Stéphane Courbit

Baudry exits Banijay after eight years

Fanny Baudry is leaving her role as VP of global acquisitions, formats and programmes at Banijay Group after eight years with the French company,” TBI has learned. She was one of the earliest Banijay employees, working under Stéphane Courbit after he left Endemol France to create the business in 2008. Banijay merged with Zodiak Media […]

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, […]

Details of Banijay-Zodiak structure emerge

Vivendi could ultimately take control of the soon-to-be-created Banijay-Zodiak group, according to Les Echos. Initially, Stéphane Courbit’s LOV Group will have 37.5% of the new group and five seats on the board, with Courbit the chairman. De Agostini will have about 36% and Vivendi 26%, and they will have three and two board seats respectively. […]

Zodiak-Banijay merger gets EU approval

The merger of Zodiak Media and Banijay Group has moved a step closer to completion after the European Commission approved the agreement. Banijay’s French parent LOV Group and Zodiak’s Italy-based majority owner De Agostini will now form a joint venture that will house the new group, along with minority shareholder Vivendi, which has been given […]

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 […]

Bassetti’s Banijay: ‘We won’t pay insane prices for prodcos’

Marco Bassetti, who became CEO of Paris-based production group Banijay in April 2013, tells Jesse Whittock why his company won’t be part of the mega-consolidation currently enveloping the international TV market and about where he is focusing efforts instead.   TBI: You’ve now been in the job for more than a year, and have had […]

Marco Bassetti joins Banijay as CEO

Former Endemol Worldwide president Marco Bassetti has joined Banijay. He will be CEO at the France-based producer and distributor, which has also acquired a 50% stake in his production company Ambra Multimedia. Bassetti founded Endemol Italy in 1997 and was managing director and then president of Endemol Italy until 2004. In 2007 he returned to […]