Banijay, the world’s largest independent home to the best creative talent and IP, today announces it has acquired the exclusive global format distribution rights to Wild Cooks, a genre-busting series from French-Canadian production company Toast in collaboration with Quebecor Content.
Adventurous cooks from all walks of life compete in the wildest, most enthralling culinary battle on television. Super chefs leave the comfort of their professional kitchens behind and are dropped into an isolated forest camp by helicopter. Battling the elements, as well as their own food cravings and fatigue, the chefs must ambitiously prepare dishes using surprising ingredients and an open flame. Under time pressure to deliver and impress the judges, who will be the wildest cook?
Created for the French- Canadian audience by local production company Toast, Wild Cooks launched on VRAI, the leading French-Canadian unscripted SVOD service, and was so popular a second season will be launch this week. The format will become part of the Banijay catalogue, with the company globally representing the show, excluding French-Canada.
Carlotta Rossi Spencer, Head of Format Acquisitions at Banijay says: “There is something very cool about this unique series which combines the very best elements of cookery and adventure reality formats. As creatives, we can use our know-how and expertise with MasterChef and Survivor, to collaborate and bring Wild Cooks to the international marketplace, and it will be exciting to see another format from French-Canada travel the world. Being a responsible producer, it also feels incredibly important to showcase sustainable food and amazing landscapes with the content we represent.”
Ian Quenneville, Producer at Toast Studio says: “This unique competition format Wild Cooks combines reality and survival genres with the wilderness and amazing chefs, who are cooking incredible and unexpected meals out of nothing! We can’t wait for the world to be entertained but mostly inspired by this fresh approach to culinary formats. It’s time to reconnect with nature… which has so much to offer”
Cynthia Kennedy, Vice-President, Distribution of Incendo and Quebecor Content says: “We are looking forward to seeing this incredible format take the world by storm with Banijay. It’s a truly unique reality show that leads viewers on an exciting journey of discovery into cooking, survivalism, and the unspoiled wilds. We are confident that audiences around the world will respond to this format which showcases Québec’s creative talent.”
This deal follows the recent news that Banijay’s Still Got It!, having landed an acquisition of an original, new factual entertainment format from South African prod-co Rebelintown. Banijay has also picked up two new Korean formats with Exchange from CJ ENM, and C21 Format Award nominee Bloody Game from MBC.
These formats join Banijay’s catalogue of over 4000 formats, beside flagship brands Survivor, Hunted, MasterChef, LEGO Masters and Big Brother, as well as the company’s portfolio of fresh new IP Starstruck, Limitless Win, The Courtship, Your Body Uncovered and more.
Banijay, the world’s largest independent home to the best creative talent and IP, today announces it has acquired the exclusive multi-territory format rights to Bloody Game, an innovative new Korean format from MBC.
Bloody Game is a competition reality series where one fierce survivor walks away with a grand cash prize. To win, they must beat their rivalrous competitors, who live together in a secret house and face a series of challenges with no contact from the outside world. To avoid elimination, the contestants use tactics, form alliances, or else engage in player-to-player conspiracies whilst competing in games. When evicted, they are sent to a secret room where they reside for the remainder of the game. Unless, however, they succeed in a final chance to return upstairs for the Bloody Game to continue with a hope to walk away with the prize.
The deal will see Banijay represent the format in nine countries across Europe, with potential to be adapted in France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
The series launched in Korea in November last year, drawing subscribers to OTT channel WAVVE, who partnered with MBC on the show.
Bloody Game has just been nominated for a C21 Format Award, with the winner revealed at MIPTV in Cannes. Also at the market, Banijay’s Carlotta Rossi Spencer will be speaking on a FRAPA panel titled ‘The Rise of International Partnerships and Co-Productions’ on Monday March 4th.
Carlotta Rossi Spencer, Head of Format Acquisitions at Banijay says: “With real prize money on the line, the stakes are high in this uncompromising new survival game, where the winner takes it all. Packed with intriguing games and reality, Bloody Game brings the much-admired creativity of recent Korean dramas to the unscripted world. It is a bold show which explores important themes. It’s always brilliant to partner with producers around the world and bring their content to the global marketplace.”
Jean Hur, Director of Format Sales at MBC says: “There are numerous survival formats out there, but MBC’s Bloody Game is above the rest, packed with unique twists to absorb viewers in each episode and action which unfolds beyond anything you could imagine. We hope the show will follow the global path of other Korean formats which have travelled the world.”
This deal follows the recent news that Banijay’s Still Got It!, having landed an acquisition of an original, new factual entertainment format from South African prod-co Rebelintown.
These formats join Banijay’s catalogue of over 4000 formats, beside flagship brands Survivor, Hunted, MasterChef, LEGO Masters and Big Brother, as well as the company’s portfolio of fresh new IP Starstruck, Limitless Win, The Courtship, Your Body Uncovered and more.
Banijay, the world’s largest independent home to the best creative talent and IP, today announces it has acquired the exclusive format rights to an original new factual entertainment series from Rebelintown.
Created by Jimmy Muteba at the South African based production company, Still Got It! sees older people aged 60- 80 competing in a series of fun and unexpected challenges with the help of the Gen Z crowd, to see which of them has Still Got It!. From modelling, songwriting, dancing, gaming, cooking, art and adventure sports, the vibrant older people are put to the test by their younger counterparts. A cash prize is up for grabs by the person who impresses a panel of influential young judges.
Known locally in South Africa as The Coolest OGs, the series made its worldwide debut in June last year on free-to-air channel SABC and was licensed to SVOD platform Showmax in September. Rebelintown retains the rights to distribute the format in Africa, working in partnership with Banijay on a non-exclusive basis in North Africa, and with Banijay exclusively responsible for deals across the rest of the world.
Carlotta Rossi Spencer, Head of Format Acquisitions at Banijay says: “With a burgeoning creative industry in South Africa, it’s an exciting time to bring Rebelintown’s Still Got It! to the international market. Here at Banijay, we are constantly looking for new innovative partners, and fresh creative IP, and we see great potential in this positive, intergenerational show. We are impressed with the unscripted content created by the team at Rebelintown and look forward to bringing an original show from South Africa to the international market.”
Jimmy Muteba, CEO of Rebelintown says: “There is a growing movement which sees African creativity having its moment in the spotlight. This format cuts across generations and with its universal nature, Still Got It! holds great potential to be adapted across the globe. Banijay is a company that has long inspired me creatively with local versions of big, noisy formats such as MasterChef, Survivor and Big Brother so popular here in South Africa, and we are incredibly pleased to be heading to the world stage and joining their premium quality slate.”
Other credits for Rebelintown include TRACE Music Star, the world’s first music talent search competition where the public could enter simply by recording their song on a phone call. The show was licensed to TRACE, and rolled out across fourteen African countries, over three seasons, and also sold to France. High-profile judges included
Wyclef Jean, Akon, Keri Hilson and Dawala.
Still Got It! will join Banijay’s catalogue of over 4000 formats, beside flagship brands Survivor, Hunted, MasterChef, LEGO Masters and Big Brother, as well as the company’s portfolio of fresh new IP Starstruck, Limitless Win, The Courtship and more.
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Banijay today announces the acquisition of animation company, Monello Productions. The addition of this producer, alongside Zodiak Kids and Tiger Aspect Kids and Family, bolsters the group’s existing children’s catalogue, taking it up to more than 2,200 hours.
Previously part of Tetra Media Studio, Monello Productions is an independent prodco created in 2013 by former Télé Images producer Giorgio Welter. The business is currently producing When I Was Your Age(52×11’-FTV/RAI),Street Footballseason 4, in co-production with Zodiak Kids (26×22’-FTV/RAI), and the new CGI series of the iconic Hello Kitty.
Marco Bassetti, Chief Executive, Banijay comments: “Monello perfectly supports our ambitions to expand our Kids activity at Banijay. Hello Kitty, Street Football and its amazing development line-up are a hugely important commercial asset for the business and with Zodiak Kids, we now have an impressive catalogue of children’s content for buyers and licensees alike, which we only see growing.”
Giorgio Welter, President of Monello Productions: “We are thrilled to be part of an impressive and entrepreneurial group like Banijay. Synergies for distribution, licensing and new media are very important in a competitive market like animation so it makes total sense to be alongside Zodiak Kids.”
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Banijay today announces the addition of Name That Tune to its burgeoning 100,000-hour catalogue, having secured the format’s global distribution rights. Given the title’s previous commissions, the deal excludes the USA, Canada, Australia, Russia and Poland.
Born in the 1950s, this long-running, family-friendly show is still an audience favourite, combining music and competition. Battling it out over an assortment of games, two contestants try to prove they possess more musical knowledge than the other. A key element of this format is the band. They perform live resulting in an electric atmosphere within the studio. In truth, the questions will span any decade and any genre, so the contestants must be able to tell their Elvis from their Kanye. However, defeating their opponent is not the sole goal. To be in with a chance of taking home the top cash prize, the victorious contestant has to get to the final round and correctly identify seven songs within 30 seconds.
To date, Name That Tune has been adapted in twenty-six markets including the UK, Australia and Brazil. In line with the format take-up, Banijay Italia has confirmed it will bring the highly-anticipated second series to TV8 this spring. This follows the format’s successful return to Fox in the USA on the 6th January 2021, where it exceeded expectations among 18 – 49-year olds.
Carlotta Rossi Spencer, Head of Format Acquisitions comments: “Name That Tune has already proven popular with an international audience and we have no doubt we can extend its reach into new territories given its notoriety in the market as a highly entertaining, relevant, family show. A testament to the power of music and our love of gameshows, this format is perfect especially at a time when we are all after some light-hearted, comforting fun!”
Banijay Rights will handle distribution for those territories outside the existing Banijay footprint.
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Banijay today announces it is set to raise awareness around domestic abuse via two new formats: Crimes of Passion, an acquisition and original production by La Bastoggi, and Love You To Death, from Jarowskij.
The programmes stress the need to recognise the enormous social problem impacting millions of women globally, with the two formats placing emphasise back on the women and not the perpetrators. The victims are depicted in their own words or those of their close friends and family and the titles explore why so few report their partners, why in many cases they remain with their abuser and the shame and guilt which stems from that decision. Both shows ultimately focus on altering how these crimes are retold to reduce stigma and instead raise awareness and promote understanding.
Crimes of Passion has aired in Italy since 2007 and was also broadcast in Spain on Telecinco. This 120’ format centres around femicide and in each episode leans on retellings to focus on one woman who was killed and the narrative of her family and close friends, as opposed to the judicial system. The women are the victims of obsessive love, violence and… ultimately, murder, and this high-end docu-fiction format mixes news footage, real footage, reconstructions and testimonies to bring to life the devastating impact domestic violence has on both the victims and those around them.
Jarowskij-produced 6×30’ documentary, Love You To Death, is set for SVT and highlights the variations of abuse numerous women are subjected to from those they are in close relationships with. These testimonies promote awareness around habits that occur over longer periods, as the diversity of those affected. Focusing on the survivors, the format includes their retellings of events, reconstructions, authentic images, trial recordings, private photos and movies to illustrate each woman’s narrative.
Carlotta Rossi Spencer, Head of Format Acquisitions at Banijay said: “These formats shed light on an incredibly serious topic and issue facing millions of women around the world. As a large global player, we must take responsibility for highlighting the gravity and commonality of this issue and we hope both formats will prove valuable options for clients looking to raise awareness.”
Both formats are now available via Banijay Rights.
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Banijay today announced the completion of the acquisition of Endemol Shine Group, previously co-owned by The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO). The closed deal, which has been successfully approved by the relevant regulators worldwide in consultation with relevant employee representative bodies, sees the French-headquartered group scale up significantly to approximately 200 entities across 22 countries.
The deal makes Banijay the largest international content producer and distributor, ramping up its distribution division, Banijay Rights, and building a catalogue of over 88,000 hours of multi-genre premium entertainment brands. Cementing a collective of the world’s best creative entrepreneurs and an abundance of first-class and new and innovative IP, the business, which retains its name, will act as a go-to for clients across all territories and genres. Total pro-forma revenue of the combined group for 2019 reached approximately €2.7 billion.
As of today, Banijay represents a number of the world’s biggest brands and global formats including Survivor, Big Brother, Peaky Blinders, Temptation Island, MasterChef, Wallander, The Kardashians, Mr Bean, The Wall, Hunted, Black Mirror, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Deal or No Deal.
The combined group will be led by Chief Executive Officer, Marco Bassetti, with Sophie Turner Laing stepping down from her role as Chief Executive Officer of Endemol Shine Group. Turner Laing’s final day will be Friday 10thJuly.
Marco Bassetti, Chief Executive Officer, Banijay comments: “The close of this unique deal represents the joining of two businesses built on entrepreneurialism, creativity and people. Aligned in thinking, and approach, we now stand together as the world’s largest international content creation and distribution group. Expanding our catalogue and investment in high-quality, multi-genre IP, extending our footprint significantly, and welcoming a number of new world-class creatives, we hope to become a go-to for clients, and home for the best talent to create the most innovative and fresh scripted and non-scripted programming. With newfound scale and increased strength in the industry, we are excited by the path ahead. I’d like to finish by thanking Sophie for her ongoing support and hard work in such a challenging year.”
Sophie Turner Laing, Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine Group comments: “This deal bookmarks a creatively rich, commercially successful and relentlessly prolific five and a half years as Endemol Shine Group. It has been a real privilege and honour to lead such a talented and dynamic group of people, each of whom has played their part in, and should be proud of, our many collective successes over this time. As the start of an exciting new chapter in the company’s story, it is also the appropriate time for me to step down as CEO, and I wish Marco and his team the very best for the future.”
The acquisition has been financed through a capital increase of Banijay Group and debt financing, and was combined with a full refinancing of the financial debt of Banijay and Endemol Shine. Deutsche Bank, Natixis and Société Générale acted as global coordinators and joint bookrunners and BNP Paribas and Bank of America as joint bookrunners on the debt financing. Post- closing, the combined group will be held by LDH (67.1%) and Vivendi (32.9%).
LDH is a holding company controlled by Financière LOV (more than 52% of the capital), Stéphane Courbit’s investment arm. LDH has the following other shareholders: the Italian Group De Agostini and Fimalac, the investment company of Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière. In addition to a direct investment in LDH, Fimalac has reinforced its long-term partnership with Financière LOV by increasing its stake in Financière LOV from 5.75% to 8.4%.
Rothschild and PJ Solomon (a Natixis affiliate) acted as financial advisors to Banijay Group. Société Générale acted as financial advisor to Financière LOV. Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Banijay Group in connection with the transaction. Deutsche Bank, Natixis, Société Générale, BNP Paribas and Bank of America underwrote the financial debt and were advised by Latham & Watkins AARPI.
LionTree Advisors acted as financial advisor to Endemol Shine Group, including The Walt Disney Company and the Apollo funds, in connection with the transaction. Deutsche Bank acted as financial advisor to Endemol Shine Group in connection with the transaction. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP advised the Apollo funds and Endemol Shine Group in connection with the transaction. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP advised The Walt Disney Company in connection with the transaction. Hogan Lovells International LLP advised Endemol Shine Group in connection with the transaction.
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Banijay Group S.A.S. (“Banijay”) today announced the launch of a €2.373 billion (equivalent) financing through Banijay, Banijay Entertainment S.A.S. and Banijay Group US Holding, Inc., subject to market and other conditions.
The financing package comprises:
€525 million senior secured notes due 2025 (the “Euro Senior Secured Notes”);
$363 million senior secured notes due 2025 (the “Dollar Senior Secured Notes”);
€400 million senior notes due 2026 (the “Senior Notes” and together with the Euro Senior Secured Notes and Dollar Senior Secured Notes, the “Notes”);
€953 million (equivalent) term loan B facilities in a combination of euros and dollars (the “Senior Facilities”); and
€170 million (equivalent) multicurrency Revolving Credit Facility, of which €75 million (equivalent) would be available prior to the closing of the acquisition of the Endemol Shine group (the “Endemol Shine Acquisition”).
The proceeds of the financing will be used in a two-step financing transaction.
On the date of issuance of the Notes, the proceeds of the Euro Senior Secured Notes will be used to (i) redeem Banijay’s existing senior secured notes due 2022, (ii) repay in full Banijay’s existing senior credit facilities, (iii) refinance the consideration payable for the previously announced acquisition of The Natural Studios Limited, (iv) fund cash on balance sheet, which is intended to be used as part of the financing of the Endemol Shine Acquisition, and (v) pay fees and expenses in connection with the refinancing.
On the date of completion of the Endemol Shine Acquisition, the proceeds of the Dollar Senior Secured Notes and the Senior Notes, together with equity contributed by certain of Banijay’s shareholders, amounts drawn under the Senior Facilities and the portion of the cash proceeds of the offering of the Euro Senior Secured Notes remaining on balance sheet, to (i) acquirethe Endemol Shine group, (ii) refinance certain existing indebtedness of the Endemol Shine group and (iii) pay the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the transactions.
The consummation of the Endemol Shine Acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including clearance by the antitrust authorities.
Concurrent with the launch of the financing, Banijay is also issuing a conditional redemption notice for the redemption of its existing senior secured notes due 2022.
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Banijay Rights today announces the acquisition of Funwood Media. Incorporating both of the businesses sub-brands, Funwood Media Italia and Funwood Media Ibérica, the deal sees Banijay Group’s leading distribution arm enhance its distribution, production and licensing capabilities across Europe.
Operating primarily across Italy and Spain, Funwood Media works with many of the leading players across both regions (Rai, Sky, Discovery, Paramount, Turner, TVE, Mediaset, A3 Media, MGM, Movistar+), as well as a number of regional outfits. Most recently, the business has also made moves into France with M6.
Acting as distributor, producer and agent, the company represents a host of brands, identifying, buying, distributing and managing content and ancillary Rights for them, as well as creating original IP. Its production credits currently include Monica Chef, a 40×30’ kids TV series in collaboration with Disney Channel Italia (Spain, France, Benelux, Italy, Brazil, Denmark), and La Sala, an 8×60’ cop thriller (Spain, Portugal, Poland & Russia). In addition, it leads a strong licensing and merchandising portfolio which encompasses Daniel Tiger, Atari, Animal Planet, Godzilla and Shaun the Sheep.
As Head of Distribution for Banijay Group, and leader of Banijay Rights, Tim Mutimer will partner with Founder of Funwood Media, Aldo Spagnoli, to capitalise on the company’s expertise across Italy, Spain and France.
Marco Bassetti, CEO, Banijay Group comments: “Boosting our footprint and expertise across Spain and Italy, Aldo brings a strong track-record and extensive portfolio. We are pleased to have him onboard and feel the business complements Tim’s existing strategy and operations in these regions.”
Tim Mutimer, comments: “Aldo is incredibly well-established across Spain and Italy, and with a growing presence in France, he is perfectly positioned to add value to our activities there, while supplementing our ongoing distribution and licensing efforts.”
Aldo Spagnoli adds: “It’s a real pleasure to have the opportunity to join Banijay. It is a milestone in our company´s history that allows us to keep growing with the best partner and team we could have in this ever-changing market.”
Banijay Germany, part of Banijay Group, today confirms the full acquisition of production entity, Good Times. The deal sees the independent label join the Germany group, sitting alongside Banijay Productions and Brainpool. Company founder, Sylvia Fahrenkrog-Petersen, will remain at the helm of the business as Managing Director and producer, overseeing its slate and all operations.
Marcus Wolter, CEO Banijay Germany comments: “Good Times has been synonymous with successful daytime formats and strong in-house developments in the field of factual entertainment and social docu for many years. I am personally pleased that Sylvia Fahrenkrog-Petersen has chosen us as a partner since the brand is a perfect addition to the current genre portfolio for Banijay Germany. Through the acquisition, we are welcoming a new family member, which has the potential to grow and thrive within our group.”
Sylvia Fahrenkrog-Petersen adds: “Banijay offers all the prerequisites of a great new home for Good Times. My team and I can now access a strong format catalogue and finally market our own ideas worldwide. Working in a large international network, is an exciting challenge for us, which we accept with enthusiasm.”
Good Times was founded in 1998 in Berlin by Sylvia Fahrenkrog-Petersen and has been based in Cologne since 2000. Offering a plethora of genres, the business produces docu-soaps, reports, coaching formats, scripted reality, and fiction for various television stations accross Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Titles include Mein Lokal, Dein Lokal – Der Profi kommt (Kabel Eins), Der Trödeltrupp – Das Geld liegt im Keller (RTL2), Dinner Party – Der LateNight Talk (Sat1), Armes Deutschland (RTL 2), Unser Kiosk – Trost und Prost im Viertel (Kabel Eins).
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