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  1. Banijay Rights sends RFDS across Europe and the Middle East

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    Banijay Rights, the global distribution arm of Banijay, today announces further sales of RFDS, following the gripping drama’s second season renewal by the Seven Network in Australia last month.

    In deals negotiated across the Banijay Rights global sales team, the first season of RFDS has been acquired by Sky Italia, RTE in Ireland, M7 Group S.A. in Czech Republic and Slovakia, TV JOJ in Slovakia and The Walt Disney Company in Africa and the Middle East.

    These agreements follow previous sales of the drama to Channel 4 for More 4 in the UK, PBS in the US, TV4 in Sweden, SBS in Belgium, Talpa in the Netherlands and TVNZ in New Zealand.

    Claire Jago, EVP Sales and Acquisitions EMEA, Banijay Rights, said: “The re-commission of this powerful drama will once again chronicle the heroics and extra-ordinary stories of the doctors, nurses and support staff who risk their lives to save others in Australia’s red heart. We are thrilled this series will continue to delight audiences across Europe and the Middle East.”

    Produced by Endemol Shine Australia – a Banijay company – for Channel 7 and 7plus, RFDS portrays the modern-day heroes of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, capturing the beauty and brutality of Australia’s vast centre where doctors and nurses, pilots and support staff negotiate the unique challenges of emergency rescue across some of the most inhospitable places in the country.

    The three-time TV Week Logie Awardsand AACTAnominated drama will see the return of acclaimed cast Emma Hamilton, Stephen Peacocke, Rob Collins, Justine Clarke, Ash Ricardo, Jack Scott, Sofia Nolan, Rodney Afif, Ash Hodgkinson and Thomas Weatherall.

    Just a year after Eliza left Broken Hill behind, much has changed, with lives at RFDS South East progressing at a rapid rate. The determined team will face some of their most confronting challenges to date – in the air, on land, with each other, and within themselves.

    Production on RFDS season two will commence in 2023. Writers Ian Meadows and Claire Phillips are returning with scripting under way. The series will be produced by Imogen Banks and Sara Richardson and executive produced by Julie McGauran for the Seven Network.

    Season one of RFDS achieved a national total TV audience season average of 1.09 million viewers, with an average BVOD per episode of 110,000 people.

    RFDS received major production investment from the Seven Network in association with Screen Australia and was financed with support from Screen NSW through the Made in NSW Fund and the Regional Filming Fund.Banijay Rights is the exclusive distributor of RFDS across all platforms.

  2. Stan Original Series Bali 2002 Currently in Production

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    Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, and the 9Network today announced production has commenced on the upcoming Stan Original and 9Network co-commissioned series Bali 2002.

    Based on the 2002 terrorist attacks on Bali’s tourist hotspots, Bali 2002 is an inspiring drama that explores how everyday heroes from Bali, Australia and beyond defied the odds to bring order from chaos and hope from despair. The four-part series is produced by Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia, with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW.

    Featuring a stellar cast led by AACTA Award-winners Rachel Griffiths (Total Control) and Richard Roxburgh (Rake), Bali 2002 stars Claudia Jessie (Bridgerton), Sean Keenan (Stan Original Film Nitram), Ewen Leslie (Stan Original Series The Gloaming) and Arka Das (upcoming Stan Original Film The Portable Door), alongside a diverse group of Australian and Balinese actors, including Anthony Wong (Stan Original Series The Commons), Paul Ayre (Soul Mates), Maleeka Gasbari (The Heights), Gerwin Widjaja (The Code), Sri Ayu Jati Kartika and more.

    Developed in consultation with those directly impacted by the tragedy, Bali 2002 marks the first original drama series co-commission between 9Network and Stan. The series is written by Justin Monjo (Storm Boy), Kris Wyld (Pulse), Marcia Gardner (Wentworth) and emerging screenwriter Michael Toisuta – with Balinese writer, actor and musician Ketut Yuliarsa (Janggan) as story editor. AACTA Award-winner Peter Andrikidis (Stan Original Series Eden) and Katrina Irawati Graham (upcoming Siti Rubiyah) will direct the series.

    Produced by Kerrie Mainwaring (Stan Original Series Wolf Creek) for Screentime, Tim Pye executive produces, alongside Sara Richardson for Endemol Shine Australia, Michael Healy and Andy Ryan for the 9Network and Amanda Duthie and Cailah Scobie for Stan.

    On October 12, 2002, the island paradise of Bali was shattered by a terrorist attack on two of Kuta Beach’s busiest nightclubs. Local Balinese and Australian and British tourists scrambled to rescue the injured and comfort the dying. Australian and Indonesian authorities mobilised to evacuate survivors, identify victims and investigate what really took place. Amidst this chaos, heroes arose from the most unlikely places and cultures united in the search for healing, justice and meaning.

    Stan Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie said: “Developed in collaboration with world-class creatives from Australia and Indonesia, and in consultation with those directly impacted, Bali 2002 promises to be a powerful, inspiring and sensitively told drama series that pays respect to everyday heroes from Australia, Bali and beyond. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with the teams at the 9Network, Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia on the project.”

    Nine Director of Television Michael Healy said: “It is a privilege for the 9Network and Stan to mark the 20th anniversary of the Bali bombings with this landmark drama. The Bali bombings were a turning point in Australian and Indonesian history and we are proud to have such an outstanding multinational cast and creative team on this project. Bali 2002 is first of many co-commissions between 9Network and Stan, and we look forward to making more announcements on these collaborations in the coming months.”

     Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said “While the devastating impact from this tragedy is still felt by so many twenty years on, Bali 2002 is an opportunity to tell a version of the story that memorialises and honours victims, survivors and their families. Screen Australia is proud to support the diverse creative team from both Indonesia and Australia, who are set to bring us an emotional yet premium Australian drama that will showcase and remind us of people’s humanity and courage.”

    Screen NSW Head Grainne Brunsdon said: “Screen NSW is proud to partner with Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia on Bali 2002, a landmark drama series bringing together a collaborative team of authentic voices to tell this important story. Supported under the Made In NSW Fund, the production will film in Western Sydney, and is expected to generate up to 810 jobs in NSW.”

    Endemol Shine Australia CEO Peter Newman said: “ESA is incredibly proud to produce a series that means so much to so many. Triggered by an event that shocked the world, Bali 2002 is a story of resilience and heroism born from the darkest tragedy. This is a gripping 4-part series that is evocative, sensitive and reflective of the stories that have been told directly from those impacted by this event. We are genuinely delighted to be working with our extraordinary cast and amazing team of creatives to realise this landmark series for our partners at Stan and Nine”.

     Producer and Screentime Head of Production Kerrie Mainwaring said: “This is an important story for all Australians. We have worked hard to bring together this terrific cast and team of creatives to honour the story of all those Australians, Indonesians and others who experienced the terrible tragedy in Bali in 2002.”

     The Stan Original Series Bali 2002 is produced by Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia, with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW. Banijay Rights is responsible for international distribution of Bali 2002.

    The Stan Original Series Bali 2002 is currently in production and will premiere later this year, only on Stan.

  3. Banijay Rights sells Beauty and the Geek Australia to TVNZ

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    Banijay Rights today announces that the seventh season of Beauty and the Geek Australia has been acquired by TVNZ in New Zealand.


    Produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Channel 9, Beauty and the Geek Australia sees 10 modern beauties and 10 unconventional geeks work together through a series of real-life challenges in the search to find a romantic spark or a lifelong friendship. Surprising connections are made as two very different worlds collide and strong partnerships bloom in the most unlikely and sometimes hilarious circumstances.


    Hosted by actress, singer and model Sophie Monk and rebooted by Channel 9 for 2021, the winning couples from each night’s challenge score one-on-one date time which could help them seed a connection and solidify a relationship. The couples who are not so successful, however, may end up in the bottom two, forced to duel it out in a challenge which will result in the losing couple going home. At the end of the series one couple will be declared the winner and take home a $100,000 prize.


    The series will premiere on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ OnDemand later this year.


    Lyle Bettson-Barker, SVP Australia & New Zealand, Banijay Rights, said: “As with all our key primetime Australian series, New Zealand is one of our most important markets where consumers really resonate – so it’s great to partner up with TVNZ to see this series bring warmth and laughter to our New Zealand friends as well.


    “With the expertise of Endemol Shine Australia at the helm, I couldn’t be more excited to see this reboot take shape on our screens locally and internationally.”


    Banijay Rights is the exclusive distributor of Beauty and the Geek Australia across all platforms and has the rights to produce and license local versions of the show around the world. Banijay produces two other successful reboots of Beauty and the Geek for Italia 1 in Italy and ProSieben in Germany, with the latter generating outstanding results for ProSieben’s primetime average share among key demos: Adults 14-49 (+40%) and Adults 14 – 29 (+81%) from the show’s launch last year.


  4. Portugal and Australia Hungry for Banijay’s MasterChef

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    Banijay today confirms the return of global cookery hit, MasterChef, to Portugal’s RTP1 following a two-year hiatus, and the pickup of Celebrity MasterChef Australia by 10 and 10 Play On Demand after twelve years off-air.


    Produced by Banijay’s Shine Iberia, MasterChef Portugal has started casting for the new season (masterchefportugal.pt) which will launch on RTP1 later this year, having last aired there in 2019. Whilst Endemol Shine Australia, building on the success of MasterChef Australia season 13 which is currently on-air, will produce an all-new celebrity version for 10. MasterChef Australia judges, Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo will be at the helm, with a cast of noteworthy stars including a legendary sports figure, an Australian icon and a famous actor.


    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay says: “The global success of MasterChef is unparalleled, and the format consistently delivers innovation, creativity, culinary excellence and entertainment. The return of the series in Portugal, and the celebrity spin-off in Australia is testament to the continued evolution of the brand and ever-increasing appetite for the format.”


    MasterChef is the world’s most successful cookery television format, produced across 62 markets and with over 10,000 episodes aired to-date. Created by Franc Roddam, MasterChef is a superbrand known and enjoyed around the world. Argentina’s first-ever season of Celebrity MasterChef launched in 2020 and became the country’s most watched show of the year with an average share of 76.3%, whilst in the UK, MasterChefhas reigned as the BBC’s No.1 cookery show since 2017.


    The MasterChef format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay Rights.

  5. Banijay’s The Write Offs Books First International Deals

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    Banijay confirms The Write Offs has landed its first international deals, having been picked up for Australian and Danish audiences.


    Metronome Productions will produce the local Danish version for DR1, while SBS has also ordered its own version of The Write Offs which will be called Lost for Words from Endemol Shine Australia. Originally created by Shine TV for Channel 4, The Write Offs gives a group of adults the amazing opportunity to change their own lives.


    Around the world ordinary people struggle with the basic skills necessary for everyday situations, whether it be reading a signpost, writing a shopping list or sending a text message to a loved one. Like the UK version, the Australian and Danish productions offer a group of adults the chance to change their lives forever. New doors are opened as they receive one-to-one tuition and face entertaining tasks to take them out of their comfort zones to improve their reading and writing. It’s an eye-opening and emotional journey, culminating in a moving and dramatic performance surrounded by their friends and family.


    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay: The Write Offs is a heart-warming format which uses personal stories to address a critical issue relevant to every country around the globe. Whilst the subjects’ journeys are poignant and challenging, this uplifting show is full of heart, humour and triumph as viewers see the participants grow in confidence like never before, to share their newfound abilities in front of an audience of stunned and proud loved ones.”


    Lana Salah, Executive Producer at Shine TV adds: “Shine TV aims to create thought-provoking formats which entertain, and we are incredibly proud to add another travelling format to our roster. The Write Offs is an empowering series, tackling a sensitive topic with sense of warmth and fun, it’s going to be exciting to see how the lives of learners from Australia and Denmark will be changed forever.”


    Metronome Productions is behind hit shows such as MasterChef Denmark, The Block, TaskMaster, The Island and Ex on the Beach. Last year the company produced new formats Alone Together and Fabulous Dads, with both showing international potential.


    Endemol Shine Australia is responsible for producing ratings hits such as MasterChef, Big Brother, AustralianSurvivor, LEGO Masters, Married at First Sight and International Emmy Award Winning Old People’s Home For 4 Years Olds.