Popstars


Irish Screentime exits Banijay fold

Banijay Group’s Screentime ShinAwiL has been sold back to the Irish prodco’s management. CEO Larry Bass has taken 100% control after a mutually-agreed share buyback. Further to that, the firm will revert to its original name, ShinAwiL. Banijay International will continue selling ShinAwiL programming internationally, with the prodco continuing to sell Banijay formats in Ireland. […]

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 […]

Popstars returns to Denmark after a decade

Music reality format Popstars is returning to Danish screens after ten years away. SBS Discovery has commissioned Banijay-owned Nordisk Film TV to produce a local adaptation for Kanal 5, and casting is already underway ahead of an autumn 2014 launch. The format previously ran for four seasons on Danish channel TV2 between 2001 and 2004, […]

Metronome MD exits to launch Shine-backed prodco

Merete Mortensen is stepping down from her position as managing director of the Danish arm of Scandinavia’s Metronome to launch her own company within the Shine Group. She is immediately being replaced by Metronome Productions’ vice MD and director of programmes Kent Nikolajasen at Shine’s Copenhagen-based production company. Mortensen’s new company, whose name is currently […]

Popstars set for Turkish re-launch

The Turkish primetime version of Banijay’s reality singing format Popstars is to re-launch in the territory. Turkish entertainment networks Star TV and Star TV International have commissioned local prodco STR to create a new 13-part series, which will land on air on March 14. The show originally ran in Turkey on Show TV and the […]

French network orders Popstars

  Canal+’s French digital network D8 has ordered a local version of the Popstars singing competition format. The format was created by Screentime, which is part of the Banijay group and Banijay’s distribution arm cut the deal with D8. The French Popstars will launch later this year on the digital terrestrial network. The new French […]

Banijay wins Popstars format dispute with Talpa

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that Talpa cannot launch ‘The Next Popstar’ format under that name because it is too similar to ‘Popstars‘, the format ultimately owned by Banijay. The District Court of The Hague issued a ruling yesterday that the title of the upcoming Talpa talent show was too similar to that […]