Banijay Group expands its German presence creating Banijay Productions Germany with leading executive Arno Schneppenheim as Managing Director

1 March, 2018

Banijay Group, the world’s largest independent content creation group for television and multimedia platforms, has today created a brand new production company in Germany, Banijay Productions Germany. Award-winning industry veteran Arno Schneppenheim, former founder of Endemol Shine-owned German production company Florida TV, will run Banijay Productions Germany from its headquarters in Cologne.

Marco Bassetti, CEO Banijay Group, commented, “Germany is one of the largest and diverse broadcast markets in the world with a strong growth in pay and OTT services.  At Banijay Group we intend to capitalise on the many opportunities this flourishing territory can offer and are delighted to welcome Arno Schneppenheim to lead Banijay Productions Germany.”

Arno Schneppenheim said, “We aim to build Banijay Productions Germany into one of the most innovative production companies for TV, video-on-demand and live entertainment, offering new, fresh, daytime, access and primetime formats as well as branded content and social media productions.”

Peter Langenberg, COO Banijay Group, added, “Arno is an extremely creative and energetic producer who we know will deliver unique and original content that will work across multiple platforms in Germany and internationally.”

Arno Schneppenheim (46) began his career as an author in 1997 for RTL Samstag Nacht, 7 Tage, 7 Köpfe and later started working for Brainpool as part of TV Total’s founding team and producer of the shows Elton.TV and Rent a Pocher. He joined Endemol Shine in 2009 as Head of Unit Comedy and Light Entertainment. In 2012, he also became Managing Director of Florida TV, a joint venture between Joko Winterscheidt, Klaas Heufer-Umlauf and Endemol Shine. Schneppenheim was awarded with numerous important awards in Germany such as the German Comedy Award, German Television Award, Grimme Award and the international Rose d’Or for his productions like Circus Halli Galli, Duell um die Welt, Kitchen Impossible or Die beste Show der Welt.