Zodiak Media

Vivendi moves for stake in Banijay-Zodiak

French media giant Vivendi is in talks to buy a minority stake in the soon-to-be merged Banijay Group and Zodiak Media production and distribution group. Vivendi confirmed yesterday that it is in exclusive talks to buy into to the new company. In a note in its first half 2015 financial results, the French media firm […]

Format acquisitions boss exits Zodiak

Nathan Gibbs has left his role as Zodiak Media’s head of format acquisitions, TBI has learned. Gibbs joined Zodiak from Endemol Australia last October soon to work on acquisitions with Grant Ross, who had been drafted in as executive VP, global creative development and format acquisitions. TBI understands Gibbs left the company before the merger […]

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 […]

Zodiak scores Sky SVOD deal, renewal

Sky’s subscription on-demand services have acquired episodes of CBeebies shows Waybuloo and Mister Maker, while Sky One has renewed wacky game show Wild Things. The SVOD deal with Zodiak Kids hands Sky more than 150 episodes of the CBeebies series, which will be made available in the UK and Ireland via Sky On Demand and […]

ITV reveals My Garden Nightmare

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned Zodiak Media-owned RDF Television to produce a 1x60mins documentary looking into garden disasters. My Garden Nightmare (WT) will “reveal the extraordinary and surprising array of nightmares we can suffer in our own backyards”. Zodiak Rights has taken on the show for international distribution. ITV has also greenlit RDF to produce […]

Zodiak Kids signs Mumfie creator deal

Zodiak Kids has signed a development deal with Magic Adventures of Mumfie and Thomas & Friends creator Britt Allcroft. The deal with Britt Allcroft Productions cover development of a new version of Mumfie, which ran for 79 episodes on CiTV in the UK and Fox Kids in the US during the 1990s and as a […]

Alessandri’s indie scores France Télévisions deal

Philippe Alessandri’s new Paris-based indie Watch Next Media has scored its first major programming deal. France Télévisions has put Watch Next’s Nate is Late (pictured) into development, with production due to begin in spring 2016. The 52x11mins show comes from Sylvain Huchet and Peter Saisselin (Gawayn, Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks), and follows a pair of […]

Banijay inks French indie pact

Banijay International has scored a deal with French indie La Grosse Equipe. The deal will see Banijay Group’s sales arm represent La Grosse Equipe’s catalogue of entertainment and factual entertainment programmes internationally. Furthermore, the pair will work on selected new formats that are developed for the international market. Ten-year-old La Grosse Equipe has created reality […]

Banijay, Zodiak merger talks confirmed

Banijay Group and Zodiak Media are in advanced merger talks. Various sources have linked the two Europe-based production and distribution giants in recent weeks, and TBI understands Banijay is engineering a deal that would see it emerge the majority partner in a merged entity. Both production and distribution groups count Italy’s De Agostini as shareholders […]