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 […]

Exclusive: Amazon’s global option deal for Banijay’s ‘Hunted’ revealed

Amazon Prime Video has a global option deal for local remakes of Banijay’s popular adventure reality format Hunted, TBI understands. The agreement effectively provides the streamer with a first-look at producing local versions of the show in countries across its footprint around the world. It is unclear when the deal – which excludes the UK […]

France’s M6 joins ‘Domino Effect’ with latest remake of Endemol Shine format

France’s M6 has become the latest broadcaster to move into dominoes. The French network has ordered a local version of Endemol Shine North America (ESNA)’s format Domino Effect, which is being produced by Banijay sibling Endemol Shine France. The show was created after the North American division struck a deal with YouTube domino star Lily Hevesh […]

FRAPA adds Fremantle, Banijay & All3Media format execs to board

FRAPA, the global Format Recognition and Protection Association, has appointed three new senior format execs to its general board – Fremantle’s Tony Stern, Banijay’s Carlotta Rossi Spencer and All3Media International’s Nick Smith. The execs will help to strengthen the organisation’s role in protecting format rights and settling disputes over IP infringement. Stern is EVP of […]

Amazon orders ‘Hunted’ & drama duo in France, as originals ambitions broaden

Amazon has expanded its offering in France with three new originals, including two dramas and a local remake of Banijay format Hunted. The scripted series include Greek Salad, an eight-part series that has been created by Cédric Klapisch and is being co-produced by Ce Qui Me Meut’s Bruno Levy. From drama, spy action and comedy […]

Round-up: Banijay re-opens ‘Changing Rooms’ in Germany; Bossanova snags CJZ deal; MTV Int’l preps ‘True Life Crime’ in UK

Banijay re-opens Changing Rooms in Germany Germany’s RTL Zwei has ordered a local version of Banijay’s veteran home renovation format Changing Rooms, marking the show’s return to the country after a 15-year hiatus. The four-part series is from Banijay Productions Germany and is set to air later this year, with the show following two sets of […]

RTL4 Netherlands picks up Endemol Shine’s ‘Domino Effect’ format

RTL 4 in the Netherlands has ordered a local remake of Endemol Shine North America (ESNA)’s format Domino Effect. The show will be produced by fellow Banijay firm Endemol Shine Netherlands and follows the ESNA format, which was created after the North American division struck a deal with YouTube domino star Lily Hevesh to develop a ‘domino […]

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