Fort Boyard

Digging into CEE

The number of pay TV homes in Central and Eastern Europe are set to fall, but international distributors tell TBI business in the region is booming A Digital TV Research report earlier this year forecast the number of pay television homes in Central and Eastern Europe to fall in 18 territories across the region in […]

Mutimer to run sales at Banijay-Zodiak

Zodiak Rights boss Tim Mutimer has landed the top distribution job at the soon-to-merge Banijay-Zodiak group, TBI has learned, with Banijay International boss Emmanuelle Namiech exiting. Mutimer has been CEO of Zodiak Rights since 2014 when he replaced Steve Macallister, who is now running All3Media International. Mutimer will helm the new rights arm of the […]

Signs of the Zodiak

In his first interview since becoming Zodiak Media’s CEO, Marc-Antoine d’Halluin outlines his plan to turn its group of worldwide production companies and studios into a unified confederation, while putting international format development at the heart of the business. Jesse Whittock reports. With an office perched at the summit of a west London business village, […]

Zodiak Nederland lands Eyeworks development chief

Zodiak Nederland has hired former Eyeworks Nederland producer Jan Hendrik Smeenge has head of development. Smeenge (left) was formerly Eyeworks Nederland’s head of development, but is now joining the new look Dutch Zodiak, which brought on former Fox International Channels Benelux general programme director Peter Lubbers in March. He is replacing Tatiana Lagewaard, who joined […]

What next in the Netherlands?

From Big Brother to The Voice via Deal or No Deal and Splash! Dutch producers have proved time and again that they know how to construct an international television hit. But do deep budget cuts at the public broadcast group and the increasing influence of international content threaten the Netherlands’ status as a creative powerhouse? […]

Palm Plus becomes Zodiak Nederland

Dutch production company Palm Plus has been rebranded Zodiak Nederland. The Zodiak Media-owned producer makes shows including Fort Boyard, Embarrassing Bodies and Junior Masterchef in the Netherlands. It is run by CEO Roy Aalderink. He said: “These past few years we have grown into an all-round production company which produces many successful primetime television programmes […]