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Eccholine expands into UK with Endemol, Zodiak alum in charge

Former Endemol, Twentieth Century Fox and Zodiak exec Peter Van den Bussche has joined production outfit Eccholine to head up the company’s new UK operation. Eccholine was set up in 2011 by Ludo Poppe, creator of adventure race reality format Peking Express, and produces formats such as Ninja Warrior and Nomads for broadcasters around the […]

Former Zodiak bosses, Sky exec launch SVOD quiz service

Former Zodiak Media chiefs Rod Henwood and Marc Antoine d’Halluin and former Sky and Lovefilm exec Nick James are creating an SVOD service for quizzers. The trio have created Inquisitive Media (stylised InQuisiTiVe Media), whose interactive on-demand service IQTV is first launching in the UK before an international rollout follows. The service is dedicated to superserving […]

Banijay secures €365m as Survivor deal nears

Banijay Group has raised €365 million (US$416 million), which will be used in part to fund its takeover of Survivor owner Castaway Television. The cash injection will also be used to service debts accrued in its merger with Zodiak Media last year. Nataxis, Société Générale and Credit Suisse lead the bond issue transaction, which Banijay […]

Banijay rebrands Zodiak Rights

France’s Banijay Group has rebranded its sales arm, Zodiak Rights, just under a year after the Banijay-Zodiak Media merger. Banijay Rights was revealed this morning in Europe, a day before the NATPE Miami event begins and more than two months ahead of MIPTV in Cannes. Zodiak Rights was the name adopted after Zodiak and Banijay […]

Banijay nabs Warner Bros. exec for COO post

Banijay Group has hired Warner Bros. International Television Production vice-president Peter Langenberg as COO. Based in London and Paris, Langenberg will have direct responsibility for Banijay’s operations in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Germany and India. Rod Henwood had previously overseen the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and India, but last month announced he was leaving the […]

Banijay UK chief to exit

Rod Henwood is stepping down from his post as CEO of Banijay UK, Belgium and Netherlands. He will leave in November, with “an announcement will follow shortly regarding the organisational changes that will be made following Rod’s departure”, according to a Banijay statement. Henwood’s post put him in charge of prodcos such as RDF, IWC, […]

TRX names Asian agency

Online deal brokering platform TRX has appointed the distribution arm of Vision New Media as its agent in Asia. Vision Plus Entertainment will represent the UK-based TRX’s efforts in the region, promoting the online sales tool and signing up buyers and sellers. Vision Plus execs, including CEO Poh Lin Ho, recently joined TRX chief executive […]

Canal+ takes Kissman stake

French commercial broadcaster Canal+ has taken a 50% stake in Kissman Production Group. Kissman is the prodco of Jamel Debbouze, whose comedy-entertainment series Jamel Comedy Club is a fixture on Canal+. Following the investment, financial terms of which were not disclosed, Canal+ and Kissman will work to develop new TV and digital projects in the […]

Banijay takes stake in new Italian prodco

France-based Banijay Group has acquired a minority stake in new Italian producer DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself). DRY’s creators – Fabrizio Ievolella, Danila Battaglini, Francesco Lauber and Leopoldo Gasparotto – have produced local versions of international formats such as Masterchef and X Factor. Banijay said they plan to use this experience to create original formats for […]

Zodiak Nederland hires ex-Endemol Shine exec

Zodiak Nederland has brought over former Endemol Shine Group formats exec Remco Lentjes to take a new chief creative officer post. Lentjes will oversee development of original concepts and international format adaptations at the Banijay Group-owned producer. He begins on July 1 and also joins the Zodiak Nederland management team. Lentjes was most recently international […]

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