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  1. Party Workers Heading to Germany

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    Media and entertainment powerhouse Banijay today announces the first international version of the hit reality format, Party Workers. The new German iteration is being filmed in Majorca, Spain and will be produced by Banijay Productions Germany for Joyn.

    Originally a Banijay Productions France show for W9, Party Workers documents the experiences of a group of young people as they travel to party hot spots where they must hold down jobs, take part in challenges and adapt to the culture. With over 20 series and spin-offs set in incredible locations such as Ibiza, Las Vegas, Thailand and Australia, the format remains incredibly successful in France after a decade on air.

    Arno Schneppenheim, Managing Director of Banijay Productions Germany says: Party Workers is the perfect addition to our portfolio as it is packed with humour, fun and entertainment. We are looking forward to working with Joyn to bring this hit French format to our audiences.”

    Lucas Green, Chief Content Officer, Operations at Banijay commented: “With its high-energy and feel-good nature, Party Workers is a compelling format which has consistently delivered strong ratings in France. Reality is always a popular non-scripted genre but the current demand for it is at an all-time high. With the proven success of Banijay Productions Germany in producing shows in this space, such as Battle of The Reality Stars, this first adaptation of the format is in safe hands.”

     Banijay Productions Germany creates and produces innovative and popular series within the unscripted genre such as Temptation Island, Trash or Treasure and Battle of the Reality Stars. The company also includes label Doc.Banijay, which specialises in sports documentary making within its portfolio.

  2. Banijay Productions Germany Springs for Big Bounce Battle

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    Banijay today announces Banijay Productions Germany, the company behind hit German shows Battle of the Reality Stars and Temptation Island, will produce Big Bounce Battle (Big Bounce – Die Trampolin Show) for RTL. The third series of the show, which last aired in 2019, is set for 2023 with more action, new obstacles, new challenges, and an epic final.

    Talented trampoline athletes aged between 10 and 55 will take part in this fast-paced physical game show, which will test their endurance, agility and balance. To reach the final, the contestants must take part in elimination heats compiled of parkour obstacles, which will have them leaping, bouncing, and twisting. Only the finalist, who completes the specially designed trampoline course in the fastest time, will take home the incredible cash prize. Big Bounce Battle combines the fun-packed competitive energy of a game show, with the high production value of a talent contest and is sure to make you want to jump out of your seat.

    Arno Schneppenheim, Managing Director of Banijay Productions Germany says:Big Bounce Battle is colourful, dynamic, and packed with adrenaline, making it the perfect watch for all ages. We are excited to work with RTL once more and see contestants from all walks of life compete in the new series, which will be more entertaining and exhilarating than ever.”

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay adds: “This format is visually powerful and full of jeopardy, topped off with some awe-inspiring moves. Banijay Productions Germany has done a fantastic job reinvigorating the show, which is now bigger, bouncier and back with a bang.”

    Created by Endemol Shine Nederland, this IP first aired in Germany in 2018 and was the country’s highest-rated new unscripted show that year as well as RTL’s highest-rated game show in four years for the German commercial target (Adults 14 – 49). It has also travelled to territories such as France and the US where Big Bounce Battle received a primetime Emmy nomination for Best Game Show.

  3. Banijay’s Name That Tune Makes Comeback in Germany

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    Banijay Productions Germany, a Banijay company, today confirms it will produce, Let the Music Play – Das Hit Quiz (Name That Tune) for SAT.1.


    Returning after 20 years, the German adaptation will be hosted by Amiaz Habtu, and Wolf & The Gang will perform the music. Blending nostalgia with current pop culture, songs from any genre and any decade are played live in the studio on this musical gameshow. Let the Music Play – Das Hit Quiz sees three contestants battle it out across five rounds to see who can correctly name the song the quickest – only one contestant will go through to the final and be in with the chance of walking away with €10,000.


    Arno Schneppenheim, CEO of Banijay Productions Germany comments: “We’re looking forward to adding our twist to the well-loved format and putting Germany’s music knowledge to the test. Amiaz Habtu is the perfect fit to host Let the Music Play – Das Hit Quiz and we’re excited for audiences to enjoy the music.”


    Carlotta Rossi Spencer, Head of Format Acquisitions comments: “Having recently added this format to our catalogue, it is great to secure another commission. The format taps into what audiences love about gameshows, whilst the live music brings a celebratory, fun atmosphere, both for the contestants and those playing along at home.”


    Let the Music Play is based on globally-renowned format, Name That Tune, which has already travelled to 26 markets to date. Originally created in America, the traditional gameshow re-launched on FOX in January 2021, hosted by Jane Krakowski with Randy Jackson leading the band.


    Since Banijay added the format to its catalogue earlier this year, Name That Tune has enjoyed renewed success. Produced by Banijay Italia, the second series broke records for TV8, becoming the second most-watched entertainment programme aired in prime time for the channel during the 2020/21 season. In the UK, the format has also received increased attention, with two episodes airing as part of ITV’s “Epic Gameshow.” The first episode was ITV’s highest-rated show of the day and the second had a peak audience of 3.51 million viewers.


    Banijay Rights distributes the format outside of the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and Poland.

  4. Banijay Productions Germany Establishes New Documentary Unit, Doc. Banijay

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    Banijay Productions Germany GmbH confirms it has expanded its portfolio into documentary series with new label, Doc.Banijay. The new entity is set to be led by Executive Producer Marc Schlömer, who reports to Banijay Productions Managing Director, Arno Schneppenheim.


    Marc Schlömer has spent 20 years at broadcaster ARD as a Bundesliga football league commentator, and as the author of documentaries including Das Leben ist ein Hauch. During his time there, he was awarded a German Television Award for his reports for WDR magazine, Sport Inside. Schlömer is also known for addressing climate change and socio-politics topics, having produced projects for ARD-Weltspiegel and Swiss Television. These are areas which he will continue to tackle through the Banijay-backed Doc unit.


    Schlömer is renouncing his participation as a reporter at the Olympic Games but will maintain his broadcasting roles for ARD at the European Football Championship. Additionally, he will continue to contribute to Sport Inside and the online series, “No Sports!?”, for WDR.


    Other genres, including Factual, Reality and Comedy will continue to be led by Banijay Productions Germany’s Creative Director, Katrin Heller.


    Marc Schlömer: “For me, the fact that I get the chance to co-found and build a docu-department within Europe’s largest production group is an honour. I am grateful to the ARD managers for allowing me to step back from upcoming tasks in the summer so that we can get started straight away at Banijay Productions Germany.”


    Arno Schneppenheim, Managing Director of Banijay Productions Germany: “I have long been interested in the genre of journalistic documentation and with brilliant talent such as Marc leading, we have the perfect expert to create this new arm within Banijay Productions Germany.”

  5. Banijay Renovates Changing Rooms for Germany

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    Banijay today announces home renovation format Changing Rooms is making a comeback in Germany after 15 years.


    Commercial broadcaster RTLZWEI has ordered a 4-part series from Banijay Productions Germany, which is set to air later this year.


    This year will also see the legendary property series refreshed in the UK, making a high-profile return to its home market. Produced by Shine TV, the UK series will air on Channel 4, in partnership with Dulux.


    Changing Rooms sees two sets of homeowners from the same neighbourhood work against the clock to renovate a room in each other’s houses. They might not share the same tastes, but they are completely in charge of creating a new look for the chosen room – and anything goes.


    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations, Creative Networks at Banijay says: “In a year when the world has been forced to stay at home, we’ve learned that property and interiors shows have become more relevant than ever before. Home renovation and DIY are thriving and viewers are hungry for inspiration for refreshing and fun designs. With the UK and now Germany updating the show to suit the Instagram and Pinterest generation, we are already seeing advanced interest in other markets.”


    Arno Shneppenheim, Managing Director at Banijay Productions Germany says, “Changing Rooms offers great renovations and high-drama as neighbours take charge of one another’s homes. Viewers can expect jaw-dropping moments as well as plenty of hints and tips on how to upscale and design with flair.”


    Shona Fraser, Head of Entertainment & Development at RTLZWEI comments: “We’re very excited to bring the “Changing Rooms” reboot to Germany and think it will be a perfect fit for our young female audience. We’ll be telling the story across all our linear and digital platforms to reach our audience on all touchpoints.”


    Changing Rooms first launched in the UK in 1996 and has been adapted in 12 markets. The format has made recent returns in the US where it is known as Trading Spaces, as well as Australia.

    Led by Arno Schneppenheim, Banijay Productions Germany has a diverse slate spanning entertainment, comedy, reality and adventure. Recent and forthcoming credits include Temptation Island and Temptation Island VIP, Battle of the Reality Stars, Stand Up 3000, Undressed and Sing On!

  6. Endemol Shine Germany Launches New Reality Label with Rainer Laux

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    Banijay Germany confirms the creation of Rainer Laux Productions GmbH, a collaboration between renowned and successful TV producer, Rainer Laux, and Endemol Shine Germany.


    With his many years of experience and an exceptionally strong celebrity network, Laux will continue to expand the development, production and sales of new reality formats under the Endemol Shine Germany umbrella.


    Laux is behind some of Germany’s biggest reality hits; he was producer of the first Big Brother season in Germany for Endemol in 2000 and made Celebrity Big Brother for Sat.1, a talk-of-the-town format. This year, two series of Big Brother aired in Germany, with civilian and celebrity versions produced under Covid-19 guidelines.


    In spring of this year, Rainer Laux, his team, and the in-house developers of Promis unter Palmen (Paradise Hell), achieved outstanding ratings of up to 21.2 percent market share (14-49 years) on Sat.1. The format is now part of the Banijay Rights catalogue.


    Further upcoming projects for various streaming providers and broadcasters are set for 2021, includingClaudia’s House of Love, a format with reality star Claudia Obert, which launched on 7 January on Joyn. In addition to the reality shows, Rainer Laux retains responsibility for all formats with presenter Julia Leischik and reality personality, Daniela Katzenberger.


    Fabian Tobias, Managing Director, Endemol Shine Germany: “Rainer lives and breathes reality and I am so pleased about the collaboration. With him, we are a magnet for reality stars and a reliable partner to provide broadcasters and streamers with reality hits.”


    Rainer Laux, Managing Director, Rainer Laux Productions: “The new company is called “Rainer Laux Productions… Much more than Reality TV”. Our aim is to create formats for our partners that get Germany talking and have international potential. We offer a home for celebrities and colleagues who love entertainment and reality.”

  7. Germany’s Temptation Island V.I.P. Starts October 15th on TVNOW

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    Banijay Productions Germany confirms Temptation Island V.I.P. will launch on 15th October on TVNOW. Welcoming four VIP couples at a crossroads in their relationship, the series will find out how serious they really are about one another. Putting their loyalty to the test are Willi and Jasmin Herren (married since 2018), Giulia Siegel and her boyfriend Ludwig (a couple since 2016), Calvin and his girlfriend Roxy (still together after meeting on Temptation Island 2019) and Stephie Schmitz and Julian Evangelos, who have been going strong since meeting on Love Island 


    24 hot-blooded singles looking for love – 12 women and 12 men – move into two luxurious villas together with four VIPs of the opposite sex. Also among the singles are some well-known faces, who have appeared in previous shows. First, the VIPs must choose their favourite single the woman or man they believe could become the most dangerous of their relationship Stephie chooses the only single man, Julian. But what will be the choice of the other seven VIPs? 


    Immediately after, all the celebs move into the villas with the singles and the party starts! Calvin in particular enjoys the attention of all the ladies – he is sure Roxy won’t have a problem with that, as she already knows him and his party behaviour from the previous season. Others, however, are finding the separation harder, with tears flowing the following morning – but there is no time for the blues: individual and group dates are coming up and are set to distract the VIPs from their longings. How will Giulia and Willi deal with the unusual situation? Was “King Ludwig” faithful to Giulia or did he fall vulnerable to the ladies? Who will stay strong and who will give in to temptation?  


    Temptation Island V.I.P. is a Banijay format and is distributed globally by Banijay Rights.  

  8. Banijay Productions Germany Continues to Bolster Burgeoning Entertainment Slate

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    Banijay Productions Germany, a Banijay Group company, has confirmed it is producing a new gameshow for Prosieben – Die Live-Show bei dir zuhause (The Live Show at Your Home), scheduled to transmit later this year. The commission follows a successful run of new entertainment commissions and launches across Germany.


    Die Live-Show bei dir zuhause will see two neighbouring families compete live in the middle of the street for the chance to win huge prizes. Popular hosts, Matthias Opdenhövel and Steven Gätjen are coming together to captain each team as they battle it out in a host of fun-fuelled challenges.


    The latest commission comes after the recent launch of Farid’s Magic 13 (Farid’s Magische 13) and coincides with the transmission of two highly anticipated hit shows – SURVIVOR and Wild Things (Wild im Wald).


    Survivor, the adventure reality format from Banijay Group, produced for VOX, is premiering on the 16th September at 20.15 and is followed by a special episode, The Phenomenon of Survivor. RTL2 has also announced the local adaption of Wild Things, which will be transmitted on the 16th September at 21.15.


    Arno Schneppenheim, MD, Banijay Productions Germany: “We are proud to be able to extend Banijay Productions Germany’s catalogue of shows to continue entertaining families in Germany, as well as continuing our partnership with three flagship broadcasters. It has been an incredibly positive start for the business, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.”


    Both Survivor and Wild Things are produced by Banijay Productions Germany and are based on globally renowned Banijay Group formats. Both shows are distributed by Banijay Rights.


    Banijay Productions Germany was launched back in 2018 and sits alongside Brainpool and Good Times under the Banijay Germany umbrella.

  9. Shipwrecked Sails into Germany

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    Banijay Productions Germany, a Banijay Group company, today confirms it is set to produce a local primetime version of Shipwrecked for RTL2 in Germany. Based on the UK format originally produced by Fizz (part of RDF Television) and Motion Content Group for E4, the series will act as the first international remake of the format since it was rebooted this year.


    Shipwrecked is the ultimate popularity contest in paradise. On two remote islands, two rival tribes, the Tigers and the Sharks, battle against each other for new recruits. In this competition, victory is in numbers. In each episode, new arrivals land ashore where they spend a day and night with each tribe. Both tribes must do whatever it takes to win them over in a bid to prove that they are the better island. At the end of each episode, the new arrivals must decide which tribe they want to join…but in Shipwrecked, anything can happen and, in the end, only the biggest tribe can win the grand cash prize.


    Arno Schneppenheim, MD, Banijay Productions Germany comments: Shipwrecked is a warm, positive and modern adventure reality show format, perfect for a young German audience. This is a hot format right now following its recent reboot, and we’re proud to be the first out the blocks with RTL2 as our partner.”


    Shipwrecked was commissioned by RTL2’s Head of Entertainment, Shona Fraser, and follows the recent pick up of Wild Things (also from Banijay Productions Germany). Both formats are distributed by Banijay Rights and acts as one of its leading hot picks this MIPTV.