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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 […]

Ex-Banijay sales exec joins New Flemish Primitives

Former Banijay International sales manager Siobhan Herriot is joining The Flemish Primitives as head of sales. She joins the Brussels-based distributor on June 1, reporting to general manager Steven Allcock. Herriot (pictured left) will work out of London and Brussels, selling formats such as The Mole, Eternal Glory and new efforts The House and Like […]

Ex-Zodiak, MEG exec joins Zee TV

Former Zodiak and MEG exec Sarah Coursey has joined the sales arm of Indian broadcast group Zee TV. Coursey (pictured) will regional head of syndication for North America, Latin America and Canada at Zee Entertainment Enterprises, focusing on format sales and acquisitions. Zee has been increasingly focused on international expansion over the past 12 months, […]

BBC Worldwide rejigs Europe team, ups Percy

BBC Worldwide has rejigged its European operation, handing Tobi de Graaff a wider role and bringing in Nick Percy to head a new northern Europe unit. Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster the BBC, said the changes are part of increased investment in the western Europe sales team. Nick Percy (left) becomes executive […]

Banijay hires Endemol Shine pair in Finland rejig

Banijay Group is merging its Finnish assets with those of Zodiak Media, splitting its scripted and unscripted divisions, and hiring a pair of Endemol Shine execs in the process. The move sees Endemol Shine Finland creative directors Tatu Ferchen and Alex Laszlo named CEO and chief creative officer, respectively, with both also named executive producers. […]

Zodiak Rights in $150m scripted pact

Banijay Group’s sales arm, Zodiak Rights, has closed a deal with British writer-director David Raymond (pictured) that is “anticipated to garner US$150 million of scripted content”. Zodiak Rights has closed the first look finance and distribution deal with Arise Pictures, which LA-based Raymond runs with executive producer and film financier Chris Pettit (below, right). The […]

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, […]

Vivendi ‘tables offer’ for Mediaset pay TV unit

France-based entertainment giant Vivendi has reportedly made an offer for the pay TV assets of Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset. Il Corriere della Sera reported that the offer has been with Mediaset, which operates in Italy and Spain and has free TV assets, for “several days”. Vivendi plans to fund the deal for Mediaset Premium through cash […]

Vivendi: Canal+ losses cannot continue

Vivendi has stated that it “cannot on a long-term basis continue to finance the losses of Canal+ channels in France” following four years of losses. Posting its financial results for 2015, Vivendi said that the pay TV outfit posted negative EBITA of €264 million (US$293 million) last year, an increase in its losses of €76 […]