Our News 2017-06-26T08:53:36+00:00


1810, 2017

Multi-national producers confirm pact at MIPCOM to create epic drama Farewell Shanghai

An exceptional team of leading producers and broadcasters from China, France, Germany and Australia have announced their intent to co-operate on a major international scripted series, FAREWELL SHANGHAI. The drama has been developed by award-winning screenwriter and director Radu Mihaileanu (The Concert, The Source, Live & Become, Train of Life…) and is adapted from Angel Wagenstein's sweeping epic novel. The series recounts the shared destinies of a group of European Jewish refugees and Chinese characters in Shanghai, between 1938 and 1945. FAREWELL SHANGHAI will be shot in China in English by K’ien Productions, Banijay Studios France, Breakout Films and France [...]

1810, 2017

Banijay Group announces multi-national drama co-production at MIPCOM

Banijay Group, the world’s largest independent content creation group for television and multimedia platforms, today announced brand new multi-national drama co-production Straight Forward.  The 8 x 1 hour series will be co-created by leading Banijay production companies Screentime New Zealand and Mastiff Denmark and will be co-produced by broadcasters Viaplay and TVNZ, in association with Acorn Media Enterprises and Acorn TV, the premier North American streaming service for world-class TV. The agreement sees leading Scandinavian streaming service Viaplay retain all rights to Straight Forward in Scandinavia and national broadcaster TVNZ taking first window rights for New Zealand. Acorn Media Enterprises [...]

1110, 2017

Banijay’s Yellow Bird lands in UK

Award-winning prod co behind Wallander and Occupied opens for business in UK Banijay Group, the leading independent creator, producer and distributor of worldwide content, is strengthening its international position in the scripted genre with the launch of Yellow Bird Productions UK. Yellow Bird’s current Chief Creative Officer Berna Levin will head up the UK business having been part of Yellow Bird since 2003. During that time she has been integral to several of the company’s biggest international projects including the highly acclaimed Millenium Trilogy, and Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters. As CCO she has overseen the development of the company’s entire slate [...]

610, 2017

Banijay Rights heads to an adventurous MIPCOM

Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, will be doubling down on adventure reality formats at MIPCOM, with the company adding newly-acquired reality titan Survivor and revitalised entertainment hit The Crystal Maze to its formats catalogue. With the acquisition of Castaway Television Productions Survivor, and the revival of The Crystal Maze, Banijay has consolidated its position as the world’s leading producer of adventure reality shows, including Fort Boyard, Temptation Island, 71 Degrees North and The Bravest. Andrew Sime, VP Formats at Banijay Rights said, “Survivor is one of the strongest brands in television. One of the first reality [...]

2809, 2017

Zodiak Kids Takes Tee & Mo To MIPCOM

Zodiak Kids announces today that they have taken on the TV distribution rights for a new CBeebies, pre-school series Tee & Mo(50 x 7’) and will be showcasing the property at MIPCOM. Tee and Mo is about the adventures of a fun-loving three-year-old monkey, Tee, and first-time super-mum, Mo, as they navigate the swings and roundabouts of their life together, learning what it takes to be a son and mum. Tee and Mo innovates by placing a mum at the heart of the storytelling and reflects back to its audience that parent-child relationship, so fundamental to all our lives. Tee [...]

2509, 2017

Banijay Rights sells Welsh/English crime drama Bang and announces diverse drama slate for MIPCOM

Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group, has sold the new bi-lingual drama Bang to SVT Sweden. Created in both the Welsh and English languages, Bang premiered on S4C earlier this month. The 8 x 60’ crime drama is produced by Joio and Artists Studio for S4C.  Set in the steel town of Port Talbot, Bang is the story of a brother, a sister and a gun, from the pen of BAFTA award-winning writer Roger Williams. Loner Sam has his life transformed when he comes into possession of a gun and starts to break the law. His ambitious [...]

2109, 2017

Ex-Fremantle Head of Development Lucas Green joins Banijay Group as Head of Content

Banijay Group, the leading independent creator, producer and distributor of worldwide content, has today announced the appointment of Lucas Green as Head of Content. Green, who was previously Head of Development at Fremantle UK label Thames, will join Banijay Group in January 2018 in the newly created role. As Head of Content, Green will oversee the creation and development of all non-scripted formats for Banijay Group, working collaboratively with local MDs and group-wide creative talent to cultivate the flow and circulation of IP. In addition to nurturing the development of new formats, Green will also be responsible for Banijay’s creative [...]