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Banijay today announces four local versions of Good Luck Guys will launch on Prime Video in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. They will be produced by Banijay Nordic companies Meter TV, Mastiff Denmark, Mastiff Norway and Banijay Finland.
Good Luck Guys follows six duos of influencers and reality stars, with more skills for social media than for life in the wild, as they set out on a frantic adventure in rural Thailand. Fuelled by a burning wish to discover their inner hero, the pairs are on a mission to show there is more to them than meets the eye and could very well discover wealth is not the most important thing in life. They are all accustomed to the luxury of big city life, so going back to basics and living without their usual glitzy comforts will truly be the challenge of a lifetime. Who will be the last pair left standing? The winners will not only uncover the long-lost treasure and receive the appropriate amount of glory and honour, but they’ll be also able to call themselves “True Adventurers…” of sorts.
The format was created by Banijay Productions in France, where the series has aired successfully for five seasons on W9.
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Banijay today announces four new adaptations of reality hit The Bridge, with Meter Television, Mastiff Norway, Metronome and Endemol Shine Finland producing local versions for Prime Video in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. Premiering on 4th November, The Bridge is the first Nordic reality show for the streaming service and brings the total adaptations of the Banijay format to ten countries.
The Bridge is a grand and iconic reality competition where strangers meet in a harsh-but beautiful location; using a few basic tools and their bare hands must build a 220-metre bridge to an island holding a life-changing cash prize. Once there, a vote is held to decide who gets the prize, with the chosen participant deciding whether to share it. Each local Nordic version will consist of six, 40-minute episodes, with the first three launching on the premiere date, and the remaining three airing weekly.
Karoline Spodsberg, Chief Operating Officer, Banijay Nordic says: “We know local content is extremely important to Prime Video and this collaboration has enabled production of four unique adaptations of iconic Banijay format The Bridge. Strategically this mirrors our own strong belief in a bespoke country-by-country approach to creating premium content for the four Nordic countries. Working with Prime Video has been a very positive experience for our labels Meter, Metronome, Mastiff Norway, and Endemol Shine Finland, all collaborating with dedication and passion to deliver an incredible series.”
Madelene Hansson, CEO of Meter Television says: “We’re extremely proud to have led the pan-Nordic collaboration and production of The Bridge. Set in the beautiful, but austere, Nordic wilderness, this premium series is packed with emotional reality moments as the contestants do everything possible to meet the challenge. This collaboration with Prime Video is not only the first non-scripted reality commission for the streaming service in the Nordics, but also a first for us here at Meter, and we loved sharing our expertise with colleagues in other countries as well, of course, Prime Video.”
“After the success of our global Originals like The Boys and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, we’re delighted to be bringing our Nordic customers our first local Original unscripted series, The Bridge,” said Martin Backlund, head of content, UK & Nordics, Prime Video. “We know our customers in the Nordics love reality series, so that’s why we’re bringing four local versions of The Bridge to viewers, showing our commitment to invest in Prime Video content to customers across the Nordics.”
The Bridge is an original Banijay format, created in Spain by Zeppelin, part of Banijay Iberia. The format has been adapted in ten markets and recently experienced a resurgence, with a first-series adaption in the UK in 2021, and subsequent second season this year, as well as a debut in Australia.
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Banijay today announces LEGO Masters has been picked up in two new European markets, with the format now to sold to 13 broadcasters and counting.
Spanish broadcaster Atresmedia has ordered a first series run from Banijay Iberia’s Shine Iberia, whilst TV 2 has commissioned the debut Norwegian adaptation from Mastiff Norway.
Shine Iberia has launched its casting call for the hit entertainment format which sees pairs compete against each other to create the most awe-inspiring designs, brick models and wow the judges. Production is also underway in Norway for TV 2, where its first-ever winner will be crowned by presenter and the 2010 Eurovision final host, Erik Solbakken, who will host the local production.
LEGO Masters is a firm hit globally, with these commissions following a popular first primetime season in Germany which achieved an average 14.2% market share compared to the channel’s average of 10.6%. The show also launched in the home of LEGO, Denmark, where the first five episodes of season one achieved a 40.2% share.
LEGO Masters was originally created by Tuesday’s Child Television and The LEGO Group, with Banijay serving as the exclusive format and finished tape distributor globally.
Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay comments: “There continues to be an ongoing trend for entertaining, warm and joyful viewing and this is central to the popularity of LEGO Masters. This format is a tried and tested ratings winner in major markets, delivering a broad co-viewing audience to broadcaster around the world.”
Shine Iberia produces award-winning entertainment across both Spain and Portugal. Recent credits include MasterChef, Prodigies and The Voice Portugal, which recently won Best Entertainment Programme at the Impala de Televisão 2021 Awards.
One of the largest production companies in Norway, Mastiff Norway has enjoyed great success with programmes such as The Best Singers, Paradise Hotel and Crime Scene Norway.
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TV2 today confirms Mastiff Norway, a Banijay Group company, is set to take over production on its leading breakfast show, God Morgen Norge (Good Morning Norway) following a competitive pitch.
Airing daily Monday to Friday, the show combines features, celebrity chat, music, news and weather, and has enjoyed a successful run on TV2 since 1994. Mastiff Norway will begin production on the show in the fall and is tasked with developing the format further to refresh the show and grow the audience.
“God Morgen Norge is a programme of great importance for TV 2. We will continue to focus on the programme’s further development and have therefore entered into an agreement extended for five years of production with Mastiff. Mastiff is one of Norway’s very best production companies, and we are confident that God Morgen Norge will have a good home here”, says Sarah C. J. Willand, Head of Organization and Communications, TV 2.
Jacob Houlind, CEO, Banijay Nordic comments: “God Morgen Norge has long served as a key brand in TV 2’s schedule and we are proud that Mastiff Norway will now be taking the lead in driving this show to new heights.”
“We are proud and very happy. It’s not every day you get a contract for ten seasons, and over 3000 hours of TV”, says Kathrine Haldorsen CEO Mastiff Norway. “Mastiff outmatched twelve companies in the long and extensive pitching process. The takeover of God Morgen Norge strengthen Mastiffs role as Norway’s leading production company in the factual genre. This is for sure a team victory lead by Mastiff Norway COO Jostein Olseng and the rest of the fantastic Mastiff team in Oslo!”
The deal builds on Mastiff Norway’s existing relationship with TV 2, as producers of Å Crime Scene Norge, TV2 Helps You, Health Control , Food Control, and Good Evening Norway. Elsewhere in the Banijay Nordic footprint, its sister company, Nordisk Film TV Denmark, is the lead producer on Good Morning Denmark for TV2 Denmark.