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  1. It’s Show Time! Banijay’s Drag Me Out Heads to Poland

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    Media and entertainment powerhouse, Banijay, today announces Endemol Shine Poland (part of Banijay Germany) will produce entertainment format Drag Me Out (Czas na Show. Drag Me Out) for TVN. Marking the third adaptation of the Mastiff TV Denmark-created format, the show will air in an evening prime-time slot from spring.

    The series dives into the world of drag, featuring six bold personalities from the showbiz scene, who undergo a transformative experience to discover their inner queens. Under the guidance of mentors – esteemed stars of the Polish drag scene – and  a discerning jury, contestants will compete in a series of challenges.

    Viewers witness the journey of each celebrity as they embrace the colourful and artistic world of drag queens, learning the art of makeup, costume creation, and captivating stage presence. The highlight of the competition will be the exhilarating lip sync battle, where only one pair will emerge victorious, claiming the coveted queens’ diadems.

    Lidia Kazen, Director of TVN, comments: “We are introducing a programme that opens the door to the spectacular world of drag culture. A world that is a form of art: expressive, colourful and inclusive. We want to bring the drag queen phenomenon closer to our viewers and consolidate TVN’s position as a progressive station. Behind each costume, there is a moving story, and Drag Me Out forms a key part of our spring schedule.”

    Małgorzata Perkowska-Czaja, Managing Director of Endemol Shine Polska says: “From our extensive Banijay catalogue, we always try to identify and propose  formats that will be unique and distinctive in the market. This is what Drag Me Out is;  a combination of emotional stories, amazing metamorphoses and unforgettable and, above all, brave stage performances, that we haven’t seen on TV before!”

    Endemol Shine Poland has over 20 years experience producing hit shows including local adaptations of renowned brands Don’t Forget The Lyrics, MasterChef, LEGO Masters, All Together Now, You Can Dance, New Generation, Money Drop, and Big Brother amongst others. In addition, it is behind premium scripted programming such as Our Century for TVP 1 and Squared Love for Netflix.

  2. 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.

  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.