Emmanuelle Namiech


Zodiak Rights in $150m scripted pact

Banijay Group’s sales arm, Zodiak Rights, has closed a deal with British writer-director David Raymond (pictured) that is “anticipated to garner US$150 million of scripted content”. Zodiak Rights has closed the first look finance and distribution deal with Arise Pictures, which LA-based Raymond runs with executive producer and film financier Chris Pettit (below, right). The […]

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 inks French indie pact

Banijay International has scored a deal with French indie La Grosse Equipe. The deal will see Banijay Group’s sales arm represent La Grosse Equipe’s catalogue of entertainment and factual entertainment programmes internationally. Furthermore, the pair will work on selected new formats that are developed for the international market. Ten-year-old La Grosse Equipe has created reality […]

Banijay picks up John Legend’s Sing It On

Banijay has snagged international rights to Sing It On, the US reality series inspired by the movie Pitch Perfect, and produced by singer songwriter John Legend. The 8x1hr series goes out on CBS backed cable channel Pop in the US and, like the movie Pitch Perfect, follows the fiercely competitive world of a cappella singing. Five top-ranked […]

Keshet poaches Burkhardt from Banijay

Keshet International has hired Sebastian Burkhardt as head of business development and acquisitions. The international arm of Israeli broadcaster Keshet has poached Burkhardt from Banijay where he was senior VP, international distribution. In his new role, Burkhardt will scope out new business opportunities for KI, including co-productions and deficit financing. He will also acquire shows […]

Spodsberg to swap Banijay Int’l for Nordisk return

Banijay International’s managing director Karoline Spodsberg is to move up to COO of Banijay Group’s Nordisk Film TV. Spodsberg will make her swansong at Banijay’s sales arm, which she launched four years ago, at MIPCOM in October before taking on the new post. The COO role is a new position created as Banijay positions Nordisk […]

Banijay pushes into finished with Namiech

The ex-managing director of Target Entertainment, Emmanuelle Namiech, is to work with Banijay International to push it further in finished programming. Banijay, which is best known as a formats distributor, plans to build into the finished programming English-language programming business and has recently secured several new series such as ABC Australia’s workplace reality show The […]