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RTL Puts French Channel M6 Up for Sale After Failed TF1 Merger

French broadcaster M6 is on the auction block. RTL Group, the European broadcaster that controls just under 50 percent of M6, has confirmed that it is entertaining offers for the French commercial channel after a planned merger between M6 and competitor TF1 fell apart amid antitrust concerns. Thomas Rabe, CEO of RTL parent Bertelsmann, told […]

‘Survivor’ U.K. Reboot Set for BBC

Reality hit show Survivor, “one of the world’s most successful TV formats,” is set for a British reboot on the BBC, the public broadcaster said Monday. “A new U.K. adaption of the entertainment phenomenon has been commissioned by BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Banijay U.K. company Remarkable Entertainment, run by leading entertainment producers Natalka […]

‘Big Brother’ to Make U.K. Return in 2023 on ITV

The U.K. is re-entering the Big Brother house. Almost five years after John de Mol’s beloved, loathed, groundbreaking and entertainment landscape-changing reality show left U.K. TV following 17 seasons, the format — now owned by Banijay and produced by its Initial label — is set to make a dramatic return. Having first launched on Channel 4 in […]

Nick Cave, Thastrom Animated Series ‘Before They Were Gods’ in Works From Mans Marlind, Banijay (Exclusive)

Nick Cave is getting the animated TV treatment, but in a somewhat unusual manner that seems befitting for the iconic Australian rocker. The legendary Bad Seeds and Birthday Party frontman, alongside Swedish rock star Thåström, has thrown his support behind a new series from award-winning Swedish director/writer Måns Mårlind (Midnight Sun, The Bridge) and animation […]

Banijay Americas Forms Diversity Employment Pact With Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s Group Effort Initiative (Exclusive)

A year after Banijay Americas first collaborated with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s pipeline program Group Effort Initiative to help people from historically excluded backgrounds find jobs in unscripted television, the two entities have formally made a diversity employment pact. Through the agreement, Banijay subsidiaries Endemol Shine North America, Bunim/Murray Productions, 51 Minds Entertainment and […]

‘Survivor’, ‘Black Mirror’ Producer Banijay to Go Public in $4B Merger

Banijay, the French-based production company whose hits shows include Survivor, Black Mirror and MasterChef, is set to merge with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), or “blank check company” with support from billionaires Bernard Arnault and Vincent Bolloré. The deal would see Banijay’s assets folded into a new company, called FL Entertainment, together with Betclic, […]

WarnerMedia OneFifty, Banijay Americas Team for Unscripted TV Incubator (Exclusive)

WarnerMedia OneFifty and Banijay Americas are partnering for a new program to incubate docuseries projects from creators with “authentic visions and perspectives” and “strong cultural aesthetics,” the two studios have announced exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter. “We are delighted and excited to partner with Banijay Americas on this exciting new venture,” WarnerMedia OneFifty head Axel […]

Banijay Freezes All Russian Business Activity Following Ukraine Invasion

Banijay, the European TV giant whose operations span some 22 territories, has joined the growing numbers of companies announcing that they are ceasing business activity with Russia in light of the invasion of Ukraine. The company, among the world’s biggest TV producers after its acquisition of the Endemol Shine Group in 2020, put out a […]

How Major TV Distributors Came Together to Form the London Screenings

After the inaugural 2021 edition of the London Screenings was held in the virtual world due to the pandemic, the second — and mostly physical — round of the growing TV event kicks off this week, with hundreds of buyers from the U.S., Europe and Australia having descended upon the British capital (alongside many from […]

HBO Max Among Buyers as Banijay’s Steven Knight Series ‘Rogue Heroes’ Sells Globally

Rogue Heroes, the all-star limited series from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, has sold internationally for Banijay. Announced ahead of the London Screenings, which kicks off today, Banijay Rights has sold the six-part drama to HBO Max for Europe, Prime Video for Canada and SBS in Australia. The deal follow Epix’s acquisition of the show […]

Banijay’s Head of Scripted Lars Blomgren on Keeping 50+ Labels Happy and the Impact of Jack Thorne’s Edinburgh Lecture

Following its seismic $2.2 billion takeover of Endemol Shine, unveiled in late 2019, French TV giant Banijay instantly became a small-screen colossus, spanning some 150 production companies across 22 territories. Just under a year after the deal was first made public — and a few months after it formally closed in the summer of 2020 — Lars […]

Banijay Signs Film, TV Deal With French Producer of ‘La Vie en Rose,’ Netflix’s ‘The Spy’

In the latest tie-up between an independent production powerhouse and a leading boutique producer, Banijay have signed a deal with Pitchipoï Productions and Montmartre Films, the outfits run by prolific French producer Alain Goldman (La Vie en Rose, The Spy), to develop and produce a slate of feature films and high-end TV series. Goldman is […]