Banijay Group


Banijay launches scripted outfit Neon Ink

Banijay Group has partnered up with former ITV Studios creative drama execs Kate Lewis and Julia Walsh to launch joint scripted outfit Neon Ink. The prodco becomes the fourth scripted outfit to be added to Banijay’s UK division in the last year. It follows the launch of BlackLight TV, Fearless Minds and Yellow Bird UK […]

Banijay ups Cuarzo content chief

Banijay Group has promoted the director of content at its Spanish prodco, Cuarzo Productions, to director general. Juan Ramón Gonzalo Carballal will now lead all output and lead Cuarzo’s management team. The Madrid-based prodco is best known for programmes such as Cuatro’s supernatural-themed magazine series Cuatro Milenio and The Ana Rosa Show, plus local remakes […]

Creating the dream team

Endemol Shine Group’s French prodcos merged on May 1, as the production and distribution giant completed its global consolidation process. Endemol Shine France CEO Nicolas Coppermann tells Pascale Paoli-Lebailly how he plans to use the best of both worlds to find new hits Without sweeping away what has made formats giant Endemol and entertainment-focused Shine […]

Banijay Group ups deputy CFO to studios role

Banijay Group has upped deputy chief finance officer Frédéric Balmary to chief operating officer of Banijay Studios International. In his new role, Balmary will oversee business development for Banijay’s scripted projects – both through merger and acquisitions operations as well as organic growth. He will report directly to Takis Candilis, head of scripted at Banijay […]

Netflix & ABC conspire to create thriller

Netflix and Australian pubcaster the ABC are once again working together, this time on a short-run political conspiracy drama. The pair has commissioned Banijay Group-owned Screentime to produce the six-part Pine Gap, with Greg Haddrick attached as showrunner. Netflix will take exclusive worldwide SVOD rights, with the ABC taking Australia. The South Australian Film Corporation […]

Viacom buys Italian net, half of DeA’s Super!

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired an Italian digital free-to-air frequency in order to launch Spike locally, and a 50% stake in kids channel Super!. One agreement, with Scripps Networks Interactive, will see Viacom acquiring the LCN 49 network ahead of launching male-skewed Spike in Italy by the end of October. The other deal […]

Plessis hired to bolster Lagardère’s SVOD efforts

France’s Lagardère Studios has appointed Thomas Plessis as director of digital business, a role that sees him support development of original mobile, SVOD and OTT content. The hire marks a return to Lagardère for Plessis, who previously sold his podcasting business to the French media giant in 2008 and then worked as radio and digital […]

Banijay UK scripted prodco launches with Symonds

Banijay Group has launched a second scripted production company in the UK with British producer Jolyon Symonds. Fearless Minds will sit alongside BlackLight TV in the Banijay UK scripted stable. It will be a joint venture with Symonds, who will develop and produce “memorable, distinctive, original stories for the UK and international market” as managing […]

Bunim-Murray backs ex-Zodiak USA chief’s prodco

Former Zodiak USA boss Joel Karsberg has secured backing from Bunim-Murray Productions (BMP) for his new prodco, Kreativ Inc. Karsberg launched the firm after leaving Banijay Group-owned Zodiak USA, where he was chief creative officer and CEO, and has a pod deal with BMP, another Banijay company. He has also drafted in former Mark Burnett […]

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 […]

1 2 3 9