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


2606, 2017

Proposed offering of €350.0 million of senior secured notes

Banijay Group S.A.S., a société par actions simplifée incorporated under the laws of France (the “Issuer”), announced today that it intends to offer €350.0 million in aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2022 (the “Notes”), subject to market and other conditions. The Issuer will use the proceeds of the Notes, together with the proceeds of a €60.0 million senior term loan, to: (i) repay all amounts outstanding under its existing senior credit facilities; (ii) repay a portion of its shareholder debt; (iii) pay the consideration payable for the acquisition of Castaway Television Productions Limited; and (iv) pay certain [...]

2006, 2017

Banijay Rights senses psychic opportunities with Mongolia sale

Leading UK-based distributor Banijay Rights has this week confirmed that NTV Mongolia is the latest broadcaster to commission its supernatural entertainment format Psychic Challenge.  The 20 episode, hour long series is being produced by NTV and is currently airing on Saturday and Sunday nights. The format has been a hit across the Central and Eastern European region with a successful relaunch on Estonia’s TV3 last year.  Psychic Challenge, which was originally created by TéVé Media Group and Nordisk Film and Television, has also been recommissioned for a second season.   The long-running format also continues to be at the heart of [...]

706, 2017

Banijay Group appoints Lionel Abbo as Global Head of Digital

Banijay has appointed Lionel Abbo as Global Head of Digital for Banijay Group and Banijay France, it was announced today by Marco Bassetti, CEO. In this position, Lionel will lead and coordinate the company’s digital business across the Banijay Group and for Banijay France. Based in Paris, Lionel will report to Marco Bassetti for the Group and François de Brugada for France. Marco Bassetti at Banijay Group, commented, “Expanding our global digital business continues to be a key ongoing strategy across the Group – and I’m delighted to welcome Lionel to the Banijay team in this new role. Lionel’s extensive [...]

706, 2017

Banijay backs BlackLight Television

Ellen producers Trethowan and Bickerton launch new venture in Banijay scripted push Banijay Group, the leading creator, producer and distributor of worldwide content, has today announced the addition of new scripted label BlackLight Television to its UK division, marking a renewed focus on the scripted genre for Banijay UK with further announcements expected in the coming months. BlackLight is founded by Phil Trethowan and Ben Bickerton who bring over twenty years experience in both the broadcast and independent sectors to the new company, having produced award-winning shows such as Being Human, The Curse of Steptoe and most recently Ellen for [...]

1605, 2017

Banijay Rights Picks Up Diana: The Truth Behind Her Death (w/t)

Leading UK-based distributor Banijay Rights has acquired the rights to a brand new factual programme which promises to reveal new truths behind Princess Diana’s death. Produced by Tony Comiti for M6 in France, Diana: The Truth Behind Her Death (w/t) is a 1 x 60’ minute film which unlocks the answers to Diana’s fate through a series of shocking revelations.  The film features exclusive testimony from contributors and witnesses, including members of the investigation team and emergency services who were first to arrive on the scene of the crash in the Alma tunnel, some of whom have never spoken before. [...]

1205, 2017

Banijay Rights sells TV Series ‘Black Lake’ and ‘Public Enemy’ to AMC Networks-Backed Shudder and Sundance Now

AMC Networks’ premium streaming services Shudder and Sundance Now have today announced two major TV acquisitions: Shudder, the premium streaming video service for thrillers, suspense and horror, has acquired first-run US/Canada and second-run UK/Ireland rights for BLACK LAKE, an immaculately crafted Scandinavian noir series; while Sundance Now, the premium streaming video service for award-winning films, documentaries and TV series, has acquired first-run US and Canadian rights to PUBLIC ENEMY, a thought-provoking Belgian thriller. Both drama series are distributed internationally by Banijay Rights. BLACK LAKE follows the unsettling events that engulf a group of young friends when they visit the abandoned [...]

1904, 2017

RDF Television secures industry Award Nominations from BAFTA TV and Televisual

RDF Television, part of Banijay UK, are excited to announce that their ‘Secret Life of’ strand has received two industry awards nominations. ‘The Secret Live of Five Year Olds’ is nominated in the ‘Factual and Constructed Reality’ category for BAFTA TV, and ‘The Secret Life of Siblings’ has been nominated in the ‘Fixed Rig’ category in the Televisual Bulldog awards. RDF have enjoyed a raft of nominations this year for ‘The Secret Life’, kicking off the award season by winning a coveted Grierson Award for Best Entertaining Documentary, as well as receiving further nominations from Broadcast, The Royal Television Society [...]