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  1. Star Academy Returns to TF1

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    Banijay today announces that its French label Endemol France will bring entertainment competition format, Star Academy, back to the country after nine years. To produce the new season of this iconic program, Endemol France has called on DMLS TV, another label within Banijay.

    Fronted by the original host Nikos Aliagas, the most famous musical academy in France will soon welcome a new class. The casting call attracted 10 000 registrants in just 48 hours, showing a very strong interest in the new season.

    Singing, dancing, acting… to become complete artists, this school of excellence will offer the passionate and talented contestants an intensive training programme surrounded by the best teachers. Every day, viewers will be able to follow the progress of the students in a daily show on TF1.

    At the end of each week, the emerging talent will showcase what they’ve learned during the primetime. It is then up to a panel of judges and the viewers to decide who stays and who goes. Living and breathing the life of a singer, will they be able to put their mentoring into practice and be the next star?

    Originally created by Endemol France, Star Academy is a primetime favourite, having sold to 19 territories including Italy and the Middle East, where 11 seasons have aired. It most recently made a return to French Canada, exceeding the channel’s slot by 45% for 18–34-year-olds. Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the show in France, with special episodes attracting an audience of over four million for French broadcaster TF1.

    Jean-Louis Blot, CEO of Endemol France says:Star Academy delivers some of the most revered music training in the industry and we can’t wait to showcase a new generation of French talent. The exciting live performances, combined with the expert training the artists will receive, make an entertaining show for all the family.”

    Mathieu Vergne, CEO of DMLS TV comments: “Producing entertainment formats is in our DNA and it is a pleasure to work alongside Endemol France to bring this hit to viewers. We’re ecstatic to have Nikos Aliagas on board and to be reinvigorating the format, following the success of the 20th anniversary last year.”

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay adds: “The Star Academy format is a proven success around the globe, showcasing new talent, reality elements and an exciting competition. With Endemol France and DMLS TV’s expertise in this genre, audiences can expect an unmissable series.”

    A go-to production company, Endemol France has brought hit formats to France including MasterChef, LEGO®Masters and Celebrity Hunted as well as new titles like Chefs to Go and Domino Challenge. Having joined Banijay France in 2021, DMLS TV is also behind well-renowned brands such as a Chanson Secrète (The Secret Song), La Chanson Challenge (The Celebrity Song Challenge) and Duos Mystères (Mystery Duets).

  2. Banijay France Acquires DMLS TV

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    Banijay France today announces the addition of DMLS TV to its footprint. A local leader in music and entertainment, the business further diversifies and strengthens the group’s offering in the region, taking it up to 11 labels.


    DMLS TV was set up some 20 years ago and continues to be led by duo Anne Marcassus and Mathieu Vergne, reporting to country CEO, François de Brugada. A go-to production business with access to the greatest French and international artists, it has been behind some of France’s most notorious brands including La Chanson Secrète (The Secret Song), La Chanson Challenge, (The Celebrity Song Challenge), La Lettre (with Carson) (Yours Sincerely) and Duos Mystères (Mystery Duets). In addition, the organisation is the volunteer executive producer of annual ratings smash charity event, Les Enfoirés, with the nation’s biggest on-screen talent.


    François de Brugada comments: “As we continue to widen our offering in France and cement our stronghold in the market, DMLS TV is the perfect addition. Aligned in our commitment to high-quality, unscripted hits, Anne and Mathieu further bolster our entertainment and music catalogue and I’ve no doubt their titles have the capacity to travel the group worldwide.”


    Anne Marcassus and Mathieu Vergne comment: “It’s great to be part of Banijay, the largest international player in the market. As part of this partnership, we are looking forward to enjoying access to the business’ extensive catalogue, to provide solutions to all our broadcast and streaming partners. This is also a wonderful opportunity for DMLS TV’s titles to travel the world, while we continue to be a home for artists and the volunteer executive producer of annual charity event, Les Enfoirés, alongside a number of other projects.”


    Alongside DMLS TV, Banijay France’s matrix of brands is now responsible for some of the territory’s most widely renowned titles including Koh Lanta (Survivor – ALP), Fort Boyard (ALP), Les Marseillais (Party Workers– Banijay Productions France), N’oubliez pas les paroles (Don’t Forget the Lyrics – Banijay Production Media), Versailles (Banijay Studios France), Les 12 coups de midi (The Legacy – Endemol France) and Touche Pas à Mon Poste (It’s Only TV – H2O Productions).