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 policewoman sister Gina is paid to uphold it and makes it her mission to find the owner of the weapon.
Banijay Rights will launch a number of brand new dramas at MIPCOM, including The Restaurant, a 10 x 60’ impassioned family saga about love, conflict and betrayal produced by Banijay’s Jarowskij, in collaboration with SVT, Viaplay and Film i Väst. Set at the end of the Second World War, the drama centres around a high-end restaurant in the heart of Stockholm and the family members that run it. How will they face the challenge of keeping their family together while securing the survival of the restaurant in a new age? A second 10 x 60’ season has already been commissioned by SVT and will be available in 2018.
Juda is an 8 x 45’ thriller series produced by United Studios of Israel for HOT. A low-life gambler, Juda is hustling a living in the murky depths of the criminal underworld. After borrowing money from the French mafia for a seat at a high-stakes Romanian poker game, he wins big, only for his luck to run out when he is robbed and bitten by a seductive vampiress, who has unknowingly broken the cardinal rule of her forefathers by drinking Jewish blood and begun her own path to mortality. What follows is a sweeping tale of an unwilling hero’s journey to redemption, true friendship and forbidden love as Juda is hunted by Romanian vampires, Israeli cops and French mobsters whilst running from his own fate – what he could become…?
Resolve is a tense 1 x 90’ TV Movie produced by Banijay’s Screentime NZ, based on a true story in which one brave man takes a stand against gang intimidation – and pays a terrible price. Resolve was a ratings hit on TVNZ when it aired earlier this year, winning its timeslot across key demographics with a share of more than 30%. Jean is an absorbing 1 x 90’ TV Movie from Lippy Pictures for TVNZ. It tells the story of how Jean Batten, a forgotten 1930s aviator, celebrity – and mystery – risked everything to become the first person to fly solo from England to her homeland of New Zealand.
Brand new, returning series of successful dramas are also on Banijay Rights’ slate for MIPCOM, including a second season of ratings hit and award-winning political thriller Occupied (8 x 45’), produced by Banijay’s Yellow Bird Norge for Viaplay and ARTE. Taking place one year after the Russian “Silk Occupation” which forced Norway to resume oil production to supply a Europe in the grip of an energy crisis, this season kicks off with an armed conflict between the Norwegian Coast Guard and a Russian security company. As arms are pointed at one another it becomes increasingly obvious that the premise for ruling the country is set by somebody else. The silk glove is turning into an iron fist. This highly tense crisis situation spurs a chain of conflicts that has severe consequences. The question on everyone’s lips is: Who can you trust?
Also available for the first time from Banijay Rights in Cannes is season two of the hit cult series Wolf Creek (6 x 60’), a Stan original series produced by Screentime, and the second 6 x 60’ season of contemporary family drama Secret Daughter, produced by Banijay’s Screentime Australia for Channel 7.
Caroline Torrance, Head of Scripted at Banijay Rights, commented, “We are very proud of our fiction line-up for MIPCOM – it is extremely diverse and holds wide appeal for our international clients and their audiences. The common denominators are good story telling, of course, and high quality production values throughout. We have had the pleasure to work with many of the world’s leading talent both in front of and behind the camera and this is illustrated by the extraordinary drama we will present in Cannes.”