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Brainpool hires Endemol Shine exec for unscripted drive

Banijay-backed German prodco Brainpool has hired former Endemol Shine exec Fabian Tobias to lead its new Show & Factual arm.  The appointment comes alongside a restructuring of Brainpool’s non-fiction arm, which will now operate under three pillars: comedy and light entertainment and Lucky Pics, which is a JV with comedian Luke Mockridge, who hosts the firm’s […]

YouTube Premium unveils German originals

YouTube Premium has commissioned its first German originals The trio of formats form part of a three-part global strategy that will see YouTube work with talent with large following, focus on music docs and programmes, and invest in tentpole shows such as its Karate Kid spin-off Cobra Kai as well as feature film acquistions. YouTube […]

Marcus Wolter to become CEO of newly formed Banijay Germany

Banijay Group is to launch a German outfit with Marcus Wolter acting as CEO from August 2018. In the new role Wolter will oversee all of Banijay Group’s operations in Germany including Brainpool and Banijay Productions Germany. The former Endemol Shine chairman for Northern Europe and CEO of Germany, will also become a shareholder of […]

Banijay ups Brainpool stake and launches new unit

Banijay Group has upped its investment in Cologne-based production company Brainpool, and created a new production division in the territory with former Florida TV chief Arno Schneppenheim. Having acquired a 50% stake in Brainpool in 2009 and run it as a joint venture since then, Banijay has agreed to increase its stake in the company […]

Sat.1 comedy moves to Amazon

Amazon Prime Video has become the new home of German comedy Pastewka, which previously went out on commercial broadcaster Sat.1. Amazon confirmed the series is to become an Amazon-branded original, after the news surfaced on local media sites. The comedy, which has been billed as the ‘German Curb Your Enthusiasm’, is going back into production […]

Ramme out as Endemol Beyond changes continue

Georg Ramme is to leave his management position at multichannel network Endemol Beyond, which is rebranding as Endemol Shine Beyond. Twitter Germany’s head of TV and talent, Michael Kollatschny, is taking Ramme’s role as managing director of Endemol Beyond Germany, while Endemol Shine group director of commercial and strategy Wim Ponnet adds Ramme’s duties as […]

Endemol Shine’s Wolter rises in Europe

Endemol Shine Germany CEO Marcus Wolter has been elevated to chairman of the Endemol Shine Group’s northern Europe arm. Wolter will remain in charge of the German production business, while adding the new post, which hands him oversight of operations in the Nordics, Netherlands an Belgium. Endemol Shine companies in these regions are Endemol Shine […]

Popstars makes a German comeback

RTL II has ordered a local version of Popstars, one of the first wave of pop reality competition shows. The show originally went out on RTL2 in 2000 and ran for two seasons and the German free-to-air broadcaster has now brought it back. The German show will be produced by Banijay-owned prodco Brainpool and the […]

Bassetti’s Banijay: ‘We won’t pay insane prices for prodcos’

Marco Bassetti, who became CEO of Paris-based production group Banijay in April 2013, tells Jesse Whittock why his company won’t be part of the mega-consolidation currently enveloping the international TV market and about where he is focusing efforts instead.   TBI: You’ve now been in the job for more than a year, and have had […]

Regulator blocks Germany’s Gold streaming service

Regulators have blocked the Germany’s Gold service that a group of German media companies had been prepping for launch. The Bundeskartellamt saidf that launch of the service would have violated antitrust rules as there would have been collusion on pricing and exclusive programming deals. It specifically highlighted the involvement of the commercial arms of German […]