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  1. Banijay’s Mastiff TV Denmark Bolsters its Executive Team

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    Banijay today announces Mastiff TV Denmark, part of Banijay Nordic, has appointed Cornelius Moulvad as COO and Louise Runge Erichsen as Head of Reality, with both roles reporting to Chief Executive Officer Kristian Farcin-Leth.

    Moulvad joins Mastiff TV’s management team from creative agency Splay One where he was the Finance and Production Manager. Moulvad has also worked as a Business Consultant at Flying Tiger Copenhagen and was a Production Manager at Mastiff TV for several years gaining extensive knowledge of the company and its slate.

    In addition, the company has appointed Runge Erichsen in the newly created role of Head of Reality.  She will be part of the day-to-day management at Mastiff TV, working closely with Chief Creative Officer David Sidebotham to cement the label’s position in the reality space, as well as supporting the development and sale of upcoming projects. She has extensive experience within the genre having worked on nine seasons of Survivor (Robinson) and Race Across The World (Først til Verdens Ende), amongst other titles.

    Kristian Farcin-Leth, CEO Mastiff TV Denmark says: “Cornelius comes with an energy and knowledge that will strengthen us on several fronts. He is an excellent example of a new generation of leaders who combine business and empathy in management. Cornelius will be an invaluable support for me and the rest of the team as we lead Mastiff into a new era. Meanwhile, Louise is one of the most seasoned and respected content people in the industry. With her insight and abilities, she is a sparkling beacon in the reality genre.”

    Cornelius Moulvad says: “Mastiff TV is an exciting place with a skilled and experienced team, strong formats, and good working relationships. I am looking forward to getting to know the business and working with the team and our partners. Mastiff TV has always been a very special place for me, so I’m thrilled to come back.”

    Louise Runge Erichsen, comments: “Mastiff TV has a strong catalogue behind it and many exciting projects in the pipeline – so I am really looking forward to taking on this role, and in particular to working with the talented people at the ambitious powerhouse. I can hardly wait.”

    Mastiff is one of the leading production companies in Denmark and is behind a host of the nation’s successful original formats including  Drag Me Out, which has been adapted in Norway; Wild Wonderful Denmark; and The Journey, which has recently sold to Sweden. The company also produces global titles such as Survivor, Good Luck Guys, SAS: Who Dares Wins, and Best Singers.

  2. Banijay’s Starstruck Sees Danish Trios Take to the Stage

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    Banijay today announces Mastiff TV Denmark, part of Banijay Nordic, will adapt Starstruck for DR1. This marks the fourth deal for the hit studio entertainment format, where a trio of performers are transformed into the same iconic star, giving audiences three times the fun, talent and reveals.

    Originally created by Banijay UK label Remarkable Entertainment, Starstruck was the number one show in the Saturday evening slot and is set to return to ITV and ITVX for a second series. Mastiff TV Denmark’s commission follows that of Chile where the series was produced and broadcast on Canal 13. Banijay Rights also landed a sale in Bulgaria where the show was produced by Global Film for Nova TV.

    Kristian Farcin-Leth, CEO Mastiff TV Denmark comments:Starstruck is a great addition to our slate, offering premium, upbeat, and engaging entertainment with fantastic co-viewing potential for DR1. We are excited to uncover the transformations and showcase Denmark’s exceptional talent.”

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay says: Starstruck is the perfect example of why studio entertainment continues to attract broad audiences. The format is a triple threat of joyful celebration, glittery transformation and pop music legends. With multiple performers for each song, it has three times the fun; it’s guaranteed to get the party started for broad family audiences. It is brilliant to see this IP launch in a fourth territory and we are looking forward to seeing where it goes next.”

    From Miley Cyrus to Marvin Gaye, Starstruck transforms ordinary members of the public, with exceptional talent, into some of the world’s biggest music icons. However, they won’t be on stage alone. Instead, they will line up as three different interpretations of the same artist and give a combined performance set to wow the judges. With a cash prize at stake, only one will go through to the final and be in with a chance of winning. Who will leave the audience Starstruck?

    Mastiff TV Denmark boasts an impressive slate of non-scripted titles including Survivor, SAS: Who Dares Wins, Drag Me Out, and Good Luck Guys, which recently premiered on Prime Video.

  3. Kristian Farcin-Leth Takes on Mastiff Denmark CEO Post

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    Banijay Nordic today announces the appointment of entertainment leader, Kristian Farcin-Leth, as CEO of Mastiff Denmark. Joining from Fremantle-owned Strong Productions, where he most recently served as CEO, he brings a wealth of experience to the role and has been tasked with building on the previous success of the business to drive further growth opportunities across both scripted and unscripted.

    Under Farcin-Leth’s leadership, Strong has bolstered its position as an incredibly well- reputed label, behind hits like The Farm, Race Across The World, Celebrity Boot Camp and the Danish Academy Award-winning scripted series, Outlaw.

    An existing friend of Banijay Nordic, he previously served as a successful Programme Director for Mastiff, and also worked with Nordisk Film TV. Returning in his new capacity as CEO, he will work with the entity’s brilliant team to expand and diversify the company’s pipeline of original standout programming. He reports to Banijay’s Nordic Group COO, Karoline Spodsberg, and Mastiff Chairman and Nordic Group CEO, Jacob Houlind.

    Nordic Group CEO, Jacob Houlind, comments: “With unrivalled knowledge of the Danish market having been a cross-genre producer, creator and manager, Kristian couldn’t be better placed to take on the reins of the company. Sitting at the helm of a portfolio of best-in-class talent and formats, there is huge opportunity to further grow the slate of premium programming and build on Mastiff’s existing track record as a market-leading entertainment powerhouse.”

    Nordic Group COO Karoline Spodsberg comments: Today, talent and importantly, talent leadership is integral for success. Kristian has both the management profile and experience to strategically nurture Mastiff Denmark’s growth, and genre maturity. We are looking forward to seeing the company prosper under his direction.”

    Farcin-Leth added: “Mastiff is led by some of the very best creatives in the business, so it is hugely exciting to be asked to take on this challenge. The range and quality produced across the genres is unparalleled and, I’ll do all I can to help the continued growth and development. I’ve had five wonderful years at Strong, but the scope and ambition of the new role made the return to Mastiff irresistible, and I look forward to strengthening our position for the future. A future that requires us to dare to be modern and creative both in terms of management and development.”

    Farcin-Leth replaces long-serving Mastiff CEO, Mads Ulrick Holmstrup, following his decision to step down from the role after 20 years with the company. The company is one of the leading labels in Banijay’s Nordic group portfolio and most recently was behind titles including Drag Me Out, which has just been picked up in Norway, and Wild Wonderful Denmark.