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  1. Banijay Takes Majority Stake in MoviePlus Productions

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    Banijay today confirms an expansion of its operations in Israel, via the majority acquisition (51% share) of MoviePlus Productions. Further broadening the group’s drama capabilities in the region, the investment reinforces its commitment to creativity and the development of original content for local and international markets.

    MoviePlus Productions is an independent Israeli production company specialising in drama series, documentaries, and feature-length films. Established by David Mandil, it is based in Israel, and has a track record in international-spanning local drama series, which was built on the likes of critically-acclaimed Our Boys for HBO and KI, Miguel (Canal+); Deus and Jerusalem Brew, and multi-award-winning Embezzlement for YES Studios, among others.

    Beyond drama series, MoviePlus Productions is behind the Academy Award-nominated films, Footnote and Beaufort; A Tale of Love and Darkness, in which Natalie Portman made her directorial debut; Norman by Joseph Cedar, starring Richard Gere, Steve Buscemi, and Charlotte Gainsbourg; and many more.

    In its new home, as part of Banijay, MoviePlus Productions will retain its identity and DNA, and will continue to be operated by founding CEO, David Mandil, a leading producer in the region and beyond. The scripted division of Endemol Shine Israel also continues to operate separately under the guidance of Head of Drama, Gal Zaid.

    David Mandil, CEO, MoviePlus: “Movieplus has been producing for 20 years. The team and I are very proud of the path we have chosen, which led us to this great endeavor. We are very honoured to be joining hands with Banijay and Endemol Shine Israel and are determined to grasp this opportunity and together create high-end content. Along the years, we had the chance to collaborate with many talented creators, writers and directors, and are looking forward to many more challenging and fascinating projects.”

    Marco Bassetti, CEO, Banijay: “David is an impressive storymaker, who has honed a business built on creativity, originality and above all, quality. As we continue to build our position as the number one home for content artists, he is a welcome addition, and we look forward to further expanding our premium scripted offering in the Israeli market via the combined strength of Endemol Shine Israel and MoviePlus Productions.”

    Amir Ganor, CEO Endemol Shine Israel: “MoviePlus, under the leadership of David, has built a fantastic reputation in our industry for its delivery of premium feature- length films and series, which capture the world. Partnering with the best writers, directors and crews, its titles have become regulars on the global award circuits, and we are proud to be welcoming him, and the team, into our home. Together, we can continue to expand our offerings and solidify Israel’s position as a home for high- quality creativity.”

    Endemol Shine Israel has long been a player in the scripted space with releases to date including, Valley of Tears, one of the biggest and most successful dramas to come from Israel, which launched on IPBC and sold to HBO Max; Queens, which was sold in recent year to several territories, and International Emmy-nominee, Fifty. Endemol Shine Israel also won two International Emmys for its titles, Traffic Light and Nevsu.

    In joining the Banijay family and its global portfolio of labels, MoviePlus Productions will have the opportunity to strike co-production ventures with fellow scripted outfits across the world. Additionally, as part of the deal, its forthcoming titles will now be distributed by Banijay Rights.

  2. Endemol Shine Israel’s New Format Uses Virtual Avatars to Help Celebrities Find Love Outside the Limelight

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    Endemol Shine Israel, a Banijay company, today announces it has developed a new dating format, Mystery Star Date. One of the first dating shows of its kind, this social experiment relies on motion capture technology to reset the dating scene.

     

    This format,  allows celebrities to use  personalised avatars to keep their identity hidden whilst they date non-famous suitors. Aimed at removing anxiety over the suitors’ intentions and any preconceptions based on what they’ve read, the use of virtual avatars means the celebrity can be themselves as they search for a genuine connection. At the end of the series, when a bond has been formed, the famous persons’ true identity is revealed. Mystery Star Date is a bold new concept which is available to broadcasters internationally for production.

     

    Amir Ganor, Managing Director of Endemol Shine Israel says: “Testament to our team’s creativity, led by Lee Gaon, this innovative format utilises mo-cap tech to alter how we approach dating. Given its uniqueness and cultural relevance, we anticipate strong interest from the market, particularly as consumer use of virtual reality is only set to grow.

     

    Endemol Shine Israel, Twice International Emmy Award-winner, creates high-class multi-genre productions for Israeli broadcasters and global streamers. Its notable shows include Big Brother, Survivor, and the recent revival of The Money Drop. The company is also a prolific scripted producer with hit original shows such as Queens, of which the second season will air this December; the International Emmy nomineeFifty; and Valley of Tears, which has been nominated at this year’s C21 Drama Awards.

  3. Banijay Rights sells Israeli comedy drama Fifty to Arte

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    Banijay Rights today announces the sale of International Emmy-nominated Israeli dramedy Fifty to French and German broadcaster Arte.

     

    Produced by Endemol Shine Israel for Israeli broadcaster Yes TV, the Hebrew-language dramedy Fifty tells the story of 49-year-old widowed screenwriter Alona Nachmias, who is struggling to raise her three children: 22-year-old Carmel, 17-year-old Yali and 11-year-old Shira.

    Alona has two important goals to achieve before she turns 50; to sign a development deal for a comedy series and to have sex. By the end of the season she will achieve one of these.

     

    The eight-part series is created by renowned novelist and screenwriter Yael Hedaya, one of the writers behind the acclaimed Israeli TV drama series Betipul (In Treatment). Directed by award-winning director Daphna Levine, co-creator of Euphoria, the comedy drama stars Ilanit Ben-Yaakov who also starred in the original Your Honor.

     

    The series will premiere on arte.tv from July 16, 2021.

    Isabelle Queme, SVP Sales, French-speaking EMEA Banijay Rights, said: “Fifty is a witty take on the life of a 49-year-old widow as she navigates family responsibilities with attempts to land a script development, and the desire to have sex again. Along with the emotional rollercoaster she faces going through the menopause, this story has all the elements which make life interesting, and we expect Fifty will resonate strongly with audiences across France and Germany.”

    Yael Hedaya, creator and screenwriter, added: “Fifty is inspired and fuelled by the charged particles of my life as a writer and a single mother by choice, of three children. The single part was not by choice, but the kids were. Everyone admires me for my courage, but truth is I was probably just exploring new methods of self-destruction. When I turned 50 I decided to let nature do the job, so that I can sit back and enjoy being an aging dysfunctional parent.”

     

    Banijay Rights is the exclusive distributor of Fifty across all platforms and has the rights to produce and license local versions of the show around the world. Fifty was nominated for an International Emmy in the Best Comedy category.

     

    Led by Amir Ganor, Endemol Shine Israel is behind numerous internationally recognised scripted productions including Just for Today (yes TV) Queens, HaremNevsu – winner of the International Emmy Award for Best Comedy, as well as The Store That Has It All.

     

    Recent credits also include last year’s success, Valley of Tears, the epic 10-episode limited series, co-produced by Endemol Shine Israel with West End Films, and United King. Based on true events of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the title launched on Kan11 and sold to HBO Max.

  4. Endemol Shine Israel Announces Latest Scripted Comedy Series

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    Endemol Shine Israel today announces a new comedy series to launch on public broadcaster Kan11.

     

    The Store That Has It All is an 8-part series set in a bizarre and beautiful department store where everything can be found. From elephants to time-machines, lost memories to the moon (the actual moon), the store has it all. With a colourful, silly and heart-warming sales team which occasionally sings, this sitcom is about their life, and life in general.

     

    The series has been created by Uzi Weil and Shalom Gad and the Director is Eitan Zur.  Banijay Rights will distribute the show internationally.

     

    Amir Ganor, CEO of Endemol Shine Israel says; “We are proud to work with the best talent in the business and it is brilliant to bring this wonderfully uplifting series to further build our successful partnership with our public broadcaster, Kan11.”

     

    Led by Amir Ganor, Endemol Shine Israel is behind numerous internationally-recognised scripted productions including Just for Today, Harem, Nevsu, winner of the International Emmy Award for “Best Comedy” and Queens, which is currently in production for series two.  Originally created by the company’s Head of Scripted, Gal Zaid, Queens is currently in development in the US with Gal Gadot and Jaron Varsano serving as Executive Producers under their Pilot Wave production banner, with Endemol Shine North America and Endemol Shine Israel.

     

    Recent credits also include last year’s success, Valley of Tears, the epic ten-episode limited series, co-produced by Endemol Shine Israel with West End Films and United King. Based on true events of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the title launched on Kan11 and sold to HBO Max.  In 2020 the company also received a nomination for an International Emmy with comedy Fifty.

  5. Endemol Shine Israel Brings The Money Drop to Reshet

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    Endemol Shine Israel, a Banijay company, today announces Reshet has ordered a new version of global hit game show, The Money Drop.

     

    The Money Drop, one of the most successful game shows in the world, is making a return to Israel, on new broadcaster Reshet, after a decade off-air. Originally created by Remarkable Television, the format has been adapted in over 53 territories to date.

     

    The high-stakes entertainment series sees contestants begin with a huge cash prize which they can only keep if they correctly answer multiple choice questions. If they answer incorrectly, their winnings fall through a trap door and are gone forever.

     

    Amir Ganor, CEO of Endemol Shine Israel comments: “This format offers entertainment at its very best. After a ten-year hiatus, we can’t wait to produce this nail-biting game show with Reshet, bringing The Money Drop to a new generation of Israelis and welcoming back those that previously loved the show.”

     

    Ami Glam, CCO Reshet 13, Head of 13Global: “The Money Drop is a game show much-loved by fans who can’t help but play along and live vicariously through the contestants. With just eight questions standing in the way of a big win, this format is packed with excitement and jeopardy.”

     

    Endemol Shine Israel is one of Israel’s leading TV production companies. Its multi-genre formats have won great success both in the local and international markets, with its notable shows including Big Brother, Queens, Fifty, Valley of Tears and Games of Chef.