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


112, 2017

Zodiak Kids Studios gets orders for more Secret Life Of Boys and Millie Inbetween

Zodiak Kids Studios, a Banijay Group company, announces today that CBBC (UK) have ordered a fourth series of BAFTA nominated Miliie Inbetween and in conjunction with ABC ME (Australia) have also commissioned Secret Life Of Boys Christmas Special. Zodiak Kids Studios are producing 12 x 30’ episodes for the newly commissioned series of the ratings hit Millie Inbetween. With over 50 episodes now produced, the family comedy drama was recently nominated for the BAFTA Children’s Awards (2017) in the “Best Performer” category. After winning a string of awards for innovative digital content, including the BAFTA for “Best Interactive Original” in [...]

2411, 2017

Juan Ramón Gonzalo Carballal upped to new Director General at Banijay’s Cuarzo Productions

Juan Ramón Gonzalo Carballal has been named Director General of Cuarzo Productions, a Banijay Group company, in Spain.  Previously Director of Content since 2015, Carballal will now be responsible for the company’s entire output and lead the management team across all areas of Cuarzo’s business. Marco Bassetti, CEO Banijay Group, in announcing the appointment, comments, “This is a clear indication of our commitment to continue to grow our business in Spain.  Juan Ramón is extremely talented and his new remit will mean that Cuarzo can further develop and deliver programming across multiple genres to our clients in Spain.” Juan Ramón [...]

2311, 2017

Banijay Rights sells acclaimed drama series to Viasat World for Epic Drama

Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group, has sold two of its prestigious drama series to leading international media company Viasat World for its brand new content platform, Epic Drama. Current ratings smash hit The Restaurant and the award-winning Versailles will join the launch slate of the new channel and SVOD service. The deal expands Viasat World’s partnership with Banijay Rights as it purchases more varied programming to fit its growing and diverse channel portfolio. Available in all Epic Drama markets, and exclusively to some – the ‘of-the-moment’ titles set to join the Pay-TV and Catch Up line-up [...]

1611, 2017

Banijay appoints two leading executives to further ramp up the Group’s scripted output

Banijay Group, the world’s largest independent content creation group for television and multimedia platforms, has appointed Frédéric Balmary as Chief Operating Officer of Banijay Studios International. In this newly created position, Balmary will oversee business development for Banijay’s scripted activity through both merger and acquisitions operations as well as organic growth.  He will report directly to Takis Candilis, Head of Scripted at Banijay Group, working with the existing scripted team and the local Head of Finance and Legal out of Banijay’s Paris office. Prior to his new role Frédéric Balmary was Banijay Group Deputy CFO. He joined Banijay in 2011 [...]

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 [...]