Banijay, the world’s largest independent home to the best creative talent and IP, today announces Endemol France and Teddy Riner, a multi-Olympic gold medal winner, are joining forces to create Yasuke Production, an equally-owned production company.
Through this partnership, Endemol France and Teddy Riner will jointly develop and produce formats with a focus on the world of sport, for all broadcasters and platforms, with wide audience appeal.
Teddy Riner comments: “I am extremely proud to be joining forces with Endemol France, and see huge potential in this partnership. I first discovered the world of production through the France 2 documentary La Quête, which traced my journey to the Tokyo Games. This gave me the drive to deepen my knowledge, to undertake, to work, and to think about formats that could be adapted in the sports sense. The power of the image in sport is so strong, and now it is time to take this to the next level and explore different avenues for the genre. I believe this partnership will evolve to become the most beautiful playing field.”
Jean-Louis Blot, President of Endemol France comments: “Teddy Riner is not only a great champion and one of the best sports people in France, but also a seasoned entrepreneur, and we are very happy to be creatively collaborating through this partnership. Teddy already has many exciting ideas and we can’t wait to start supporting him in the development and production of these new sports formats.”
Banijay France’s production label, Endemol France is behind some of the country’s most popular non-scripted hits. Flagship shows include local versions of Banijay formats LEGO Masters (M6) and Celebrity Hunted (Amazon Prime), as well as French adaptations of LOL (Amazon Prime), and Drag Race France (France.tv Slash), and a range of locally created hits Les 12 Coups de Midi (TF1), Prodigies (France 2), Children of TV(France 2), Patron Incognito (M6) and The Best Bakery in France (M6).