Tag Archive: Nordisk Banijay

  1. Which Norwegian Comedian Will Identify the Fibbers in Banijay’s Are You For Real?

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    Media and entertainment powerhouse, Banijay today announces that Are You For Real? (Skinnet Bedrar?) is heading to Norway. Nordisk Banijay will produce 12 episodes of this gameshow for TV Norge. This format was developed by Endemol Shine Boomdog, Endemol Shine Italy and TelevisaUnivision.

    Norwegian presenter and journalist Ronny Brede Aase will host the show where a rotating panel of comedians try to identify the liars from the rest. In this unpredictable gameshow, three people take to the stage with a supposed talent, job, or characteristic. However, only one of them is being honest. The famous comedians must rely on their intuition, tasks, and questions to figure out who are the masters of deception. The stakes are high as an audience member sitting in the winning comedians section then has the chance to walk away with a great prize.

    Adapted in four territories including Mexico where Are You For Real? was the number one non-scripted show across all key demos and has recently finished its second series on Canal 5. Last year it also launched in Peru and Sweden where it consistently won the slot for the 20-49 demographic.

    Erlend Hernø Røeggen, CEO Nordisk Banijay says: “Whether you’re on the celebrity panel, in the audience, or watching at home, everyone can play along and see how well they can read people… With a line-up of comedians ready to get stuck in the audience can expect a high-energy show and hilarious probing.”

    Lucas Green, Chief Content Officer, Operations at Banijay says: “Audiences are looking for those upbeat, joyful shows, and this format meets this demand while adding a gamified twist on the talent show genre. Developed by EndemolShine Boomdog, Endemol Shine Italy and Televisa, Are You For Real? showcases the strength of collaboration and it’s great to see it build on its success in Mexico, Sweden, and Peru with this new Norwegian 12 episode commission.”

    With Are You For Real?, Nordisk Banijay continues to build on its impressive slate which includes hit shows such as 71 Degrees North now on its 15th series, All Against 1, Born Winners and Portrait Artist of the Year Norway to name a few.

  2. Banijay Paints Nordic Deals with NRK and DR for Portrait Artist of the Year

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    Banijay Nordic today confirms two deals for factual entertainment format, Portrait Artist of the Year. In Norway, Nordisk Banijay is producing a first season for NRK, and in Denmark, Mastiff Denmark will bring the show back to DR1 after a year-long hiatus.

    Created in the UK by Storyvault and represented internationally by Banijay, Portrait Artist of the Year gives gifted painters a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paint a star from an illustrious cast of celebrity sitters. Spanning A-List icons, acclaimed authors, elite sportspeople and hit musicians, how will the artists react to the famous face in front of their easel?

    The format is set to debut on Norway’s NRK, with six episodes recorded in museums across the country. Meanwhile, production for a 6 x 60 episode run is underway in Denmark for DR1. The news comes as Sky Arts in the UK prepares to celebrate the artistic brilliance of the format with its 10th anniversary, including a special Portrait Artist of the Decade episode, with the winner of each series returning to paint Dame Judi Dench. The main series has an array of celebrated sitters, with the winner receiving a £10,000 commission to create a portrait of world-renowned conservationist and ethologist Dr Jane Goodall DBE, (Founder, Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace), to be exhibited at the UK’s National Portrait Gallery in December. In the UK, the series has grown its audience in every one of the nine transmitted series to date.

    Lucas Green, Chief Content Officer, Operations, Banijay says: “Storyvault has created a masterpiece format with Portrait Artist of the Year and it’s brilliant to partner on the international roll-out. These latest deals from Nordisk Banijay for NRK, and Mastiff Denmark for DR1; along with the 10th anniversary celebration in the UK, are testament to how adaptable, joyful, and accessible this show is. These values perfectly align with what many broadcasters are looking for right now.”

    Sam Richards, Co-founder, Storyvault, says: “Since its launch Portrait Artist of the Year has been responsible for shining a light on over 800 emerging artists internationally, many of whom have gone on to much wider success.  We are thrilled that both Norway and Denmark will have the opportunity to become part of the format’s legacy.”

    Oslo-based Nordisk Banijay, headed up by Erlend Røeggen, is behind a range of reality, entertainment, and factual hits, including 71 Degrees North and All Against 1. Meanwhile, with Kristian Farcin-Leth at the helm, Mastiff Denmark produces local versions of global formats like Starstruck and Good Luck Guys, and creates new IP such as Drag Me Out.

    The UK version of Portrait Artist of the Year is produced by Storyvault Films, with Series Editor Nelda Sale and Series Director is Southan Morris. The Series Director of Production is David Buckley.  Executive Producers are Danielle Graham, Samantha Richards and Stuart Prebble.

  3. Banijay’s MasterChef Cooks Up Brand-New Iteration MasterChef: Young Talent

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    Banijay today announces that Viaplay Group has ordered first seasons of MasterChef: Young Talent in Denmark (MasterChef, De Unge Talenter) and Norway (MasterChef, Unge Talenter), produced by Banijay companies Metronome (Denmark) and Nordisk Banijay (Norway).

    The new iteration of the hit culinary format showcases promising chefs aged 13 – 18, who will have their culinary skills honed throughout the competition in a celebration of talent and regional gastronomic excellence. Each week under the eye of expert judges, the contestants will be faced with several tasks, and must produce exceptional food. The series culminates in one chef being crowned the MasterChef: Young Talent winner.

    This follows the news that Viaplay are bringing Celebrity MasterChef to the Netherlands for the first time this autumn, produced by SimpelZodiak, a Banijay Benelux company.

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay: “This exciting spin-off will showcase a new demographic of talent and equip a future generation of chefs with the best tools and experiences. It is the perfect example of MasterChef’s constant evolution as a format, and with Metronome and Nordisk Banijay building on their successful credits, audiences are set for some fantastic new MasterChef moments.”


    Kenneth Kristensen, SVP Non Scripted Content at Viaplay Group says: MasterChef is an incredibly popular format for both young and old, and we are very proud to have the format on Viaplay. We were convinced that there are also many talented young people who can impress and surprise in the kitchen, and this assumption has been more than true. We are looking forward to showing our viewers MasterChef: Young Talent on Viaplay as the young talented chefs have excelled beyond all expectations. It’s always exciting to develop current formats, and here’s a super great example of a completely obvious spinoff.”

    MasterChef: Young Talent is the latest spin-off from the world’s most successful cookery television format which also includes Celebrity MasterChef, MasterChef: The Professionals, Junior MasterChef, MasterChef All Stars, MasterChef Senior and the recently announced Young MasterChef (w/t) with BBC Three in the UK, which will be dedicated to up-and-coming young food talent between the ages of 18 and 25. Created by Franc Roddam, the show is produced in over 60 territories and celebrated its 500th series globally in 2021, with 49 productions airing in 33 territories last year. An international ratings hit, the current season of MasterChef in Denmark has seen strong ratings, with its debut exceeding the slot average by 110%+. Elsewhere, the recent finale of Argentina’s first ever Celebrity MasterChef peaked at an incredible 82.3% audience share.

    Nordisk Banijay, led by Erlend Hernø Røeggen, is well-known for producing top entertainment shows in the market. MasterChef: Young Talent will sit alongside 71 Degrees North, All Against 1 and Strictly Come Dancingin its slate.

    Headed up by Tina Christensen, Metronome boasts a strong portfolio producing both internationally known formats such as, LEGO® Masters, Hunted, The Block, Ex on the Beach and All Against 1. As well as creating its hit own IP such as Alone Together and Surviving the Wilderness.