Canale 5 orders Italian version of Banijay format ‘Star In The Star’

Italian FTA channel Canale 5 has ordered a local version of musical entertainment format Star In The Star from Banijay Italia. The primetime commission marks the first international adaptation of the show, which was originally created by Banijay Germany’s Brainpool and first aired on RTL in 2020. The series will be hosted in Italy by […]

Banijay launches German format & digital entertainment label

Banijay Germany has launched a new format and digital label, which is to be led by Brainpool exec Ingrid Langheld and former Bertelsmann exec Daniel Durst. Banijay Live Artist Brand (BLAB) will support talent and develop live formats, as well as create and produce digital entertainment content, for broadcasters, platforms, streamers and audio providers. It will also […]

Banijay names German CEO as Endemol Shine’s Magnus Kastner departs

Banijay has restructured its management team in Germany by naming Marcus Wolter as CEO and appointing Brainpool exec Fabian Tobias to a new role, with the former CEO of Endemol Shine Germany set to depart. Wolter, who becomes Banijay Germany’s CEO and co-partner, has oversight of companies including Banijay Productions, Good Times, Endemol Shine Germany, […]

Banijay, ProSieben launch ‘Eurovision replacement’ contest

Banijay Group-owned Brainpool, German broadcaster ProSieben and domestic producer and entertainer Stefan Raab have teamed up to create a new competition to replace the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The Free European Song Contest is being produced by Raab for Brainpool. A former Eurovision competitor himself, Raab also produced and hosted the contest when it […]

À Punt orders Spanish version of Banijay’s ‘Celebrity School’

Spanish broadcaster À Punt has commissioned a local version of Celebrity School, based on the original German entertainment show. The 8 x 120-minute series is from Banijay Group-owned Cuarzo and is based upon the original primetime format from German prodco Brainpool, which is also part of the French production and distribution giant. The Spanish show […]

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 […]