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  1. Banijay Studios North America Hires Rebecca Mayer as Executive Vice President of Programming and Development

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    Production and development executive Rebecca Mayer has joined Banijay Studios North America, a Banijay Group company (“Temptation Island,” “Survivor”, “Wife Swap”), in the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Programming and Development. Mayer will focus on expanding the studio’s development and current slate in the U.S., creating original content for broadcast, cable and streaming. This includes collaborating with Banijay’s independent international producers on creating English-language programs based on new and proven formats.  She will report to David Goldberg, President and CEO, Banijay Studios North America and will be based in Los Angeles.

     

    Goldberg said: “I am thrilled to welcome Rebecca to the Banijay family.  Her extensive producing experience, creativity and infectious enthusiasm make her the ideal choice to oversee our development and programming departments. I have no doubt that she will be a great asset to the future of our company.”

     

    Prior to joining Banijay, Mayer was a development consultant and producer under an overall deal at the Universal Television Alternative Studio for three years.  She worked on formats including NBC’s comedy competition series “Bring the Funny,” musical competition series “Songland” and sports competition series “The Titan Games,” hosted by Dwayne Johnson. Mayer has served as showrunner and executive producer on docu-series, reality, live, and live-to-tape formats in the U.S. and UK, including the news talk series “TakePart Live” (Pivot), “Toddlers & Tiaras” (TLC) and “FABLife” (Disney/ABC). Mayer began her career in casting (Intervention, Kid Nation) and has worked extensively in production and development.

     

    David Goldberg launched Banijay Studios North America in April, 2014 after pioneering the reality TV genre as founder of Endemol USA, where he churned out a broad portfolio of hits such as “Big Brother,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Steve Harvey,” and “Wipeout.” Banijay Studios North America’s recent credits include “Child Support” with Ricky Gervais, hosted by Fred Savage; the iconic international hit formats “Temptation Island,” currently in its second season on USA, “Wife Swap,” currently in its second season on Paramount Network, and the upcoming original comedy competition series “Don’t” (ABC), a collaboration with producing partner Ryan Reynolds, hosted by Adam Scott.

     

    Headquartered in Los Angeles, Banijay Studios North America (BSNA) creates original network, syndicated and cable programming and develops Banijay’s successful formats for the U.S. market.

     

    Mayer is repped by WME and Schreck Rose.

     

  2. ABC Says Do to New Original Game Show, ‘Don’t’

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    ABC announced today that the network has picked up “Don’t,” a new original game show created by Banijay Studios North America. This comedic physical game follows one family of four who must work together throughout five mental and physical challenges with only one rule: Don’t. For example, “Don’t Slip,” “Don’t Forget,” “Don’t Laugh,” “Don’t Say It,” “Don’t Scream” and a slew of “Don’t” challenges you didn’t even know existed.

     

    In each episode, one family will have a set amount of time to succeed in each hilarious task and win a cash prize. When they fail a challenge, they don’t earn money and one of them will be eliminated from the game. Family members can be eliminated until only one remains. The last standing relative must complete the rest of the challenges on their own to win money for the family. At the end of the final “Don’t” challenge, the money they have been able to earn, if any, is theirs to keep.

    Ryan Reynolds commented, “All my life, the word ‘don’t’ has tortured me. From ‘don’t curse’ to ‘don’t play ball in the house’ to ‘don’t eat the crab salad you left in the sun for three days.’ I cannot wait for my personal trauma to become the next great ABC family show.”

    “Who better than Ryan Reynolds to bring us the next big tent, family-friendly competition show?,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “When he and Banijay Studios came to us with this hilarious and wildly original idea, we were all in.”

     

    David Goldberg, president and CEO, Banijay Studios North America, and executive producer of “Don’t” remarks, “’Don’t’ is based upon the simple premise that there are countless things that our brain advises us to do. In ‘Don’t,’ contestants are challenged to resist what their brain is urging them to do. One thing is for sure, my brain never said ‘don’t’ to Ryan Reynolds, one of the most talented and popular stars on the planet. This wildly entertaining and unpredictable show has so much potential, and I’m pleased to be making it for ABC, who has been such a great partner over the years.”

     

    Ryan Reynolds is the star and producer of the billion-dollar hit “Deadpool” (FOX) franchise. He recently wrapped shooting on Michael Bay’s “6 Underground” (Netflix) and will soon be heard as the voice of Detective Pikachu in Legendary/Warner Bros “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.” He is currently working on a slate of films as a producer through his company, Maximum Effort.

     

    Produced by Banijay Studios North America, “Don’t” is executive produced by Ryan Reynolds, David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard and Maximum Effort’s George Dewey. The “Don’t” format is distributed internationally by Banijay Rights.