H2O Productions

France’s D8 hires new entertainment chief

Julien Lalande has been appointed head of entertainment at Canal+’s DTT service D8. He replaces Frank Appietto who was upped to director general of D8 and took a wider role at Canal+ earlier this year. Lalande will report to Appietto. He started his career as a journalist before moving into TV as development director, and […]

Deal Monitor: week starting Nov 23

A round-up of all the key deals in international television this week (beginning November 23, 2015; most recent from top). New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures and China’s Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company are to coproduce Kiddets, a sister series to The WotWots Europe-based NRK, SVT, YLE and VRT have prebought Irish live-action/animation hybrid Little Roy from JAM Media […]

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 […]

French Banijay prodco adds Endemol France reality chief

Banijay Group’s H2O Productions has hired Endemol France formats veteran Philippe Stoltz as managing director. Stoltz was most recently Endemol France’s head of reality and docu-reality but will join H2O in October to leads the company, which produces shows such as D8 primetime panel series Hands Off My Set!. While at Endemol France, where he […]