Our People 2017-12-19T01:44:34+00:00

Stéphane Courbit


Stéphane Courbit is a French entrepreneur, Chairman of Banijay Group. He started his career as producer for Coyote. In 1994, he formed a partnership with TV producer and host Arthur to create Case Productions, later called ASP Productions. In 1998, Endemol merged with ASP Productions to form Endemol France, Stéphane Courbit was appointed CEO. In 2006, he sold his shares before leaving the group in 2007 to create LOV Group with the ambition to position LOV Group at the heart of growing markets such as audiovisual production, luxury hotels, the Internet and energy sectors. In January 2008, he created Banijay Group, in 2016 the merger between Banijay Group and Zodiak Media makes him head of one of the largest audiovisual production companies in the world.

Marco Bassetti


In the early 1980s, Marco Bassetti started working as executive producer for Mondadori's Rete Quattro, later moving to Mediaset. In 1986, he founded his own production company La Italiana Produzioni, and in 1989, he founded Aran. From 1994 to 1997, he was CEO of Pearson TV Italy. In December 1997, he founded Endemol Italy and worked as Managing Director and then President until May 2004 when stepped down in order to dedicate more time to several entrepreneurial activities in Italy and abroad. He remains a member of Endemol's International Board. In October 2007, he returned to Endemol Group as COO and in August 2009, was appointed President of the Endemol Group, then he took over the responsibility of CEO of the Group. He stepped down at Endemol in April 2012. He founded a new company, Ambra Multimedia, in November 2012. In April 2013 he joined Banijay Group as CEO.

Lionel Abbo

Global Head of Digital

Lionel Abbo joined Banijay Group in June 2017 as Global Head of Digital. Prior to joining Banijay Group, Lionel was Deputy Managing Director in charge of Creation Development and digital at Shine France from 2009 to 2017, working on TV hits such as The Voice, MasterChef, Prodiges or the Island. Lionel started his career as a producer for MTV Networks before joining the development team at Endemol France, where he has participated to the launch of Endemol’s Brand Content new department. Following Endemol he was Head of Content at Tribal DDB Paris, where he sold and managed content and digital communication operations for the company’s main clients including Lipton, Nike, Bouygues and French Navy.

Takis Candilis

Head of Scripted Group

Takis Candilis joined Banijay Group in 2016 as Head of Scripted for the Group. Prior to join the group, he was CEO at Lagardère Studios since 2008. Takis started his professional career, in 1977, as director of a short movie called Le Retour du Privé. In 1982, he produced and directed a feature film, Transit. In 1985, he created two production companies, Prony Production and Fnac Communication, for the GMF Group. In 1988, he formed a partnership with Rachel Kahn to create Tara Productions. In 1990, he became Director Assistant, and later general manager of Cameras Continentales. Then he joined Ellipse as Head of Drama in 1994. In 1995, he runs Hamster Productions for Pierre Grimblat. In 1999, he joined TF1 as Head of Drama, then he is named General Assistant Director of TF1 Production, and in 2006, Head of Programs.

Nicolas Chazarain

Group Chief Legal Officer

Nicolas Chazarain is the Group Chief Legal Officer, he was appointed to this role in July 2017. Prior to joining Banijay Group, Nicolas was a M&A and corporate lawyer. As partner at De Gaulle, Fleurance & Associés until 2017, he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate law, securities law, as well as in restructuring distressed companies. Before that, Nicolas exercised at Slaughter and May in Paris and London and Bredin Prat in Paris.

Sophie Kurinckx

Group CFO

Sophie Kurinckx started her career in 2000 as an auditor for KPMG. In 2005, she joined JCDecaux as Deputy Head of Group consolidation and Group IFRS specialist. Sophie joined Banijay Group in 2010 as Head of Group Financial Controls, in 2012 she was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer.

Peter Langenberg 


Based in London and Paris, Peter is the Chief Operating Officer for Banijay Group. He was appointed to the role in November 2016 and is responsible for the Banijay Group operations in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Russia, India and the Netherlands next to his focus on building synergies and increasing development opportunities. Prior to joining Banijay Group, Peter was VP Business Management at Warner Bros International TV Production, a role he held from 2011 to 2016. Before that he was COO for R&D Media Holding and 3 Circles Media Holding. Peter also spent ten years with Endemol, where his roles included Executive Director of Operations for Latin America and later for the entire Endemol Group, and most recently as Managing Director Entertainment for Endemol Nederland B.V.

Frédérique Sauvage

General Counsel

Frédérique Sauvage left the Paris Bar to join BANIJAY in November 2009. Before joining the Group, she practised law in a US law Firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she was a partner specialized in M&A transactions. Her expertise has been key to the growth of the group over the past years.

Marie Schweitzer

EVP Strategy & Business Development

Marie Schweitzer is Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. She was appointed to this role in September 2016. Marie joined Banijay Group at its launch in 2008, as co-Head of Market Research. Since then, she held various positions in the company including Head of Creative Factory – the central unit of creation and development of formats, Content Manager and lately Head of Content, overseeing development and circulation of Group formats. Prior to join Banijay, Marie worked at Endemol France. After a couple of years in production she was appointed Head of Market Research. Marie also holds a seminar at Sciences Po Paris (Master in Communications) entitled « The International Market of TV Formats: Fundamentals and Challenges ».