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  1. CJ ENM’s ‘The Genius Game’ Gets Optioned to Banijay

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    Banijay today announces it has inked an option deal with leading entertainment company, CJ ENM, for its survival game show format, The Genius Game, across the UK, Denmark, and Norway, with Remarkable Entertainment, Mastiff TV Denmark, and Mastiff TV Norway.

    The Genius Game tests players’ intelligence and social savviness. The players are chosen based on their social IQ, charisma, charm, and intelligence to participate in a unique battle of intelligence and manipulation. Players compete in the Main Match and the Death Match, to challenge their analytical reasoning, attention to detail, memory, and loyalty. In order to become the Genius, players must form secret alliances and decide who to trust and who to betray in order to increase their chances of survival. 

    James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay says: “The Genius Game is an entertaining, high-stakes, social game which has generated significant international interest. We have experienced and talented creatives in the UK, Denmark, and Norway who are ready to bring this psychological social experiment to audiences.”

    “We are overjoyed to create opportunities for The Genius Game to be produced in different versions of the show. With the elements of a hit show, including problem solving skills, social skills and the betrayal element, it is a show that can entertain viewers from all territories. As a multi-season mega-hit show in Korea, bolstering our IP in a local format will bring so much fun and thrill to its viewers as well,” says Diane Min, Head of Format Sales at CJ ENM.

    Meanwhile, the Netherlands adapted version of the show The Genius: The Netherlands premiered on October 3rd.

  2. Banijay Americas Acquires Majority Stake in Brasilian Studio A Fábrica

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    Banijay Americas, a division of Banijay, the world’s largest producer and distributor of international content, has acquired a majority stake in leading Brasilian studio A Fábrica, it was announced today by Ben Samek, President and Chief Operating Officer, Banijay Americas and Laurens Drillich, President, Endemol Shine Latino.

    A Fábrica, which is based in Rio de Janeiro and was founded in January 2016, is behind many of the nation’s top scripted series and films. Its content can currently be found on such networks and platforms as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Turner, HBO Max, Globo, Globoplay, Canal GNT and Multishow.

    A Fábrica was initially launched by partners Luiz Noronha (CEO), Renato Fagundes (Chief Content Officer), Cecilia Grosso and Samanta Moraes (Producers) and Alberto Elias (CFO). A Fábrica’s management team will remain in place, reporting to Drillich

    A Fábrica currently produces Brasil’s highest-rated pay TV sitcom, “Vai Que Cola,” which is in its 10th season for Multishow and Globo and the studio has two highly anticipated scripted series coming to streaming platforms in the coming months, including “Sem Filtro,” a comedy developed in partnership with Netflix, which is set to debut early next year.

    With the addition of A Fábrica, Banijay Americas is now comprised of 10 leading production companies across North America and South America. Banijay Americas studios in the U.S. include Endemol Shine North America, Bunim/Murray Productions, Truly Original, 51 Minds Entertainment, Authentic Entertainment and Stephen David Entertainment.

    In Latin America, Banijay Americas studios include Endemol Shine Brasil (based in São Paulo) and Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog and the recently opened Banijay Mexico & U.S. Hispanic. Last month, the company announced it was opening Banijay Studios Brasil, a 750,000 square-foot production studio facility in Guarulhos, Brasil, which will be managed by the team at Endemol Shine Brasil.

    “When we look at potential new partnerships and or acquisitions, we always start with a search for talented storytellers and strong leadership and the team at A Fábrica was clearly at the top of that list,” said Banijay Americas’ Samek. “They have quickly established A Fábrica as Brasil’s go-to studio for the best in film and scripted content and we are thrilled to have their team join our roster of world-class production studios in the Americas.”

    A Fábrica’s Noronha stated, “With the arrival of Banijay, we are guaranteed to grow with ever-increasing quality, both in terms of management and delivery capacity. We maintain flexibility in our business models and personalized customer service, reaffirming our commitment to originality and the results of our productions.”

    A Fábrica has established itself as a leader in high quality scripted content in Brasil, producing films for both theatrical release and for top streaming platforms, as well as some of the nation’s most watched scripted series.In addition to “Sem Filtro,” it’s upcoming comedy series for Netflix, the studio is preparing to launch “A Divisão,” a co-production with Afroreggae Audiovisual. The Brasilian police procedural is set to launch on Globoplay in 2023.

    On the film side, A Fábrica has produced original titles for theatrical release, as well as for streaming platforms. The studio recently delivered the highest audience for a non-English-language film in Netflix’s history with “Modo Avião.” In 2021, Netflix’s “Lulli,” another A Fábrica original production, was on the top 10-charts in several countries, including Brasil.

    Theatrically, A Fábrica released its first film in theaters in 2018, “Minha Vida em Marte,” selling over five million tickets in Brasil’s theaters and it was honored as the nation’s best comedy of the year. The studio currently has eight feature films in its pipeline, including the comedy “Cansei De Ser Nerd,” in partnership with Hungry Man for Paramount Pictures and “Era Uma Vez Minha Primeira Vez,” based on a book by best-selling Brasilian author Thalita Rebouças, a production for Warner Bros.

    Additionally, A Fábrica is currently producing four docu-series focused on true crime, including “O Caso Henry,” about a child’s murder that shocked Brasil a year ago. And the studio’s first original documentary, “Filho da Mãe,” is set to debut on Amazon Prime Video December 16.

    A Fábrica is also establishing itself on the international front, developing acclaimed TV and film projects, including “Concrete Jungle,” a series loosely based on Edyr Augusto’s book and created by Renato Fagundes and W. Peter lliff and directed by Vicente Amorim; “The Yellow Passport,” a feature film based on the book by Maha Mamo and directed by Bruno Barreto; “Haiti,” a drama series based on real events, and “Brasil Nunca Mais,” a feature film written by Renato Fagundes, to be directed by Vicente Amorim.

    The addition of A Fábrica to Banijay’s portfolio reinforces the wider group’s overarching commitment to and investment in, growing its scripted pipeline globally. Its latest announced/on-air scripted highlights include SAS: Rogue Heroes (Kudos for BBC One), Marie Antoinette (Banijay Studios France, CAPA Drama, Les Gens France for Canal+ and BBC Two), Domina (Tiger Aspect for Sky Atlantic), Riding in Darkness (Jarowskij for CMORE/TV4), Ronja (Filmlance for Viaplay), Fallen (Filmlance for CMORE/TV4/ZDF), Bosé (Shine Iberia, VIS, Elefantec Global, Legacy Rock for Paramount Plus), Ripley (Endemol Shine North America for SHOWTIME), Gypsy Bride (Diaganol TV for Antena3), Dance Brothers (Endemol Shine Finland for Netflix), and Two Tone (Kudos for BBC One).

     

     

  3. Big Brother Reaches 65th Market

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    Banijay Rights today announces Big Brother VIP will be adapted for the Republic of Kosovo. Co-produced byKlan Kosova and Artmotion, the new series will air on Klan Kosova from the 5th of December, bringing the Banijay format to 65 countries.

    Originally created by EndemolShine Nederland, Big Brother recently returned to Telefe in Argentina after five years. The reboot was a huge success with a 70% share on its launch. This follows the recent news of the format’s return to the UK with ITV2 and ITVX, and Banijay UK-owned Initial lined up to produce. The global reality hit is going from strength to strength, with 32 productions airing across 25 markets this year, up from 2021. Big Brother’s celebrity spin-off was named K7 Media’s spin-off of the year in 2021 with 17 active markets.

    Samia Moktar, VP CEE & Airlines, Banijay Rights, who negotiated the deal, said: “Big Brother VIP is a fantastic spin-off, a tried and tested hit which has attracted large audiences around the world, from Australia to Italy. We’re looking forward to building on this international success and bringing Big Brother to its 65thmarket, working with Klan Kosova and Artmotion to showcase iconic celebrity reality content for the Kosovan audience.”

    Big Brother VIP is the all-seeing, all-powerful format that follows a group of celebrities living together in a house fitted with cameras recording their every move. With no contact from the outside world, celebrity participants must learn how to co-habit with their new housemates whilst competing against them every week in physical and mental challenges. Watching the celebrities 24/7 they must decide who should be evicted and who ultimately should be crowned the winner of Big Brother VIP.

  4. Banijay Opening Largest Independent Production Studio Facility in Latin America

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    Banijay, the world’s leading producer and distributor of international content, is set to open the largest independent production studio facility in Latin America, Banijay Studios Brasil, in 2023, it was announced today by Ben Samek, President and Chief Operating Officer, Banijay Americas.

    Based in São Paulo, Banijay Studios Brasil is nearly 250,000 square feet (more than 70,000 m2) and will welcome third-party TV and film clients alike. The studio deal was led by Samek, Endemol Shine Latino President Laurens Drillich and Endemol Shine Brasil CEO Nani Freitas.

    The studio will be managed by the team at Endemol Shine Brasil, the leading independent studio in Brasil, behind many of the nation’s top-rated unscripted series.

    The studio will offer a variety of options for productions of all sizes, with indoor and outdoor facilities, world-class technology, scenography sheds and modern office space for producers and talent. The new facility is being built in Guarulhos, located just miles from São Paulo’s international airport and is expected to open its doors next spring.

    “We are always looking for new opportunities to grow our business and strengthen our local production companies and at the same time, enhance the quality of our shows,” says Drillich. “So, when the team at Endemol Shine Brasil came to us with a plan to build a studio complex in São Paulo, we were immediately interested. There is currently a huge demand for studio space in Brasil, a very important market for us, with one of the most engaged audiences in the world and endless possibilities. Our parent company at Banijay recognized this made a lot of sense and quickly made the necessary investments to make Banijay Studios Brasil a reality.”

    Freitas added, “Here in Brasil, we have seen record growth in original television production over the last few years and with that growth, there has been a tremendous demand for audiovisual facilities for studios like ours to deliver high-quality programming to networks and streaming platforms alike. So, we chose to build this new world-class facility, where we can both produce our own original content and also offer third-party clients the opportunity to produce their series in this beautiful, massive new space, as well.”

    Endemol Shine Brasil, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, currently produces hits for Globo, Netflix, HBO Max, Band, Discovery Home & Health, Record, MTV, GNT and numerous other outlets. And it’s behind such hit series as Love Is Blind, MasterChef, Survivor, All Together Now, Rio Shore, The Rolling Kitchen, Iron Chef, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Wall, Masked Singer, Queen Stars and recently launchedMasterChef+.

  5. Banijay Studios France Partners with Fiction’Air, Belga Productions and RTBF, on New Premium Crime Thriller for TF1

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    Banijay today announces a new French co-production for TF1, Les Disparus de la Forêt Noire, produced in partnership with Banijay Studios France, Fiction’Air, Belga Productions and RTBF. The premium drama will be distributed internationally by Banijay Rights.

    Starring Hélène de Fougerolles, (Balthazar), Gregory Fitoussi (St Tropez, Spiral) and Tcheky Karyo (The Missing, Baptiste),  Les Disparus de la Forêt Noire is set in the heart of the Black Forest, at a binational military base near the French-German border, where twelve bodies, all men, are found in a mass grave. The victims are both French and German, with the murders committed over three decades.  Judge Camille Hartmamnn, played by Hélène de Fougerolles, has a connection to the case, but after a car accident she has lost her memory, and any recollections are side-lined, even though this macabre discovery revives memories Hartmann believed to be buried. Meanwhile, veteran French officer Franz Agerland (Tcheky Karyo) joins forces with young German police officer Erik Maes (Gregory Fitoussi) to investigate the case. Just how connected to the murders is Hartmann?

    Carole Della Valle, Executive Producer, Banijay Studios France says: “Les Disparus de la Forêt Noire is a tense and gripping thriller, with premium production values bringing a cinematic feel to the drama. With a big-name cast in place, known both here in France and internationally, we are confident the drama will engage the TF1 audience and beyond with the support of Banijay Rights. It has been a great experience to work with our co-production partners Fiction’Air, Belga Productions and RTBF, and together we have created a drama we’re all incredibly proud of.”

    Nagui, President at Fiction’Air says: “We are thrilled with this second collaboration with BSF and are looking forward a new scriptied project in the future. With Les Disparus de la Forêt Noire, Fiction’Air is confirming its ambition to offer new series on the national and international scene.”

    Banijay France, led by François de Brugada, encompasses a line-up of boutique creative scripted labels, including Marathon, Shine Fiction, Terence and Banijay Studios France, the company behind Marie Antoinette, which has sold to Australia, the US and UK with further deals to be announced soon. Also within Banijay France is Alain Goldman’s Montmartre Films.

    Banijay is home to the world’s best scripted producers, with over 50 diverse, award-winning labels across the footprint in the UK, US, Australia, Nordics, Germany, Benelux, Iberia, Belgium, Israel, Italy, Poland and India.

  6. Endemol Shine North America’s Senior Vice President Tamaya Petteway to Lead Studio’s Licensing Team Again

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    Endemol Shine North America’s Senior Vice President Tamaya Petteway has added oversight of the studio’s licensing team for a second time and industry veteran Chris Lucero has joined the Banijay-owned studio as Director of Licensing Partnerships.

    Petteway, who has been with Endemol Shine North America since 2015 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Brand and Digital Partnerships, has taken on oversight of the studio’s licensing department for a second time. Petteway, who formerly led the company’s licensing initiatives from April 2016-August 2019, will now lead the newly named Brand Partnerships, Licensing and Digital team for the studio.

    Lucero joins Endemol Shine North America after serving in top roles with NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Television, Games Workshop and most recently at Rover Brand Management. In his new role, Lucero will oversee day-to-day licensing partnerships for the studio, which is behind such hits as MasterChef, Wipeout, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Deal Or No Deal and many others.

    “Having previously led our licensing division, I’m thrilled to return to the business and build upon our team’s proven success, while continuing to lead our brand partnerships and digital initiatives here at Endemol Shine North America,” says Petteway. “And I’m delighted to have Chris join our ranks, as he brings with him a wealth of TV licensing knowledge, experience, passion, and excitement. He will clearly be a valuable member of our multi-talented group, helping us further expand our U.S. and global licensing efforts that are centered around our dynamic slate of scripted and unscripted TV properties.”

    Petteway is now responsible for creating and expanding both licensing and brand partnership efforts for Endemol Shine North America’s roster of hit programs. During her eight years with the studio, she has created numerous brand partnerships across the studio’s top series, including integrating major consumer brands into MasterChef and MasterChef Junior (FOX), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV), MasterChef Latinos (Estrella), LEGO Masters (FOX), Wipeout (TBS), The Courtship (Peacock/NBCUniversal) and Foodtastic (Disney+).

    Brand partners have included Samsung, General Mills, Blue Apron, T-Mobile, Kellogg’s, State Farm, Lexus, Mazola, Blue Diamond, Whirlpool, Burlington, Wayfair, Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft and many more.

    On the licensing side, Petteway has developed numerous successful partnerships during her tenure, helping make MasterChef and MasterChef Junior two of the most successful brands in the industry—launching such initiatives as the MasterChef Junior Live Tour with TCG Entertainment, MasterChef Wines, Camp MasterChef with Campus Cerdanya, Cooking with MasterChef interactive online cooking classes with Bluprint.com, MasterChef Cruises (with Holland America), MasterChef Junior cooking sets with Wicked Cool Toys, MasterChef Table with Grubhub and numerous best-selling MasterChef and MasterChef Junior cookbooks.

    Petteway also led the launch of series-inspired products developed for the Emmy Award-winning scripted series Black Mirror (Netflix), including the first-ever social board game ‘Nosedive,’ an exclusive apparel line for Target, and ‘binge-themed’ subscription boxes with Loot Crate.

    Prior to joining Endemol Shine North America, Petteway was Vice President, Partnership Marketing and Development at Universal Music Group. Before joining Universal Music Group, Petteway spent eight years at CORE Media’s 19 Entertainment, including as Vice President, Brand Partnerships.

    Lucero joins Endemol Shine North America from Rover Brand Management, where he led the boutique licensing and merchandising consultancy firm as its principal, working with both established and emerging brands. Prior to Rover, Lucero led licensing and brand management in North America for UK-based Games Workshop, the world’s largest tabletop war gaming company.

    Previously, Lucero was Vice President, Global Licensing, Sony Pictures Television, where he represented the studio’s current and catalog television-based intellectual properties. While at Sony, Lucero spearheaded both the domestic and international growth of the studio’s Franchise Licensing business, representing over 50 current and classic television series, including Outlander, Preacher, Shark Tank, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad and more.

    Before that, Lucero was at NBCUniversal, where he was Director of Global Licensing for the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group. He led both the worldwide growth of NBC Universal’s TV Consumer Products Group business for the NBCU entities: Syfy, USA, The Weather Channel, CNBC, NBC News, and NBC’s vast catalog of television titles.

    Lucero holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in Film and Television and a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law.

  7. Banijay Owned Endemol Shine Brasil Celebrates 15 Years

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    Endemol Shine Brasil, the top independent production company in the world’s sixth most populous nation, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month and enjoying record success.

    A division of Banijay, the world’s largest producer and distributor of international content, Endemol Shine Brasil produced a record number of original series in 2021 and is set to top that level of production this year with shows across leading Brasilian broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

    The studio currently produces hits for Globo, Netflix, HBO Max, Band, Discovery Home & Health, Record, MTV, GNT and numerous other outlets. And it’s behind such hit series as Love Is Blind, MasterChef, Survivor, All Together Now, Rio Shore, The Rolling Kitchen, Iron Chef, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Wall, Masked Singer, Queen Stars and recently launched MasterChef+.

     Endemol Shine Brasil was recently honored as the top production company in the nation at the Caboré Awards and two of its series, The Masked Singer Brasil and The Bridge Brasil, were on the shortlist for the prestigious Rose d’Or Award. In 2022, Endemol Shine Brasil will have produced more than 20 original series, up 21% vs. it’s 2021 output.

     Five years ago, Endemol Shine Brasil launched a branded content team and the studio has now successfully developed and produced original series with leading brands such as Pantene, Stella Artois, Beats, Skol, Budweiser, Samsung, and many others.

    In addition to content with major brands, Endemol Shine Brasil has a licensing department with over 300 licensed products from many of Banijay’s top series, including Masterchef Brasil, Peaky Blinders, Simon’s Cat, Black Mirrorand more.

    Nani Freitas, CEO of Endemol Shine Brasil, stated that the production company, upon opening its doors in 2007, was only responsible for licensing formats. Years later, it started to produce and adapt its own and third-party content and soon established itself as a leading production house, offering a wide variety of audiovisual services for numerous outlets.

    “We’ve enjoyed 15 years of experience in a market that offers excellent business opportunities,” says Freitas. “We’ve established our position in Brasil by standing out for the excellence of our services, delivering high-quality productions in all genres we produce, be they talent shows, games, gastronomy or relationships. We celebrate these 15 years with great pride.”

    Attentive to market trends and movements, Endemol Shine Brasil has also been working closely with its network, streaming and brand partners to support its content on social media. MasterChef Brazil social platforms, managed by Endemol Shine Brasil, currently have 3.4 million followers on Instagram, 2.4 million followers on Facebook, 1.65 million followers on Twitter, 4.47 million subscribers on YouTube and approximately 10 million minutes consumed, surpassing one billion views

    Brazilians spend, on average, almost eight hours a day on broadcast, pay TV, video games and streaming – more than twice the global average of 2 hours and 55 minutes, according to Kantar Ibope.

  8. Know Malaika Arora up close and personal as she makes her digital debut with Disney+ Hotstar’s all-new show, Moving In With Malaika.

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    Relationships, Glamour and more. This Bollywood’s iconic diva has seen it all. Capturing hearts with her stellar dance moves and charisma – Malaika Arora makes her much awaited digital debut with Disney+ Hotstar. She is set to give fans access to her past, present, and future through unfiltered conversations in an all-new, exclusive show, Moving In With Malaika. Releasing from 5th December onwards this exciting series produced by Banijay Asia, will also see guest appearances from her friends and family as they spill the tea on her.

    Gaurav Banerjee, Head- Content, Disney+ Hotstar & HSM Entertainment Network, Disney Star, said, “After the successful season 7 of Koffee With Karan, we are delighted to bring before our viewers yet another exciting reality show,  Moving In With Malaika. With this latest addition we expand our catalog of nonfiction shows, giving audiences a sneak peek into the life of Malaika Arora.”

     Malaika Arora, sharing her excitement said, “For the longest time, the world has viewed me through the lens of social media. But this time I am excited to shake that up a bit. With this show, I want to break that barrier between me and my fans and invite them into my world through Moving In With Malaika. It will be a fun ride as I take everyone along with me exploring my day-to-day life with some of my closest family and friends. I am exhilarated to kick-start this new venture and delighted to collaborate with Disney+ Hotstar on this.”

    Deepak Dhar, CEO & Founder, Banijay Asia, added, “We are always excited to get new and innovative content to our audiences and Moving In With Malaika is another show from the Banijay Asia team. It’s a special glimpse into Malaika’s life. We are excited to bring Malaika to the enchanting world of OTT. Disney+ Hotstar has always been a great content partner with us for earlier shows like Roar of the Lion, Hostages, and more recently with the success of Dahan, we are itching to get this show out to our viewers!”

  9. Banijay Rights Serves Up My Kitchen Rules to New Zealand

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    Banijay Rights today announces a raft of news for My Kitchen Rules, with a landmark agreement confirmed with TVNZ for the Australian show. Meanwhile under the Banijay Rights deal, Screentime New Zealand has been commissioned to produce a local version, with the successful format returning after a five-year hiatus.

    Screentime New Zealand, a Banijay company, has been commissioned by TVNZ to produce the culinary competition format, which sees teams travel the nation and attempt to out-dine each other from their own homes. The contestants will compete under the watchful gaze of renowned chefs and restaurateurs Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge, who will be travelling across the ditch to take their judging seats at the head of dining tables around the country. The show will launch on TVNZ 2 in 2023.

    The deal sees Screentime New Zealand produce the format for the first time and builds on the company’s reputation for making high-quality primetime shows for the local and international market.

    The adaptation forms part of Banijay Rights’ new agreement for the Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules Australia, with TVNZ securing the series long term – including the broadcast of the current 12th season which launched on Channel 7 and 7plus in Australia in August. The series will broadcast this week on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ+.

    My Kitchen Rules has now been ordered by 12 international broadcasters across Europe, Australia and Africa, with a further three airing the original format My Restaurant Rules. The latest series My Kitchen Rules South Africa recently returned for a third season on M-Net after three years off air and was renewed for a new run. Banijay globally distributes the format and finished tape for the show.

     The format and finished tape deal was negotiated by Lyle Bettson-Barker, SVP Sales, Australia and New Zealand, Banijay Rights, who said: “As one of Banijay’s most outstanding culinary formats, My Kitchen Rules holds a special place in so many hearts with its focus on everyday cooking by everyday people, with ingredients we can all relate to – home recipes, home cooking, friends, family, tears and laughter. We can’t wait to see Seven’s My Kitchen Rules Australia resonate with New Zealand audiences once again and we’re excited for a new adaptation to showcase local families and friends at TVNZ.”

     Philly de Lacey, CEO of Screentime New Zealand, said: “My Kitchen Rules will showcase the rich diversity of quintessential home cooking here in New Zealand. As a nation we are incredibly proud of our foodie culture, and Screentime New Zealand is set to bring creative know-how to this excellent format for TVNZ.”

    Angus Ross, Seven’s Chief Content Officer, Entertainment Programming, said: “Whichever way you dice it, My Kitchen Rules is Australia’s favourite cooking show, adored by millions. Our distribution partnership with Banijay Rights is one to be proud of and we’re delighted the My Kitchen Rules format continues to resonate in global markets. We look forward to working with TVNZ and Screentime New Zealand on this local version for the New Zealand territory.”

     Cate Slater, TVNZ Director of Content, said: “We’re delighted to bring My Kitchen Rules back to TVNZ 2 and TVNZ+. It is a much-loved series, and we look forward to following the journeys of some of Aotearoa’s best amateur cooks as they set about trying to impress Manu and Colin with their culinary masterpieces in homes around the country.”

    Featuring judges Nigella Lawson and Manu Feildel, My Kitchen Rules Australia sees real people cooking real food in their own homes, serving treasured family recipes and love on a plate to the judges and their fellow contestants.

    Each team will bring their A-game as they compete to win the coveted ‘My Kitchen Rules’ crown, moving one step closer to realising their lifelong food dreams. Which team will impress the judges, score big with fellow contestants and triumph in the heat of the kitchen?

  10. Banijay Takes Majority Stake in MoviePlus Productions

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    Banijay today confirms an expansion of its operations in Israel, via the majority acquisition (51% share) of MoviePlus Productions. Further broadening the group’s drama capabilities in the region, the investment reinforces its commitment to creativity and the development of original content for local and international markets.

    MoviePlus Productions is an independent Israeli production company specialising in drama series, documentaries, and feature-length films. Established by David Mandil, it is based in Israel, and has a track record in international-spanning local drama series, which was built on the likes of critically-acclaimed Our Boys for HBO and KI, Miguel (Canal+); Deus and Jerusalem Brew, and multi-award-winning Embezzlement for YES Studios, among others.

    Beyond drama series, MoviePlus Productions is behind the Academy Award-nominated films, Footnote and Beaufort; A Tale of Love and Darkness, in which Natalie Portman made her directorial debut; Norman by Joseph Cedar, starring Richard Gere, Steve Buscemi, and Charlotte Gainsbourg; and many more.

    In its new home, as part of Banijay, MoviePlus Productions will retain its identity and DNA, and will continue to be operated by founding CEO, David Mandil, a leading producer in the region and beyond. The scripted division of Endemol Shine Israel also continues to operate separately under the guidance of Head of Drama, Gal Zaid.

    David Mandil, CEO, MoviePlus: “Movieplus has been producing for 20 years. The team and I are very proud of the path we have chosen, which led us to this great endeavor. We are very honoured to be joining hands with Banijay and Endemol Shine Israel and are determined to grasp this opportunity and together create high-end content. Along the years, we had the chance to collaborate with many talented creators, writers and directors, and are looking forward to many more challenging and fascinating projects.”

    Marco Bassetti, CEO, Banijay: “David is an impressive storymaker, who has honed a business built on creativity, originality and above all, quality. As we continue to build our position as the number one home for content artists, he is a welcome addition, and we look forward to further expanding our premium scripted offering in the Israeli market via the combined strength of Endemol Shine Israel and MoviePlus Productions.”

    Amir Ganor, CEO Endemol Shine Israel: “MoviePlus, under the leadership of David, has built a fantastic reputation in our industry for its delivery of premium feature- length films and series, which capture the world. Partnering with the best writers, directors and crews, its titles have become regulars on the global award circuits, and we are proud to be welcoming him, and the team, into our home. Together, we can continue to expand our offerings and solidify Israel’s position as a home for high- quality creativity.”

    Endemol Shine Israel has long been a player in the scripted space with releases to date including, Valley of Tears, one of the biggest and most successful dramas to come from Israel, which launched on IPBC and sold to HBO Max; Queens, which was sold in recent year to several territories, and International Emmy-nominee, Fifty. Endemol Shine Israel also won two International Emmys for its titles, Traffic Light and Nevsu.

    In joining the Banijay family and its global portfolio of labels, MoviePlus Productions will have the opportunity to strike co-production ventures with fellow scripted outfits across the world. Additionally, as part of the deal, its forthcoming titles will now be distributed by Banijay Rights.

  11. Screentime New Zealand Preps Banijay’s Blow Up for Three

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    Banijay today confirms Screentime New Zealand, part of Banijay, will produce Blow Up for Three, part of Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ. This is the fourth territory to commission the format, and the second this autumn, following the news that the balloon competition is set for Germany, and Australia.

    In Blow Up, the nation’s best balloon artists battle it out to showcase their skill and creativity. Within a limited timeframe, the contestants must complete unique challenges and wow the expert judges with their mesmerising creations. These one-of-a-kind creations bring audiences into the magical world of balloon art and highlight the potential each balloon poses. In this competition format, who has what it takes to be crowned the best balloon artist and who will have their dream popped?

    Philly de Lacey, CEO of Screentime New Zealand comments:Blow Up is an uplifting, fun and awe-inspiring format. We are excited to bring the only show which showcases the amazing work of balloon artists to New Zealand television, and build on our expertise in the competition genre, already producing MasterChef New Zealand for Three earlier this year.”

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay says:Blow Up offers something unique, providing joyful, competitive content, that is sought-after by audiences and broadcasters around the world. With Australia, Germany and now New Zealand all set to create their own versions of the Dutch format, this innovative show has so much international potential.”

    With four commissions including Australia and Germany, Blow Up was created by EndemolShine Nederland, and will return to RTL4 for a second season after becoming the number one show in the slot on all commercial and key demos.

    Screentime New Zealand boasts an impressive catalogue ranging from award-winning drama, documentary, and factual entertainment series. Among its key titles are MasterChef New Zealand, Eat Well For Less, and Police Ten 7, as well as hit drama, The Gulf.

  12. Banijay Asia Inks Deal with Keshet International

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    Entertainment powerhouse Banijay Asia, part of Banijay, today announces a partnership with global content producer and distributor, Keshet International (KI). The collaboration between the two companies will see the former option key scripted formats in the latter’s content library, with the ambition of adapting them to deliver Indian viewers quality scripted comedies and dramas from territories all over the world in local milieu.

     From original IP to local adaptations of popular scripted and unscripted titles, in its four-year journey, Banijay Asia has introduced some of the most iconic international shows to India, such as Survivor, Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls, Call My Agent Bollywood, and The Voice. In addition to distributing Israeli IP like False Flag, Rising Star, and Yellow Peppers (The A Word), KI is internationally recognised for its rich catalogue of local language dramas and comedies from elsewhere – including Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, Turkey, Mexico, and Quebec – and with this partnership, Banijay Asia has unlocked access to its impressive content library.

     Deepak Dhar, CEO & Founder, Banijay Asia said: “Indian audiences have an insatiable palette for diverse stories and shows, and Banijay Asia strives to meet that demand by inking partnerships with a range of production networks from all around the world. Keshet International has a brilliant content library, and its prioritisation of quality content and storytelling with authenticity, perfectly aligns with our philosophy. Together, we are working to build a raft of shows that will continue to broaden the content offering in our market.”

     Keren Shahar, KI’s President of Distribution and COO, added: “We are really excited to be working with Banijay Asia to help it identify more dramas and comedies from our library to adapt for Indian audiences. Following successful local adaptations of our Israeli IP as two seasons of Bandi Yuddh Ke (Prisoners of War) and the Telegu adaptation of The Baker and the Beauty – we are looking forward to seeing similar successes with shows from Israel, Europe, and beyond!”

     Under the leadership of Deepak Dhar, Banijay Asia creates premium content for the Indian and South East Asian market. Across television, films and OTT platforms, the company has expertise across all genres including entertainment, factual, scripted and reality. Recent successes include Disney+ Hotstar’s supernatural thriller, Dahan – Raakhan Ka Rahasya, mystery drama Hostages and India’s first interactive reality special Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls for Netflix.