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Banijay completes Zodiak merger

The merger of Banijay Group and Zodiak Media has completed, creating TV’s latest super-indie. Operating from today, the newly created firm, called Banijay Group, will be 73.8% controlled a new entity housing the stakes of Banijay founder Stéphane Courbit and Zodiak majority shareholder De Agostini Group. Courbit’s LOV Group will control 50.1% of this company, […]

Banijay & Zodiak: the story so far

Will television’s latest super group be called ‘Banijak’, ‘Zodijay’ and plain old ‘Banijay-Zodiak Group’? Zodiak Media and Banijay Group are set to form a powerful production and distribution group with strong assets in the UK, US, France, Germany, Italy and central and eastern Europe among other territories. Deal confirmation came early Tuesday afternoon following weeks […]

Banijay and Zodiak merger confirmed

The merger between production and distribution firms Banijay Group and Zodiak Media is going ahead. The pair have been locked in talks for weeks and have now confirmed the deal will go ahead. This creates one of the biggest content companies in the world not owned by a larger media group, with extensive operations across […]

AMC, Discovery Lat Am score Cineflix shows

AMC Networks Iberia and Discovery Networks Latin America are among buyers of programming from UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights. AMCN Iberia’s deal, which covers Spain and Portugal, hands the broadcaster the 10x30mins Angry Planet (pictured), Battle Factory, Ocean Vet and 1,000 Days For the Planet. AMCN Latin America has also tapped Cineflix for new content. It […]

Banijay, Zodiak merger talks confirmed

Banijay Group and Zodiak Media are in advanced merger talks. Various sources have linked the two Europe-based production and distribution giants in recent weeks, and TBI understands Banijay is engineering a deal that would see it emerge the majority partner in a merged entity. Both production and distribution groups count Italy’s De Agostini as shareholders […]

Signs of the Zodiak

In his first interview since becoming Zodiak Media’s CEO, Marc-Antoine d’Halluin outlines his plan to turn its group of worldwide production companies and studios into a unified confederation, while putting international format development at the heart of the business. Jesse Whittock reports. With an office perched at the summit of a west London business village, […]

Fox Intn’l poaches legal boss from Zodiak

Fox International Channels has hired Mitzi Berberi as head of business and legal affairs, UK, France and Africa and head of legal production, Europe. She joins from Zodiak Rights where she spent five years, before which she was at Canadian formats house Distraction. At De Agostini-owned Zodiak, Berberi ran the producer and distributor’s legal affairs […]

De Agostini buys 60 hours from Zodiak Kids

Zodiak Media’s Italian parent company, De Agostini, has acquired a 60 hour-plus programming package from children’s content division Zodiak Kids. The deal hands De Agostini Editore’s Italian free TV channel DeA Super! seasons two and three of Escape from Scorpion Island, comprising 60 half-hours; and the first two seasons of Tele Images-produced Sally Bollywood, comprising […]

Bannister resurfaces, prepping Shanghai Media toon slate

Former PGS Entertainment acquisitions exec Justine Bannister is working with China’s Shanghai Media Group on a slate of new kids’ series, TBI has learned. Bannister has been working with a range of clients on a consultancy basis since leaving PGS last year including SMG-owned animation producer Toonmax and France’s Panache Animation. It is understood Toonmax […]