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‘Survivor’ Producer Banijay Grows 2022 Revenue to $3.4B, Eyes Further “Consolidation Opportunities”

European TV production giant Banijay (Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, MasterChef, Survivor) posted higher 2022 revenue and earnings helped by acquisitions and new hit shows, Amsterdam stock exchange-listed parent company FL Entertainment Group reported. Banijay’s full-year revenue hit 3.20 billion euro ($3.4 billion), up 17 percent from 2.75 billion euro in 2021. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and […]

‘NCIS,’ ‘Survivor’ Among Nine 2023-24 Renewals at CBS

CBS is taking nearly all of its current primetime lineup into the 2023-24 season. The network on Tuesday announced renewals for nine series: dramas CSI: Vegas, NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i; unscripted shows The Amazing Race, Lingo, Survivor and Tough as Nails; and long-running newsmagazines 48 Hours and 60 Minutes. The renewals join those of first-year […]

Banijay Hires Head of M&A

The dealmaking feeding frenzy at Banijay will continue. The international production giant has been on a buying spree these past few years, acquiring nearly a dozen companies in 2022 alone. On Monday, in a signal it is pushing forward with its acquisition-based growth strategy, Banijay named a head of mergers & acquisitions (M&A). Stéphane Préfol, […]

‘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 […]

‘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, […]

‘Survivor,’ ‘Amazing Race’ Renewed at CBS

CBS is solidifying its lineup for the 2022-23 season, handing out renewals to four unscripted series. Network mainstays Survivor and The Amazing Race will return next season, as will competition series Tough as Nails and home makeover series Secret Celebrity Renovation. The four shows join five scripted series — drama CSI: Vegas and comedies Bob […]

This Week in TV: ‘Upload,’ ‘Survivor,’ ‘Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’

Two of broadcast TV’s bigger unscripted shows, Survivor and The Masked Singer, begin new seasons this week. Amazon’s acclaimed comedy Upload shows more of the near-future digital afterlife, and Samuel L. Jackson takes on the first lead TV role of his storied career. Below is The Hollywood Reporter‘s rundown of premieres, returns and specials for March 9-15. […]

‘Survivor’ Attorney Has His Nearly $500K Win Wiped Out

Survivor, on network television longer than Tom Brady has been playing professional football, still has the power to surprise. And we’re not talking about what’s been going down on some isolated island. No, in the show’s 41st season, a financial dispute that’s been haunting the hit since its inception just resulted in a reversal by […]

This Week in TV: ‘And Just Like That’ Debuts, ‘Succession’ and ‘The Voice’ End

A number of season finales are on tap for the next seven days, ranging from Succession to The Voice and The Masked Singer. A sequel series to Sex and the City and a number of holiday-related shows on the broadcast networks are also on their way in the week between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15. […]

TV Ratings: CMA Awards on Par With 2020

Ratings for the CMA Awards held fairly steady with last year’s broadcast — which can count as a win in the past couple of years, when steep viewer losses have been the norm. ABC’s telecast of the 55th annual awards did reach a second straight all-time low in total viewers, averaging 6.83 million. That’s down […]

TV Ratings: ‘Survivor’ Tops ‘Masked Singer’ With 4-Week Demo High

For the second time in three weeks, CBS’ Survivor led Fox’s The Masked Singer among adults 18-49, taking the demographic crown on the broadcast networks Wednesday night. NBC’s Chicago Fire was the most watched show of the evening, tying its season high with the departure of longtime regular Jesse Spencer. Survivor inched back over the […]

TV Ratings: ‘CSI’ Return Falls to ‘Chicago PD’

The rebirth of the CSI franchise on CBS fell short of NBC’s established Chicago brand on Wednesday. Baseball’s National League wild card game put up strong numbers for TBS. CSI: Vegas, a sequel to the original series featuring a mix of old and new characters, opened with 4.12 million viewers and a 0.46 rating among […]