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  1. Banijay Strikes a Chord with Leading Classical Musician, Renaud Capuçon

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    Banijay today announces an innovative deal with Renaud Capuçon to nurture new classical music talent for the local and global stage. Traditionally a world-leading content producer and developer, the former is extending its remit to work with the internationally-renowned artist in providing the tools and support needed by new artists to forge a successful career in classical music.


    Fronted by Renaud Capuçon – who will lend his first-hand experience and established network – the initiative will be dedicated to delivering coaching, advice and management to the next generation of soloists. Sitting as a producer, he will be on-hand to elevate performers that are yet to be fully discovered and to produce classical music concerts in France and beyond.


    In an industry which is hard to break, the partnership is tailored to facilitating everything from meetings with conductors and composers, the work and preparation of chamber music concerts and positioning soloists at the frontline of national orchestras, securing opportunities at festivals, and giving experience of life on-tour.  Additionally, the scheme will aid talent in carving out their own standout image to enhance their prospects on stage and in recording.


    Capuçon has enjoyed an international career, which, to date, has spanned 25 years, 20 years of which have seen him handling the artistic direction of classical festivals, and a further eight years teaching. A French violinist, he is engrained in the classical music scene as a major soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Having performed around the world, collaborated with musical greats and built an extensive discography, with Banijay, he is keen to discover and develop new talent for audiences in France and around the globe.


    Capitalising on Banijay’s 22-territory-strong producer network, the deal will likely expand in the future into on-screen performance production. For now, the pair, through their shared passion for developing talent in the arts, will concentrate on disarming the barriers standing between gifted soloists and a career in classical music.

  2. Banijay Rights And Touchdown Films Secure Artist To Icon Series Through Co-Pro With Ovation In The US

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, through its co-development deal with UK indie Touchdown Films, has developed a new celebrity biography series ARTIST TO ICON in partnership with leading US arts network Ovation. Celebrities in the 10 x 60’ documentary series, which mixes rich and extensive archive with insider interviews, include Madonna, Robin Williams and Cher among others.

    Ovation will retain distribution rights in the Americas and Banijay Rights in rest of the world.
    Currently in production ARTIST TO ICON will be available for delivery later this year and will complement Ovation as the new home of popular long-running series Inside the Actors Studio.

    The project is one of the first to flourish through Banijay Rights’ co-development deal with factual specialist Touchdown Films which has been renewed for a further term. The two companies are working together to develop and produce returnable factual series in the history, crime and celebrity genres for platforms and networks around the world. Touchdown Films was founded by filmmaker and producer John Osborne, with recent projects including Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed The World and Photos That Changed The World, which is due to air on History in the UK next month.

    Banijay Rights recently announced sales of Touchdown Films’ Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed the World to National Geographic Channel, Discovery Networks, Bell Media, VRT, RUV-Icelandic State Broadcasting and Discovery Corporate Services Ltd.

    Scott Woodward, EVP of Programming and Production at Ovation stated, “We’re pleased to be working yet again with Banijay Rights, and now with Touchdown Films. As an arts network, we’re always looking for dynamic and creatively-inclined projects and Artist to Icon is no exception. Charting the rise of some of the world’s greatest artists – actors, musicians and more – is a perfect fit for Ovation.”

    John Osborne, founder of Touchdown Films said, “Very few people become a global star, and fewer still achieve iconic status. In this new series, we will reveal some of the most extraordinary rises to fame the world has ever seen, exploring the crucial moments that accelerated their transition from Artist to Icon. We’re thrilled to be working alongside Banijay Rights on this exciting new series for Ovation.”

    Andreas Lemos, Commercial Director – Factual, at Banijay Rights added, “This innovative model means we do not have to wait for a fully-fledged commission to get a project greenlit. Via our deal with Touchdown we have developed the series together with a leading US broadcaster, enabling it to come to fruition via a co-production arrangement. Banijay Rights has a long-standing and close relationship with Ovation and we are delighted to be working with them on this exceptional series.”