E4 enters ‘Love Triangle’ with UK version of Banijay dating format

E4 in the UK has commissioned a local version of Love Triangle, the relationship format that debuted on Australia’s Nine Network. Produced for Channel 4-owned E4 by Banijay’s Workerbee, the 10 x 60-minute series will see six singles asked to choose a love match from just two options. One potential partner embodies each single’s usual […]

NBC starts up ‘Hot Wheels’ show from Endemol Shine NA & Workerbee

NBC in the US has ordered a car makeover competition series based on Mattel’s toy brand Hot Wheels, with Banijay duo Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) and Workerbee attached to produce, and Floor Is Lava’s Rutledge Wood hosting. Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge is a 10-episode series that will see contestants turning a nostalgic car from […]

Banijay’s Workerbee strikes pact with ‘Touching The Void’ director Kevin Macdonald

Banijay UK label Workerbee has struck a multi project deal with Scottish director and producer Kevin Macdonald to executive produce and direct factual projects over the next two years. Macdonald, whose credits include the Oscar-winning One Day In September, as well as Touching The Void, Marley and Whitney, will work closely with Workerbee’s film division […]

‘The Bridge’ prodco Workerbee inks factual co-pro deal with radio firm Made in Manchester

Banijay UK label Workerbee has signed a first-look factual co-production deal with local audio prodco Made in Manchester. Teaming Workerbee’s factual film division and Made In Manchester, the two will work together to develop new content, including titles for TV and radio based on Made in Manchester’s catalogue of radio documentaries and podcasts. Established in […]

Banijay’s Workerbee plans acquisitions to expand in Northern England & Wales

Janet Jackson producer Workerbee aims to build a “northern production powerhouse” in the UK via a strategy of acquisition, investment and creative partnerships in the North of England and Wales.  Banijay-owned Workerbee plans to work with growing indies and both new and established talent outside of London to expand into the Workerbee Group. The Manchester-based […]

‘Janet Jackson’ prodco Workerbee hires BBC Studios exec amid broader restructure

Janet Jackson producer Workerbee has restructured its business and appointed a BBC Studios (BBCS) exec as part of the reshuffle. The company now has two business divisions – films and formats – with the first focusing on premium factual for the SVOD space. It will be led by Workerbee director Benjamin Hirsch, who was behind […]

Netflix preps Idris Elba ‘sport’ show, marking first global docuseries from Netherlands

Netflix has partnered with Idris Elba on a show that claims to be the first docuseries produced in the Netherlands to launch worldwide on the streamer. Human Playground is from Banijay’s Netherlands-based label Scenery and is being coproduced with the French firm’s UK outfit Workerbee. Elba exec produces on the series, which also has director Tomas Kaan and […]

Why mixed-medium docs are the future

Streamers have helped to propel documentaries to new audiences, in particular enticing younger viewers. Richard Middleton discovers how this is affecting what’s on screen Few disagree that documentary filmmakers are in the midst of a rich vein of form, arguably the medium’s most prolific ever. And it is streamers that seem to be providing much […]

Channel 4 builds ‘The Bridge’

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a new reality competition format, narrated by actor James McAvoy. The five-part The Bridge is based on a format originally created by Zeppelin, a Banijay Iberia company, and being produced by Manchester-based Workerbee. It is set to air later this year. The show will see 12 strangers come together, on […]

Crazy cash and snackable shorts: The future of entertainment on SVODs

As the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Quibi begin to get their unscripted affairs in order with heavy-hitting greenlights for global-facing shows such as The Circle, Back Of The Net and Elba vs Block, their strategy remains frustratingly opaque. TBI gathered some of the best creative minds in entertainment and formats to shed light on […]