shine Brasil, and known locally as No Limite. It will be hosted by André Marques and, unlike other […]

News round-up: BBCS trio join Gramafilm; Sweden & Poland join Family Food Fight; OTF takes end-of-life doc ‘Laura’s Choice’

BBC Studios trio join Gramafilm London-based producer Gramafilm has added three development executives to its ranks. Eddie Evelyn-Hall, Laura Amure and Jamie Cowell will work across the company’s entertainment and factual entertainment. Evelyn-Hall becomes creative director of development, effective immediately, and will report directly into Gramafilm owner and director James Morton-Haworth. She will lead development […]

Banijay strikes deal with ITVS-owned Tetra Media to buy ‘Hello Kitty’ prodco Monello

Banijay has substantially expanded its children’s catalogue after striking a deal to acquire Monello Productions from ITV Studios-owned Tetra Media Studio. The prodco was launched in 2013 by former Télé Images producer Giorgio Welter and is behind shows including the upcoming CGI series of Hello Kitty. Monello is also producing two shows for Rai in […]

Banijay licenses ‘Mystery Duets’; sells ‘The Write Offs’

European production giant Banijay has licensed French entertainment format Mystery Duets from London-based distributor Can’t Stop Media in a multi-territory deal. Banijay’s development agreement covers Brazil, India, Mexico, New Zealand Poland, Portugal, Russia and Spain and follows an order for more episodes of the show from French channel TF1. Mystery Duets is created and produced […]

Banijay’s Bunim/Murray Productions ups key exec trio

US-based Banijay-owned unscripted studio Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) has promoted three senior executives under newly appointed president Julie Pizzi. Pizzi, who joined The Real World producer in February, following the departure of former CEO and chairman Gil Goldschein, has promoted Rupert Dobson to EVP of development, Farnaz Farjam to EVP of current programming and John Greco to […]