Banijay Rights today announcesBig Brother VIP will be adapted for the Republic of Kosovo. Co-produced byKlan Kosova and Artmotion, the new series will air on Klan Kosova from the 5th of December, bringing the Banijay format to 65 countries.
Originally created by EndemolShine Nederland, Big Brother recently returned to Telefe in Argentina after five years. The reboot was a huge success with a 70% share on its launch. This follows the recent news of the format’s return to the UK with ITV2 and ITVX, and Banijay UK-owned Initial lined up to produce. The global reality hit is going from strength to strength, with 32 productions airing across 25 markets this year, up from 2021. Big Brother’s celebrity spin-off was named K7 Media’s spin-off of the year in 2021 with 17 active markets.
Samia Moktar,VP CEE & Airlines, Banijay Rights, who negotiated the deal, said: “Big Brother VIP is a fantastic spin-off, a tried and tested hit which has attracted large audiences around the world, from Australia to Italy. We’re looking forward to building on this international success and bringing Big Brother to its 65thmarket, working with Klan Kosova and Artmotion to showcase iconic celebrity reality content for the Kosovan audience.”
Big Brother VIP is the all-seeing, all-powerful format that follows a group of celebrities living together in a house fitted with cameras recording their every move. With no contact from the outside world, celebrity participants must learn how to co-habit with their new housemates whilst competing against them every week in physical and mental challenges. Watching the celebrities 24/7 they must decide who should be evicted and who ultimately should be crowned the winner of Big Brother VIP.
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Banijay Iberia, part of Banijay, today announces the appointment of Miguel Martín as the new Managing Director of its label, Zeppelin.
Zeppelin, which is hitting its 30-year milestone, is responsible for the introduction of reality in Spain and stands as a pioneer in the development of anime and youth fiction projects, with recent hits including Secret Story, Big Brother, The Bridge and SKAM España.
Martín began his tenure at Banijay Iberia in 2019 within Banijay Birds, the territory’s creative hub for original streamer IP development, and has also served as executive producer on standout local titles including LOL: Last One Laughing for Amazon Prime Video.
Martín has directed and produced shows across multiple genres, from documentaries (Hijos del corazón), reality shows (Anonimous, Planeta Finito), and scripted titles (Herederos). He also has extensive experience in the U.S., having served as executive producer on formats for NBC-Telemundo and FOX, and as a development/production consultant in entertainment and scripted for Powwow 360 and Cinemat USA.
Pilar Blasco, CEO of Banijay Iberia comments: “We are very grateful to Amparo Castellano for her hard-work and professionalism, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours. Since 2019, Banijay Iberia has been fortunate to have Miguel Martín among its ranks, a born leader who has shown unbounded creativity. His commitment to innovation has led to original projects told from unique perspectives. All this, together with his excellent ability to manage large productions with outstanding results, makes him the ideal person to lead Zeppelin.”
Miguel Martín, Managing Director of Zeppelin adds: “I am honoured to be at the head of a team that, in its 30th year, has produced such a range of high-quality formats. Zeppelin has achieved what few audio-visual companies do. It constantly re-invents and innovates, making programmes which captivate the country, creating great original formats, and co-producing with key international players. I am proud to take on this challenge and continue Zeppelin’s creative growth and development.”
Martín’s appointment follows previous Managing Director Amparo Castellano’s decision to depart after eight years with the company.
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Banijay Rights today confirms the return of Big Brother to Mzansi Magic in South Africa following a seven-year hiatus.
Produced by Red Pepper Pictures, Big Brother Mzansi has started casting for a new season to launch on MultiChoice-owned Mzansi Magic in 2022, having last aired on the channel in 2015.
Robin Pollok, VP Sales, Africa, Middle East, Greece & Israel, Banijay Rights, said: “Seven years have passed since Big Brother Mzansi last graced South African viewers’ screens and we couldn’t be happier to work with MultiChoice and Red Pepper Pictures to revive this global phenomenon, which continues to have an enduring appeal worldwide.”
Nomsa Philiso, Executive Head of Programming, M-Net, added:“This year marks 20 years since the very first Big Brother on MultiChoice’s M-Net and we are excited to celebrate this milestone by commissioning a new Big Brother season, which will be housed under our Mzansi Magic stable. This is a show that has always delivered top ratings and entertainment value and our viewer and advertising partners can look forward to a stellar season of Big Brother.”
Big Brother Mzansi hand-picks a group of strangers from all walks of life, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges, voting each other out until the fate of the final two are decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.
The Big Brother format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay Rights. In 2021, 31 productions of Big Brother aired in 21 markets, with nine VIP productions launching, including a first series run in French Canada and a high-profile comeback for Celebrity Big Brother in Australia. This year, Big Brotherlaunched for the first time in Mongolia, and seven regional productions of the format aired in India.
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Banijay Brands today announces it will extend its deal with award-winning game development studio, 9th Impact, for the globally interactive Big Brother mobile game. 9th Impact has partnered with leading free-to-play games publisher, Tilting Point, for the upcoming launch of Big Brother: The Game II.
The multiplayer online reality TV game is available worldwide for Apple and Android devices and PC download. With a life-changing prize fund up for grabs, players can become virtual housemates, experiencing life as a Big Brother contestant. They must make strategic choices to remain in the house and ultimately become victorious.
Lex Scott, Commercial Director, Gaming & Gambling at Banijay Brands says: “Following the success of Big Brother: The Game I, we are delighted to extend our partnership with 9th Impact. Bringing in Tilting Point’s publishing expertise, we are set to supercharge the upcoming game, and entertain Big Brother fans around the world with this unique and immersive experience.”
Finn Krewer, Head of Development at 9th Impact comments: “We have been building new house designs, new games and new mechanics like house juries, so I can’t wait for people to play on December 16 and hear what they think.”
Saad Khan, Vice President of Corporate Development and Business Development at Tilting Point added: “Big Brother: The Game has been defining the genre of Massively Multiplayer Reality TV games and the new tournament is introducing more gameplay innovation like real life auditions, so we’re excited to be extending the reach of this title to a global audience.”
Big Brother: The Game has 2 modes – Housemate and Spectator. The game is free to download, and the Spectator mode is free with optional purchases. To become a Housemate the player must use a Token to enter the House which is an in-app purchase or audition to get an existing Housemate to sponsor their Token entry. Launching on October 15, 2020, Big Brother: The Game I ran for 288 days and ended with Amy from Delaware beating 33,724 rival contestants, to walk away with a $33,000 grand prize.
Big Brother first aired in the Netherlands over 20 years ago. Since then, over 500 series have aired across 69 markets, producing over 28k episodes. 7,000+ housemates from around the globe have spent over 35,000 days in the house, with over 5,000 live evictions. The format continues to deliver hit primetime ratings in long-running markets such as the US, Canada, Brazil, Italy, and Israel, while continuing to evolve, with high-profile comebacks in Australia and Benelux.
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Following the tremendous success of its first year, Big Brother Célébrités will return to Noovo for a second season this winter. Marie-Mai will also be back to host the dramatic elimination episodes. Expect the unexpected once again!
“We’re extremely proud of the audience response to Big Brother Célébrités! The new addition to Noovo’s programming became the most-watched show on the channel last year,” explains Mélanie Bherer, General Manager, Variety, Lifestyle and Documentary, for Bell Media. “It definitely made a splash during its first season, and we’re confident that viewers will be eagerly looking forward to the return of this TV phenomenon.”
The houseguests in the reality show’s first edition crowned comedian Jean-Thomas Jobin as the winner. Demonstrating excellent strategic skills, he made it all the way to the end playing an almost perfect game. The public, meanwhile, fell in love with Richardson Zéphir and awarded him the Favourite Houseguest award.
While living under one roof, the players must win various challenges in order to reach the final. Their psychological, physical and social abilities are put to the test as they seek to gain and accumulate special privileges and avoid eviction from the house. At the end, a handful of competitors are named as finalists, but only one can earn the coveted title of Big Brother Célébrités winner, following a vote by the evicted houseguests.
The Big Brother format and finished programs are represented internationally by Banijay, with over 60 adaptations and broadcast in more than 80 countries with over 470 seasons and nearly 30,000 episodes.
The Quebec version is produced by Entourage Télévision in collaboration with Bell Media. The deal was agreed by Banijay Rights.
Jane Rimer, SVP Canada, Banijay Rights, adds: “Reaching an agreement for a second season of Big Brother Célébrités is an absolute thrill. We’re in no doubt that the show’s second outing will resonate with audiences across French Canada even stronger than the first.”
Which celebrities will be entering the enormous Big Brother Célébrités house in January? You’ll have to wait a few more months to find out!
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Banijay Rights today announces a landmark tenth season of Big Brother Canada for Corus Entertainment’s Global Channel in Canada.
The greenlight for a new local adaptation comes after an epic Season 9 that delivered its most diverse cast ever, with Tychon Carter-Newman making history as the first Black winner of Big Brother Canada.
Produced by Insight Productions (a Boat Rocker company) in association with Corus Entertainment and Banijay, Big Brother Canada Season 10 will debut on Global in Spring 2022. The deal was agreed by Banijay Rights.
Jane Rimer, SVP Canada, Banijay Rights, comments: “We are delighted to have struck this historic deal for a tenth season of Big Brother Canada and are thrilled to continue our longstanding partnership with Corus on this brand. This is a landmark moment for an incredibly successful format, which continues to have an enduring appeal for audiences worldwide.”
The Big Brother format and finished programs are represented internationally by Banijay, with over 60 adaptations and broadcast in more than 80 countries.
Big Brother Canada hand-picks a group of strangers from all walks of life, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two are decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.
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Banijay today announces that hit-reality series, Survivor, will return to Brazil after a 12-year break, co-produced by Globo and Endemol Shine Brasil.
The reality show known locally as No Limite, will be hosted by André Marques and in a unique twist, will feature a cast of previous Big Brother Brasil contestants. In addition to the 11-episode run, Globo has commissioned a spin-off for its entertainment channel, Multishow, which will also host re-runs. Globo’s entertainment portal, Gshow, and its VOD service, Globoplay, will host exclusive content and highlights.
Produced in more than 40 territories since its launch in 2000, Survivor is a global hit and superbrand, standing as one of the most watched formats worldwide. More than 10 million viewers tuned in to the 40th season last year on CBS in the U.S., the latest Australian adaptation was seen by nearly 40% of the population, and the most recent French version, Koh Lanta, ended as number one in its slot.
Laurens Drillich, President of Endemol Shine Latino says: “This is such great news. Currently we have Big Brother Brasil on Globo and the fact that Survivor – another all-time classic reality series – will debut soon on the channel, is the biggest compliment we as a company could get. With Boninho and his team at Globo, and our colleagues at Endemol Shine Brasil working together on this show, I am sure this will be another huge success and serve a new generation of fans for Survivor in Brazil.”
Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay added: “Survivor is one of the most iconic formats in the Banijay portfolio and bringing the show back to a major market such as Brazil is an important moment in the next phase of its growth. We’re seeing great momentum with beach reality formats, filming safely in different locations around the globe, and this deal is set to build the genre even further.”
Survivor tests the spirit of a group of ordinary, and yet extraordinary, people who are marooned, with little more than the clothes on their backs and their own animal cunning. As they catch their own food, build their own shelter and order their own society, castaways must compete in increasingly difficult tests of strategy and guile.
The latest commission of No Limite builds on Endemol Shine Brasil’s successful partnership with Globo, which also includes the network’s biggest show, Big Brother Brasil, which was recently awarded a Guinness World Record after topping 1.5 billion votes last year.
Comments Off on Banijay Rights Strikes Deal to Launch Celebrity Big Brother in French Speaking Canada
One month before its debut, BIG BROTHER CÉLÉBRITÉS, is already causing a stir! The new reality show will arrive on Noovo and Noovo.ca on Sunday January 10 at 7 p.m. 15 Quebec personalities from all walks of life will enter the Big Brother house, a sumptuous manor on Île-Bizard. Living together around the clock, under the watchful eye of the cameras, the celebrities will be completely cut off from the outside world.
They will try to form alliances and overcome various challenges to make it to the finale, 13 weeks later. Claude Bégin, Jean Pascal, Rita Baga, Lysandre Nadeau and Geneviève Borne are the first five celebrities to be unveiled for the series. As is the tradition of Big Brother, further contestants will be revealed during the big premiere, hosted by Marie-Mai on January 10 on Noovo and Noovo.ca. This is not to be missed!
After being adapted in 60 markets, broadcast in 80 countries, with more than 470 seasons and nearly 30,000 episodes, the Quebec adaptation of BIG BROTHER CÉLÉBRITÉS, will undoubtedly be a staple on TV and on the web this winter! This version of Banijay format Celebrity Big Brother is produced in Quebec by Entourage Television, in collaboration with Bell Media. This deal was agreed by Banijay Rights.
This is a multi-platform production that viewers can find on:
○ Sunday at 7 p.m. on Noovo, see elimination night. It is during this evening that the candidates will make contact with Marie-Mai, their only external contact, and vote to eliminate one of the celebrities.
○ Also on Noovo, Monday to Thursday, at 6.30 p.m., the show will air daily during which different stages and challenges of the competition will take place.
○ Monday through Sunday at 10 p.m., this time on Vrak, see BIG BROTHER 7/7. Original content, original discussions, moments of life, etc. This 60 minutes a day will please fans of the show who won’t want to miss out on life in the house!
○ All of this content will be available on Noovo.ca, along with a ton of exclusives, capsules, never-before-seen moments. MENTION OF PODCAST TO ADD
In order to stay in the competition and win top honors, celebrities will have to use strategies, win various events and build trusting relationships with other players since each week, their roommates will vote to oust one. of theirs. All their skills will be challenged! After 13 weeks of isolation, only one celebrity will be voted the big winner by the participants eliminated during the season. In addition to the honourable title, the winner will also pick-up prizes consisting of a Cadillac Model car, $ 25,000 in cash and another $ 25,000 donated to the cause or charity of their choice.
Comments Off on Banijay Elevates Cris Abrego to Top Americas Role
Banijay, the world’s leading unscripted producer and distributor, today announces the final structure for its operations across the Americas, with Cris Abrego stepping up in a new overarching role. As Chairman of the Americas, Banijay, and President and CEO, Endemol Shine Holdings, he will now have principal responsibility for North America and Latin America, reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Marco Bassetti.
A renowned U.S.-based content leader, Abrego previously served as CEO, Endemol Shine North America and Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas, having taken up the positions in 2016. Originally joining Endemol Shine North America in 2014 as CO-CEO, he, in 2016, was given added oversight of the company’s Latin American operations as Co-Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas. Former co-founder and chief executive of Endemol Shine-owned studio 51 Minds Entertainment, he is one of the leading creators and producers of reality television in the U.S., recognized globally for pioneering the celeb-reality genre. Most recently, he led the successful launch of production labels in both Brasil and Mexico for Endemol Shine, as well as a push into Spanish-language programming in the U.S. and across Latin America.
Steeped in critical acclaim, Abrego’s new footprint is behind hit titles including Big Brother (CBS), MasterChef (FOX), Lego Masters (FOX), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Keeping up with the Kardashians (E!), Utopia (Amazon Prime Video), Ball in the Family (Facebook Watch), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH-1) and the upcoming return of Wipeout (TBS). Spanish-language triumphs to date include Mira Quién Baila (Univision), LOL: Last One Laughing (Amazon), ¿Quién Es La Máscara?(Televisa), MasterChef Mexico (Azteca), Tu Cara Me Suena (Univison), MasterChef Brazil(Bandeirantes/Discovery), All Together Now (Teen) (Record), Extreme Makeover Home Edition (GNT/Globo), Game of Clones (Amazon/Record) and Súbete a Mi Moto (Amazon).
“Cris has long been a significant figurehead in the US content ecosystem. Respected, creatively triumphant and a driver of positive change, he has all the qualities to strategically and effectively lead one of our largest territories,” said Marco Bassetti. “With nine labels split across North and Latin America, spanning everything from entertainment to scripted, he has oversight of some of the region’s most celebrated IP and we’ve no doubt our pipeline and reputation will only soar under his leadership.”
“I am truly excited about this new role and the opportunity that it allows me and our team to continue building on the tremendous momentum we’ve created at Endemol Shine over the last five years across North America and Latin America,” says Abrego. “I’m also looking forward to working closely with Marco and our new Banijay colleagues here in the U.S. and around the globe. Together we are now home to many of the biggest titles in our industry and our teams are currently developing the hits of tomorrow.”
Abrego’s full portfolio of award-winning businesses now includes Endemol Shine North America,Bunim/Murray Productions, Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, 51 Minds Entertainment, Stephen David Entertainment and YellowBird US. He will also have full oversight of Endemol Shine Latino, the company’s Spanish-language sales and development arm that leads all original programming initiatives across Latin America, including Mexico City-based studio Endemol Shine Boomdog and Endemol Shine Brasil in Sao Paulo. Banijay Studios North America will continue to be run independently by President and CEO, David Goldberg.
As one of the highest-ranking Latinos in television, Abrego has made inclusion a top priority for his team at Endemol Shine and across the entire entertainment industry – he will continue to drive this narrative across his broadened remit.