Round-up: ‘Don’t Forget The Lyrics’ for Portugal’s RTP1; STV Player rolls out UK-wide; Rai Ragazzi pre-buys ‘Grisù’

‘Don’t Forget The Lyrics’ for Portugal’s RTP1 RTP1 in Portugal has picked up a local adaptation of Banijay’s Don’t Forget The Lyrics format, with Não Te Esqueças Da Letra to be produced by Shine Iberia. Presented by João Paulo Rodrigues, the musical game show will air in Portugal on Saturday evenings from this spring. Singing ability plays no part […]

Viaplay preps ‘Fort Boyard’ revival in Poland ahead of streamer’s launch

Nordic streamer Viaplay has ordered a reboot of veteran Banijay format Fort Boyard in Poland, marking the SVOD’s first commission in the country. Fort Boyard, which was created in France by Jacques Antoine in 1990, is an adventure gameshow format that sees two teams competing in physical adventure escape-room based challenges both inside and outside of a fort. […]

‘The Real World’ prodco Bunim/Murray appoints Julie Pizzi as president

The Real World producer Bunim/Murray Productions has appointed Julie Pizzi as president, following the departure late last year of former CEO and chairman Gil Goldschein. Pizzi first joined the Banijay-owned LA-based prodco in 1998 and went on to become creative VP and showrunner, before launching reality and documentary company, PB&J Television. She rejoined Bunim/Murray in 2015 and was president of entertainment & […]

Banijay strikes NBCU formats pact to remake ‘Suits’, ‘Top Chef’ & more in India

NBCUniversal Formats has struck a co-production deal with Banijay in Asia to adapt a number of its formats including Suits, House and Top Chef in India. Banijay Asia will represent and work with NBCU’s Universal Studio Group to create local versions of scripted and entertainment titles including House, Monk, Saturday Night Live, The Titan Games […]

Endemol Shine France’s head of int’l Malika Postansque to step down

Endemol Shine France exec Malika Postansque is to leave the company after almost two decades with the company. Postansque, who was most recently head of international at the Banijay-owned firm, joined the company as a lawyer before working across acquisitions and international legal affairs. She was involved in the company’s French adaptations of third party […]

Banijay’s ‘Lego Masters’ builds new versions in Denmark, Finland

Denmark’s TV2 and MTV3 in Finland have ordered local versions of Banijay-owned format Lego Masters. Banijay’s Danish production company Metronome has been commissioned to produce the show for TV2, while Endemol Shine Finland will be bringing the competition reality format to MTV3 audiences. The deals mean Lego Masters is now in 11 countries, with local versions in the […]

Banijay rejigs NL Film execs after Kaja Wolffers moves to Amazon Prime

Banijay’s Dutch production outfit NL Film has appointed a new senior management team, following creative director Kaja Wolffers’ move to become head of content at Amazon Prime in the Benelux. Sabine Brian has been promoted to become MD of NL Film, while director Diederik van Rooijen has been named creative director. Brian was previously a […]

Endemol Shine Boomdog preps Bear Grylls for Lat Am ‘Into The Wild’

Endemol Shine North America (ESNA)’s Mexico-based production firm Endemol Shine Boomdog is developing a Latin American version of Into The Wild With Bear Grylls. The format, which follows the survivalist as he takes local celebrities and dignitaries into wild locations, is being produced with Grylls’ firm The Natural Studios (TNS), which was launched as joint […]

Italy’s Casta Diva hires former Banijay exec Massimo Righini for format venture

Italian media firm Casta Diva Group has launched a TV production unit and appointed former Banijay exec Massimo Righini to head it up. Casta Diva Entertainment will be a part of Casta Diva Pictures and has been founded to create new original formats and find existing formats, which will then be presented to Italian and international […]

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