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  1. Nineteen11, Award-Winning Indie, Signs First-Look Deal with Banijay Rights

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay, today announces a first-look deal with the award-winning regional independent production company, Nineteen11.  The deal will give Banijay Rights exclusive access to a wide range of programming, encompassing documentaries, factual entertainment, and reality tv, including brand new Channel 4 commission, Swingers.

    Nineteen11 CEO and in-house Executive Producer, Brian Hayes, has worked in the TV industry for more than 25 years, directing series such as the BAFTA award-winning First Dates, and Grierson shortlisted GPs:Behind Closed Doors.  In addition, Hayes has had a key role on some of Britain’s most compelling documentaries such as 24 Hours in Police Custody and 24 Hours in A&E. Hayes also won an RTS Award for his work on The Family.

    Having previously distributed Nineteen11’s award-winning series, The Posh Frock Shop,which sold to more than 50 territories, Banijay Rights will now have exclusive access to new series emanating from Nineteen11. The first shows to come from the first-look agreement are Channel 4 titles The Pet Talent Agency: Barking Mad (1 x 60’)and Swingers (1 x 60’).

    Emily Elisha, Head of Factual, Banijay Rights, comments:“We are really excited to have partnered with Nineteen11. Brian has a keen eye for characters and settings that tell great stories and these latest films are further brilliant examples of that. We look forward to bringing future projects to the international market as well.”

    Brian Hayes, CEO, Nineteen11, said:“I’m delighted to have cemented Nineteen11’s successful relationship with Banijay Rights.  They represented The Posh Frock Shop impressively, giving us access to a very wide and diverse range of international buyers.  Nineteen11 is working on some exciting and ambitious ideas and we’re confident that Banijay Rights has the team to help us bring them to the global market.”

  2. Award-Winning Indie, Chatterbox, Signs First-Look Deal with Banijay Rights

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, today confirms a first-look deal with multi-award-winning production company, Chatterbox. The agreement gives Banijay Rights exclusive access to its slate of distinctive factual programming and formats.

    Chatterbox was founded by senior creatives Nav Raman, a former Channel 4 factual entertainment commissioning editor, whose slate included Brat Camp, Child Genius and The Unteachables, and Ali Quirk, who brings a strong track record in popular factual content from Gogglebox and Come Dine With Me, to Gold Rush and Sky Cops. The relatively new prodco has already picked up two BAFTA Awards and a Broadcast Award for its BBC documentary, Leaving Care.

    The first title in the deal is a compelling BBC Three documentary, Stacey Dooley Investigates: The Whale Hunters. With rare access to a Norwegian commercial hunting vessel, Stacey witnesses the killing of a Minke whale and travels to the Faroe Islands to explore its contentious tradition of whale slaughter. Chatterbox has also landed a talent-led factual entertainment format and a new documentary being directed by an Oscar and BAFTA award-winning producer.

    Nav Raman and Ali Quirk, Chatterbox comment on the alliance, “We are delighted to be working with Banijay Rights, they are great partners who will ensure our high-quality, impactful and entertaining programmes are discovered by as wide a global audience as possible.”

    Tim Mutimer, CEO Banijay Rights adds, “Chatterbox is an exciting, innovative company, delivering fresh perspectives and new voices through a range of programmes and formats. We are excited to be working closely with the business to further extend its programming’s international reach.”

    This new agreement is a result of Banijay Rights’ collaboration with the Indielab growth accelerator, which helps independent production companies achieve scale and develop their businesses. This affirms the distributor’s commitment to work with third-party producers: Chatterbox joins Banijays growing group of ground-breaking independent production partners who include, Firecrest Films, Indielab alumni Proper Content and Storyboard, as well as a co-development deal with FirstLook TV.

  3. Banijay Rights Signs First Look Deal with Storyboard Studios

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    Banijay Rights today announces a three year first look agreement with Scottish Storyboard Studios, part of independent production group iZEN. The company specialises in premium documentary, specialist factual and formats and is headed up by Natalie Humphreys, former controller of factual at the BBC. The agreement is set to bolster the Banijay Rights catalogue which currently sits at more than 20,000 [hours]. With new commissions in production for UK and global broadcasters soon to be announced, further news about collaborative programming as a result of this deal is expected to drop this summer.


    Emily Elisha, Head of Factual, Banijay Rights comments: “We were impressed by Storyboard’s very developed slate and the traction they had already achieved with it. That coupled with Natalie and the team’s wealth of experience and success in the factual and factual entertainment space made them a great potential production partner for us.  We are excited to be working together!”


    Natalie Humphreys, Managing Director, Storyboard says: “To kick off 2020 announcing that we’re working with Emily and the Banijay Rights team is in line with the big plans already in motion for this year. The creativity and energy they bring is a vital ingredient that’s extremely hard to find. Our experience in developing and delivering breakthrough and distinctive content teaches us that this support and passion is crucial to achieving both of our objectives.’