Sebastian Burkhardt

Keshet Digital grows with ex-Endemol, Fullscreen hires

Sebastian Burkhardt’s Keshet Digital has hired execs in London and LA. The digital arm of Keshet International (KI) has brought on digital content veteran Pasa Mustafa in London as creative director, and Heather Brewster in LA as VP of development. Both will report to Burkhardt, KI’s senior VP, digital and acquisitions. Burkhardt leads digital content […]

TBI Digital: Year in Review

Twenty-sixteen was bookended by subscription VOD services taking their limited offers and launching them globally around the world – Netflix shocked the world by switching on in a total of 200 territories in January and Amazon Prime Video ended the year by doing the same (albeit after 12 months of flat-out denials). The impact for […]

Keshet to make shows for Interscope Geffen A&M

The iconic LA music label behind stars such as Eminem and Lady Gaga is getting in on the TV content business through a multi-faceted with Keshet Studios. Santa Monica-based Interscope Geffen A&M has partnered with the LA-based production arm of Israel’s Keshet International to create music-themed original digital scripted and non-scripted series. Content coming from […]

Keshet plots crime move with Woodcut deal

Israel’s Keshet International is getting into unscripted crime programming distribution following a deal with UK producer Woodcut Media. KI, the global sales arm of Keshet Media Group, will have exclusive rights to Woodcut’s new non-scripted factual crime programmes internationally. “This deal is another step towards our ambition to grow a larger finished English language programming […]

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 […]

Banijay in Mid East formats pact

Banijay International has signed an exclusive production pact with Middle Eastern prodco Periscoop, TBI has learned. The deal means Periscoop will handle adaptation and distribution rights to non-scripted formats from Banijay Group’s international sales wing throughout the Middle East. The pair has an existing relationship, as Periscoop previously produced Banijay format Taratata for pan-regional broadcaster […]

Lebanon’s MTV says It’s Only TV

Lebanese broadcaster MTV has licensed a local version of a French TV-themed comedy panel show. Studiovision will produce a 39x60mins weekly primetime version of It’s Only TV for the network that will be known as Menna w Jerr launching next month. The follows a licensing agreement with format rights holder Banijay International, the sales arm […]

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 […]

RTL checks into Banijay’s Sex Academy

RTL5 in the Netherlands has ordered a local version of the Sex Academy format. The show was created by TV2 in Denmark and is distributed internationally by Banijay International. In the series ordinary couples check into the titular Academy and are schooled on topics including the importance of foreplay, different sexual positions and role-playing. They […]