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  1. Banijay’s Unveils Format and Scripted Highlights Ahead of MIPCOM

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    Leading producer/distributor, Banijay, proudly announces its all-new, stand-out titles for MIPCOM. Taking up residency with an expanded presence since its last visit, the global player is set to make a noisy return to the market, as it prepares to raise the curtain on its latest creations.

    Love Triangle, Blow Up, Le Plus Grand Karaoké de France, and MasterChef: Young Talent, will all make their Cannes debuts in Banijay’s format line-up, along with Starstruck, and Banijay Rights’ premium scripted titles Rogue Heroes, Marie Antoinette, Bali 2002, and Serial Lover, and third-party titles Stonehouse and Riches.

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay, says: “At Banijay we promote collaboration, innovation, and creative autonomy, and this is unmistakable with our extensive MIPCOM slate, with distinctive and fresh formats coming from Australia, UK, France, and the Netherlands. We’re very much looking forward to heading to Cannes in person, offering broadcasters new premium entertainment, bold dating shows and showcasing the modern evolution of our super brands – all of which, have travelling potential at their core.”

    Cathy Payne, CEO at Banijay Rights, says: “Our portfolio is further evidence of how we are tapping into the international audience’s desire for high-end content with nuanced narratives, and visually powerful series. Our line-up for MIPCOM epitomises this with fascinating, compelling stories from across the Banijay footprint and beyond. We can’t wait to showcase our new eco-friendly stand and spend some time face-to-face with all our clients from across the globe.”

    Love Triangle, from Endemol Shine Australia for Stan, is an unpredictable and explosive relationship journey filled with love, heartbreak and a mind-blowing twist, that will rock the couples to their core, while Dutch format Blow Up from EndemolShine Nederlands for RTL4 sees talented balloon artists battle it out in a colourful and creative competition with high stakes. French label DMLS TV’s Le Plus Grand Karaoké de France was the number one show in its slot for adults 25-49 and sees experts select the best singers from 1,000 mic’d up participants who are belting out songs.

    Building on the world’s most successful cookery television format (Guinness World Records), MasterChef has developed a new iteration that welcomes 13 – 18 year-olds into the kitchen. MasterChef: Young Talent will equip a future generation of chefs with the best tools and experience. Viaplay Group has commissioned the first series from Banijay labels, Metronome (Denmark) and Nordisk Banijay (Norway).

    Meanwhile, Starstruck, created by Remarkable Entertainment for ITV is a high-end entertainment show with a second series underway in the UK. Teaming up as trios, the public transform into some of the world’s biggest music icons.

     On the scripted front, Banijay Rights is highlighting new historical drama, Marie Antoinette. Created and written by Deborah Davis (The Favourite), the eight-part series was produced by Banijay Studios France, CAPA Drama and Les Gens, and tells the story of the avant-garde young queen.  From Kudos and Nebulastar, Rogue Heroes, written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) is a dramatised account of how the SAS, the world’s greatest Special Forces unit formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War Two. It stars Connor Swindells, Jack O’Connell, Alfie Allen, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sofia Boutella and Dominic West.

    Alongside these period dramas is Shine Fiction’s Serial Lover, a co-production with Sibaro Films. Written by Alice Der Broek, this story centres around a shrewd man who lives many lives, manipulating those around him, especially women who he targets and steals from. Meanwhile, Bali 2002 explores the everyday heroes directly impacted by the terrorist attacks in Bali twenty years ago. Written by Justin Monjo (Storm Boy), Kris Wyld (Pulse), Marcia Gardner (Wentworth) emerging screenwriter Michael Toisuta and Balinese writer, actor and musician Ketut Yuliarsa (Janggan) as story editor, this powerful drama is produced by Endemol Shine Australia and Screentime.

    Banijay Rights builds on its slate of dramas based on true events with Stonehouse. From acclaimed writer John Preston, the third-party offering from Clearwood Films and Snowed-In Productions is directed by BAFTA-nominated Jon S.Baird (Stan & Ollie) and depicts the story of disgraced Labour minister John Stonehouse. In addition, Banijay Rights includes Greenacre Films’ production, Riches, in its slate. Written and created by Abby Ajayi, it follows the exploits of the brash, super-successful, and wealthy Richards family – the stellar cast includes Deborah Ayorinde (Them), Hugh Quarshie (Absentia) and Sarah Niles (Ted Lasso) amongst others.

    These MIPCOM highlights compliment the 130,000+ hours of globally renowned, stand-out IP within Banijay’s catalogue. They will sit alongside super brands such as Big Brother, Survivor, LEGO® Masters, Hunted, The Bridge, Peaky Blinders, and The Truth Will Out.

    At MIPCOM 2022, Banijay will exhibit at C.20.

  2. Fifty TV Celebrities Take on Extraordinary Competition in New Game Show from Banijay Productions France

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    Banijay today announces Banijay Productions France, part of its French collective of labels, will produce the brand-new game show Les Cinquante for W9.

    Away from prying eyes, in his castle inhabited by dogs, foxes and rabbits, a playful and Machiavellian game master, the lion, has decided to challenge 50 reality TV stars to a relentless and unpredictable game that only he can control. 50 players have responded to his mysterious invitation. But only one of them will win as they take part in a series of knockout challenges.

    A large cash prize is up for grabs, but the winning contestant won’t take home the money. They are facing each other, not for themselves, but to win for one of the viewers who can download the show’s app to join their favourite’s fan club and potentially win the prize of €50,000.  When the games begin, anything can happen as the fate of each loser is put in the hands of the winner at a high-tension voting ceremony. Here the audience will see alliances form and betrayals occur as they fight to be the last man standing.

    Florence Fayard, Managing Director of Banijay Productions France says: “After the success of our franchises such as Les Marseillais (Party Workers) or Les apprentis aventuriers (Good Luck Guys), we are very proud to announce the creation of this new format. Les Cinquante is the new king of ‘closed door competition’ with strategies at the heart of the game and strong involvement of the public.”

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay adds: “Through our Creative Fund we invested in Les Cinquante as it is a great addition to the entertainment space and our catalogue. It is unpredictable, interactive, and wildly entertaining. France remains an important market when it comes to creativity and creating new formats. This year we have already seen the strength of French IP with Chaucon Son Tour launching in Spain.”

    This new format has been created by Banijay Productions France and builds on its experience within the French market. As part of Banijay France, the company is known for producing hit shows such as Party Workers, A Season at the Zoo and Good Luck Guys, which has just finished airing its fifth season, performing very well especially amongst younger viewers, raising W9’s slot average by 172%.

  3. Endemol Shine Boomdog and TelevisaUnivision Bring Banijay’s New Game Show, Are You For Real? To Mexico

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    Banijay today announces Endemol Shine Boomdog, part of Banijay Americas, will produce Are You For Real? (Cuál es el Bueno?) alongside TelevisaUnivision. The new show is a format developed by Endemol Shine Boomdog, Endemol Shine Italy and TelevisaUnivision.

    In this hilarious and unpredictable guessing game, three contestants take to the stage with a supposed talent, job, or characteristic. However, only one individual is telling the truth, but who is it? That is up to the three famous guests to figure out. Known as the ‘fake hunters’, the celebrities, through questions and intuition, must put their pride, intelligence, and audacity on the line as they decide who is telling the truth and who is a master of deception. Representing different sections of the studio audience, the celebrity is aiming to collect as many points as possible by correctly identifying the person telling the truth. A person sitting within the winning ‘fake hunter’s’ section will then be in with a chance of winning the huge sum of 50 thousand pesos.

    Alejandro Rincón, CEO Endemol Shine Boomdog says: “We are excited to continue our successful partnership with Televisa with our latest joint production effort, Are You For Real? It’s truly the perfect show for the entire family to enjoy together this summer and find out who is real and who is not.”

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development adds:Are You For Real? has all the ingredients for a hit game show – it is fun, entertaining and play along for the whole family. We’re thrilled to have been able to help bring this epic guessing game format to life, with support from the Banijay Creative Fund.”

    Leonardo Pasquinelli, Managing Director, Endemol Shine Italy comments: “I am proud of my team for developing a unique and original offering. We hope to see the format travelling around the world and becoming a household name like Your Face Sounds Familiar and Deal or No Deal!

    Amongst those ready to sort the truths from the lies are actors Andrea Legarreta, Paul Stanley, Erika Buenfil, and Ricardo Margaleff, as well as comedian Mau Nieto, and model and presenter Tania Rincón.

    Endemol Shine Boomdog creates high-quality content including hit non-scripted shows such as MasterChef Mexico, La Casa de Los Famosos, and Nailed it Mexico! As well as an exciting slate of scripted projects such as Todo Por Lucy and the upcoming adaptation of The Beautiful Life.

    Endemol Shine Italy has a strong record of producing entertainment shows from Big Brother to MasterChef and Anything Goes. Its recent scripted title The Bride has also enjoyed great success and was the second most viewed series of the season.

  4. EndemolShine Nederland’s Race For The Rings Begins

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    Banijay today announces Race For The Rings, an original new adventure reality show co-produced by EndemolShine Nederland, part of Banijay Benelux and Beau van Erven Dorens’ production company, Kale Jackhals Productions. The show has been commissioned by RTL 4.

    Race For The Rings puts engaged couples to the test as they cross the desert in Jordan, competing for the honeymoon of their dreams. Throughout the series they will take part in challenges which range from physical, mental and even hilariously comical. However, beautiful as the country is, the conditions are harsh. Which couple will thrive as strategies develop, alliances form and communication is tested? Only one loved-up pair will win the game and a well-deserved honeymoon. Presented by Beau van Erven Dorens (Deal or No Deal),this format is action-packed, high-energy, and full of reality moments.

    Rob van der Vleugel, producer, Endemol Shine Nederland comments: “Filming Race For The Rings in Jordan was no mean feat, but it was an incredible experience and I am proud of the final version and team of creatives I worked alongside. This new adventure format is utterly engaging with every challenge revealing a new side to the couples to leave audiences gripped.”

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay adds: “This new upbeat adventure format is sensational in every aspect with epic challenges and impressive scenery. Combining competition, reality, relationships and much more, Race For The Rings has all the key elements which will appeal to a global audience. Alongside Blow Up, EndemolShine Nederland is developing bold, innovative new shows which we feel have a lot of international potential.”

    EndemolShine Nederland, part of Banijay Benelux, creates high-class multi-genre productions. Its notable shows include Big Brother, LEGO® Masters, Deal or No Deal, as well as new formats Blow Up and Domino Challenge which premiered as the number one show in its slot for shoppers aged 25 – 54.

  5. Endemol Shine Finland Saves the Date for Israeli Format

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    Banijay today announces the first version of the brand-new dating and relationship show Save the Date. Originally created by Endemol Shine Israel, Finnish broadcaster Nelonen has commissioned the first international adaptation, ordering a prime-time series to be produced locally by Endemol Shine Finland.

     

    In this extraordinary social experiment, single women tired of the dating world gain total control of their love life by setting a wedding date, before they have even begun to search for their partner! Each woman has a short time to find their perfect match and plan the wedding. How they embark on the mission is up to them, whether endless speed dates, or going out with multiple people at the same time. These women are totally in charge, will setting a love deadline help them find the one?

     

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development, Banijay says: “As a collective we are able to use our ideas and expertise to develop a brand-new generation of travelling hits, and we are passionate about fostering collaboration across Banijay’s footprint. Endemol Shine Israel has developed a quirky, unique and innovative concept, and Endemol Shine Finland has done a brilliant job to land the first commission, bringing the idea to life.”

     

    Meira Noronen, Chief Operating Officer & Head of Non-Scripted, Endemol Shine Finland added: Save the Date is a fun and bold show that perfectly answers the demand we are seeing for new and exciting dating shows. We have built a strong reputation as one of the best non-scripted producers in the region, and we are delighted to add Save the Date to our burgeoning slate.”

     

    Endemol Shine Finland, part of Banijay Nordic, produces a wide range of award-winning non-scripted and scripted content. Popular programmes include Big Brother, MasterChef, The Wall, Gogglebox, The Biggest Loser, Ready Steady Cook, Ex on The Beach and All Together Now. The company also recently announced its first scripted commission, Dance Brothers for Netflix and YLE.

     

    Endemol Shine Israel, a Banijay company, creates high-class multi-genre productions for Israeli broadcasters and global streamers. Its notable shows include Big Brother, Survivor, The Money Drop, Queens, Fifty and Valley of Tears.

  6. Banijay Unveils Slate of Formats and Scripted Titles for Spring 2022

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    Banijay, the world’s largest independent home to the best creative talent and IP, today announces an impressive range of titles for its spring slate ahead of MIPTV.

     

    Starstruck, Limitless Win, The Courtship, Language of Love, Your Body Uncovered and Shaolin Heroes have been revealed as Banijay’s format highlights, alongside Banijay Rights’ premium scripted titles including Rogue Heroes, Then You Run and Signora Volpe.

     

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay says: “Banijay has a wonderfully diverse offering of formats and developing ambitious bold new shows from Starstruck to Shaolin Heroes is at the heart of our culture. We can capitalise on our expertise in the entertainment, reality, and adventure spaces, having produced hit formats such as Survivor, Wipeout and Big Brother, to create all-new, high-energy productions which appeal to global audiences.”

     

    Cathy Payne, CEO at Banijay Rights says: “With strong writing and globally relevant themes, we’re proud these premium scripted titles are leading our burgeoning catalogue. With continuingly strong demand from platforms and broadcasters for new shows, we expect the highlighted formats to have broad appeal both as finished tape sales and as travelling IP with third-party producers.”

     

    Entertainment is back in a big way…Starstruck, created by Remarkable Entertainment for ITV is the epitome of this. Teaming up as trios, the public transform into some of the world’s biggest music icons. And Limitless Win, created by Hello Dolly and co-produced with Mitre Studios, which Banijay have the international format rights to, was ITV’s biggest brand-new entertainment series launch since January 2020. Already commissioned for a second series in the UK, it is a prime-time quiz show with a unique USP – the world’s first-ever limitless jackpot!

     

    The Courtship is a bold new relationship show from Endemol Shine North America, in association with Shine TV. A modern woman tired of dating in the 21st century is transported to the Regency-era. Will the ultimate romantic experience see the leading lady swept off her feet? Joining Banijay’s dating offering, is Language of Love from Banijay Iberia’s Zeppelin and UK indie 2LE. The series explores whether love can blossom even with a language barrier to overcome as six British singletons and six Spaniards are brought together.

     

    Combining reality with adventure is Metronome’s epic new show, Shaolin Heroes. Celebrities will embark on a life-changing journey to master the ancient martial art of the Shaolin Warrior Monks. Elsewhere, Your Body Uncovered is a ground-breaking new concept that uses cutting-edge technology to better understand medical conditions. The format, created by Remarkable Factual, allows the viewers to witness this immersive journey every step of the way.

     

    On the scripted front, Banijay is highlighting Rogue Heroes. This new six-part series, written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) and produced by Kudos and Nebulastar, is a dramatized account of how the world’s greatest Special Forces unit, the SAS, was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War Two.

     

    From Kudos, in association with MadeFor and Sky Studios, Then You Run is a bold new Sky Original drama based on Zoran Drvenkar’s novel, ‘You’. The series follows a close-knit group of friends whose dreams of the perfect holiday spiral into a dark and perilous adventure.

     

    In Signora Volpe, which will be distributed internationally by Banijay Rights, Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) will star as a British spy who finds herself involved in a murder investigation in Italy. Motivated by her passion for justice with an instinct for adventure, this drama will unearth the dark secrets of Umbria. Written by Rachel Cuperman and Sally Griffiths (Midsomer Murders) it will be produced by ITV Studios-backed production company Route 24.

     

    Joining Banijay’s impressive catalogue of over 120,000 hours, the new titles will sit alongside super brands such as MasterChef, Big Brother, Survivor, LEGO® Masters and scripted hits, Screw, Peaky Blinders and Penoza amongst others.

  7. Banijay Benelux Expands With Breath-taking New Original Competition Format Blow Up

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    Banijay, the world’s largest independent home to the best creative talent and IP, today announces a new premium competition format from the Netherlands, showcasing the inspirational talent of balloon artists.

     

    Created by EndemolShine Netherlands, Blow Up will take viewers on an exciting journey into the awe-inspiring world of balloon art. In this competition series, produced for Dutch broadcaster RTL 4, contestants must create unique and mind-blowing balloon artworks. Only one balloon artist will blow everyone away and become the winner of this original new format.

     

    Rob van der Vleugel, Managing Director EndemolShine Netherlands says: “The world of balloon artists is full of extremely talented people, and we can’t wait to share their creative expertise with audiences on RTL 4. This format is the ultimate in uplifting, joyful fun and showcases the skills of an untapped community of balloon experts. The set is a mesmerising creation full of balloons, and this show will entertain viewers as they cheer for their favourite artists to win, hoping their vision only pops in a good way.”

     

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development says: “Blow Up is a brilliant addition to our ever-growing portfolio of innovative competition formats tapping into unique creative communities. It’s exciting to further grow our expertise from MasterChef and LEGO Masters, delivering high-end fun to primetime audiences, and we expect this show will inflate interest with broadcasters.”

     

    Endemol Shine Netherlands, a Banijay Benelux company produces and creates some of the biggest local and international entertainment formats. Recent and forthcoming credits include Big Brother, LEGO Masters, Chantal’s Pyjama Party and Domino Challenge.

     

    This format will join Banijay’s catalogue of over 4000 formats, beside flagship brands Survivor, Hunted, MasterChef, LEGO Masters and Big Brother, as well as the company’s portfolio of fresh new IP Interior Design Masters, Starstruck, Limitless Win, The Courtship and more.

  8. Danish Celebrities to Become Shaolin Heroes in Epic New Adventure Reality Series

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    Banijay, the world’s largest independent home to the best creative talent and IP, today announces a new premium adventure series from Danish label Metronome, focusing on the Shaolin Warrior Monk community in China.

    Shaolin Heroes will test celebrities like never before as they embark on a life-changing journey to master the ancient martial art of the Shaolin Warrior Monks in China. At a much-revered temple, the famous faces will receive the toughest, and most elite training possible. The challenge is not only physical, the celebrities will have to learn the Shaolin philosophy confront their deepest fears, and develop as a person to manifest a happier life.  Who will have the willpower and heart to become a true Shaolin Hero?

    Peter Hansen, Chief Creative Officer at Banijay Nordic,  says: “At Banijay we pride ourselves on being a thriving home for world-class content built for contemporary audiences. I have always loved karate, and together with Henrik Rasmussen, the Head of Programmes at Metronome, we developed the idea of celebrities being trained by real-life Grandmasters into an ambitious new adventure reality format, and this show is set to be a high-end offering for Danish audiences. This is a bold and original concept, and testament to broadcasters in the Nordics who are creatively open and willing to take significant risks, commissioning new and innovative ideas.”

    Tina Chistensen, Managing Director at Metronome, says:  “I’m really proud of the in-house development team here at Metronome, with a strategic focus they have created yet another original local format with the potential to travel. Over a number of years, Metronome has established itself as leading reality producer, and this, along with the confidence, resources and creative backing of Banijay, we have been able to pursue big format ideas with international appeal. With epic cinematic production values, we look forward to producing this authentic adventure reality series for TV 2 Denmark.”

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay, says: This exciting, brand new show taps into the inspirational values and philosophy behind Shaolin Kung Fu, with celebrities walking an ancient path of the world’s finest warrior monks. As we continue to innovate and create new IP, this impressive and original format utilises our expertise with big adventure and reality superbrands to build the next generation of hits.”

    Dorthe Thirstrup, Channel Controller at TV 2, says: “At TV 2 we are looking forward to sharing Shaolin Heroes with the Danes. In addition to offering tremendous production values, we also believe that the programme can inspire us all to cut off unnecessary noise, find peace and our inner strength. The pandemic has challenged our daily lives in many ways, but I also think it has made many people reflect on what is important. Although we may not all be, or should be, Shaolin Monks, I am convinced that the special universe will set the viewers’ thoughts in motion.”

    Danish production company Metronome is behind Banijay’s dating format Alone Together, as well as relationship hit, Fabulous Dads. It also produces a range of long-running non-scripted series including The IslandMasterChefTaskmasterThe Block and Ex on the Beach.

    This format will join Banijay’s catalogue of over 4000 formats, beside flagship brands Survivor, Hunted, MasterChef, LEGO Masters and Big Brother.

  9. Banijay Shines Light on New Year Portfolio

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    Banijay, the world’s largest independent home to the best creative talent and IP, today announces a stellar line-up of programmes launching in early 2022; all available to international broadcasters for adaptation or acquisition.

     

    Banijay’s Creative Networks is showcasing premium entertainment, quiz and dating with Starstruck, Limitless Win, The Language of Love and Pride and Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance; all premiering globally for the first time this year.

     

    Meanwhile, Banijay Rights has a premium slate of scripted content for distribution with Peaky Blinders, SAS: Rogue Heroes, Screw, Chloe, Riches, The Good Karma Hospital and Grantchester, all among its 2022 highlights.

     

    Elsewhere, other Banijay scripted titles coming up in 2022 include Playlist (Yellow Bird for Netflix), The Bride (Endemol Shine Italy and Rai for Rai1), The Rig (Wild Mercury for Amazon and Todo Por Lucy, a modern version of beloved comedy series I Love Lucy, licensed from ViacomCBS and developed and produced by Endemol Shine Boomdog and Elefantec Global for Amazon.

     

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay,  says: “It’s wonderful to start the year knowing we have such a spectacular line-up of brand new formats making their international debuts. With a mixture of entertainment, fun and jeopardy at their heart, we hope to putting smiles on everyone’s face. Continuing their popularity with viewers around the world, we look forward to pitching this new generation of formats to buyers across the globe.”

     

    Cathy Payne, CEO of Banijay Rights, says: “There is always an appetite for exceptional scripted programming and we are incredibly excited to once again be offering the market the very best content out there. These highly-anticipated series are produced by award-winning production companies, with visionary talent, both on and off-screen, ensuring these amazing dramas are rich in action and distinction.”

     

    Headlining the entertainment format slate is Starstruck from UK label Remarkable Television for ITV, which sees ordinary members of the public, teamed as trios, perform live as their favourite superstars; and from third-party producers Hello Dolly and Mitre Studios, Limitless Win, a prime-time quiz show with the world’s first-ever limitless jackpot,  launched this weekend on UK broadcaster ITV, ranking number one in its slot, across all demos.

     

    Fresh and funny relationship reality format The Language of Love, from third-party producers 2LE Media, Motion Content Group, along with Banijay Iberia’s Zeppelin, launched on UK broadcaster Channel 4 last week, with a group of Brits and a group of Spaniards pairing up at a dreamy Spanish country estate to see if they can find romance… despite not speaking each other’s language. Also in the relationship genre is Pride and Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance, from Endemol Shine North America and Banijay UK label Shine TV, a new series for Peacock, where contestants are transported to Regency-style England, with a group of eligible suitors attempting to win the heart of a heroine and her court.

     

    Banijay Rights is headlining with high-end scripted programming. BAFTA award-winning Peaky Blinders is returning for its sixth and final series this year. One of the BBC’s most successful dramas, the series has become a huge international phenomenon, thrilling millions of viewers worldwide with the story of Tommy Shelby and his notorious family’s rise to prominence and power, against the backdrop of working class, post-First World War Birmingham. Written by Steven Knight, the series from Caryn Mandabach Productions, is co-produced with Tiger Aspect Productions.

     

    Produced by Kudos, a Banijay UK company, and Nebulastar for BBC One, SAS: Rogue Heroes is generating international broadcaster interest and has already been acquired by premium US network EPIX. Written by Steven Knight, the series is a dramatised account of how the world’s greatest Special Forces unit, the SAS, was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War Two. Based on Ben Macintyre’s best-selling book of the same name, SAS: Rogue Heroes stars Connor Swindells (Sex Education, Vigil), Jack O’Connell (Skins, The North Water), Alfie Allen (Jojo Rabbit, Game Of Thrones), Sofia Boutella (Modern Love, Atomic Blonde) and Dominic West (The Wire, Appropriate Adult).

    Meanwhile, Banijay Rights is representing prison drama Screw. Produced by STV Studios for Channel 4 and told through embattled and inspiring characters, this drama focusses on the officers at Long Marsh men’s prison. In charge of C-Wing is Leigh Henry (Nina Sosanya), a career officer who would do anything for her prisoners – but she has a secret that if discovered, could cost her the job – and even her liberty. Original psychological thriller Chloe, a mystery about obsession, deceit, identity and grief from Mam Tor Productions for BBC One and Amazon Studios, also features among Banijay Rights’ titles. From creator and writer Alice Seabright (director, Sex Education), Chloe stars some of the UK’s hottest young acting talent including Erin Doherty (The Crown), Billy Howle (The Serpent), Pippa Bennet-Warner (Gangs of London) and Jack Farthing (Poldark).

     

    Other new scripted titles include Riches, a high-stakes family drama created and written by Abby Ajayi and produced by Greenacre Films for ITV and Amazon Studios, Tiger Aspect Productions hit drama The Good Karma Hospital also returns for a fourth season for ITV and Acorn TV, while Grantchester – the popular series from Kudos for Masterpiece PBS and ITV – will air its seventh season, with Robson Green returning as DI Geordie Keating and Tom Brittney as Reverend Will Davenport.

     

    These new titles join Banijay’s 120,000-hour catalogue, which comprises flagship brands MasterChef, LEGO Masters, Big Brother, Survivor and Hunted alongside scripted finished tape hits Mr Bean, Home and Away and Archer.

     

  10. It’s All About The Pâtissiers in Endemol Shine Germany’s Masters of Sweet

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    Endemol Shine Germany, a Banijay company, today announces it will produce Masters of Sweet for RTL. The brand-new 4 x 90’ competition series will air in the country later this year.

     

    Having dedicated their lives to creating showstopping sculptures made from sugar, cake, ice-cream, and chocolate, six of the best professional pâtissier teams will compete to create the perfect edible dream. They may be known locally for their amazing creations, but on each episode of Masters of Sweet, they will face a new challenge, from gigantic replicas, which can sometimes be over 1.5 metres high, to spectacular fashion creations. The pressure is on as amidst the creativity and impressive skill, the judges must select a team to send home at the end of each episode. The winning team will not only walk away with the title but also a sum of 25,000 euros.

     

    Fabian Tobias, CEO at Endemol Shine Germany comments: “From the Black Forest Gateau to wine gums, it is fair to say many who live in Germany have a sweet tooth. We are looking forward to showcasing the skill of our pâtissiers with this brand-new format, whilst enjoying their creations and hopefully we can inspire some amateurs at home.”

     

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay says: “Adding to Banijay Germany’s impressive slate, Masters of Sweet perfectly combines creativity, delicious food, craftmanship and competition. This new format taps into the global demand we are seeing for expertise-based competition formats that appeal to the whole family, joining MasterChefLEGO® MastersDomino Challenge, Interior Design Masters and Banijay Productions Germany’s Cream of the Crop (Allererste Sahne), which is set to return for a second series.”

     

    A leading TV production company, Endemol Shine Germany has recently launched the third season of LEGO®Masters on RTL and will bring the fifth season of The Masked Singer to German audiences later this year. Other key titles include Big Brother, Beauty and the Nerd, and Kitchen Impossible.

     

    Banijay Rights will distribute Masters of Sweet internationally.

  11. Jarowskij Puts Celebrities Through Climate Bootcamp

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    Banijay today announces Jarowskij, part of Banijay Nordic, will produce Climate Bootcamp for broadcast on SVT and UR (Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company).

     

    The 6 x 28’ series sees a group of celebrities address the area of their lives having the most detrimental impact on the planet. Whether it be travel, consumption or simply just their attitude, this group will attend a camp to retrain themselves and learn why they must act now. Equipped with the knowledge and necessary skills, the celebrities will then have to maintain it in their everyday lives. Can they reduce their climate score, or will they revert to their old ways?

     

    Iréne Lindblad, CEO at Jarowskij says: “Protecting our planet for future generations is incredibly important to us and in the midst of the Cop26 conversation, the world’s attention is on the climate emergency. The amazing talent associated with Climate Bootcamp highlight the small changes the individual can make and is just one example of the importance Banijay and its labels are placing on positive change.”

     

    Margretha Eriksson, Program Director, UR Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company comments:“Climate Bootcamp is part of our commitment to educating and inspiring Swedish audiences of all ages to be more sustainable – from young children wanting to learn about nature and how to take care of our planet, to grown-ups struggling with anxiety around climate change. Our belief and ambition is that this show will give the audience the knowledge, support and hope they need to start to change their everyday life for the better.”

     

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay adds: “Sustainability and the impact of climate change is central to our industry right now as it should be. Banijay, like its peers, is proactive in reducing its carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment, both corporately and on-set. New shows like Climate Bootcamp align with our wider core values and demonstrate our commitment to delivering content that entertains and educates.”

     

    Jarowskij’s Climate Bootcamp is the latest eco-format emerging from the Banijay catalogue. The 2020 premiere of Mastiff Denmark’s documentary, Wild Wonderful Denmark, showcased the regions flora and fauna, from its forests to urban nature. And, the recent launch of RDF Television’s, Shop Well for the Planet? for BBC One, sees legacy brands Shop Well for Less? and Eat Well for Less? combine to help people live an affordable, greener lifestyle.

     

    Banijay commits to promoting a responsible working environment, encouraging healthy living and sustainable behaviours, driving down the use of single-use plastics and food waste across all productions. Super brands like Big Brother, MasterChef, Family Food Fight and Ready Steady Cook are instrumental to continuing to push sustainability; for instance, over 75% of MasterChef productions now donate leftover food to charity.

  12. Banijay Factory Develops Original New Dating Show in Sign Language

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    Banijay today confirms Nordic label, Banijay Factory, has developed Sexy Hands for SVT1. This format, produced by Delta Studios, is the first dating show to be made anywhere in the world where deaf singletons and their hearing allies can’t see each other physically, apart from their hands, and use sign language to determine if there is a romantic connection or not.

     

    Sexy Hands is a new dating format showcasing the true power of sign language, and where communication and personality is everything. Three potential suitors sign their hearts out, competing to win the affection of a singleton. As they can’t see one-another apart from their hands, due to the studio’s ‘love’ wall, they must rely on sign to chat, flirt, and make a great first impression in a series of enticing and revealing rounds, designed to get the potential couples better acquainted. Round after round the singleton eliminates the candidates until one lucky suitor remains. Will it be love at first sign when the couple finally come face-to-face and go on a date, or will they be left searching for a spark?

     

    Robert Andersson, Senior Format Developer at Banijay Factory and creator of Sexy Hands says: “We’re proud to be playing a small part in making pop culture more inclusive and diverse. Sexy Hands is a fast-paced, visually captivating, fun, and literally loud blind-dating format where both deaf and hearing, sign language savvy singles come looking for love. It is a new spin on the popular dating genre, but also the first of its kind to place sign language in equal footing with the spoken word.”

     

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay comments: “Communication in dating and relationships is key and Sexy Hands represents a large community who get to know one another through sign language. This inclusive and refreshing format will enrich the dating genre, giving unique insight into the linguistic identity of people who are deaf and those that use sign language, and we’re extremely pleased to have a new format in the catalogue which reiterates our commitment to diversity both on and off screen.”

     

    Banijay Factory’s latest concept, Sexy Hands joins the company’s burgeoning slate, having already developedFood & Fire alongside Mastiff Sweden and Expedition Kahawa with Jarowskij. Furthermore, it also adds to Banijay Nordic’s entertainment formats which includes Mastiff Denmark’s Drag Me Out, whose premiere was the best new launch for TV 2 Zulu in 2021, and the format among Banijay’s international highlights for the autumn. Made up of 17 production companies, Banijay Nordic produces some of the region’s biggest formats, from reality shows like Survivor and Paradise Hotel, to key scripted titles such as Wallander and A Class Apart.