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  1. LEGO® Masters Reaches 20th Market

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    Banijay Rights today announces a milestone 20th adaptation for competition reality format LEGO Masters, with a brand-new agreement confirmed in Hungary ahead of NATPE Budapest this week.

    RTL will broadcast a first season of LEGO MasterHungary, which will see pairs compete against each other to wow judges with awesome inspiring designs and brick builds. Budapest-based UFA Magyarország has started production on the series, which will air in 2023.

     LEGO Masters is a firm hit globally, with this order following a deal for the format with TBS in Japan, a recent coproduction between TV Markiza in Slovakia and TV Nova in the Czech Republic and several multi-seasons runs in major markets including the US and Australia.

    The format has now been ordered by a total of 20 international broadcasters across Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. The format was originally created by Tuesday’s Child Television and the LEGO Group while Banijay globally distributes the format and finished tape.

     Veronique Verges, SVP, German-Speaking Territories, Poland & Hungary, Banijay Rights, who brokered the deal with RTL, said: “Securing this significant deal for LEGO Masters Hungary is an absolute privilege for us at Banijay Rights. Now adapted for 20 markets, this astonishing global format continues to provide uplifting viewing for audiences worldwide and we are in no doubt it will be a huge hit with Hungarian viewers too.”

    Peter Kolosi, Chief Content Officer of RTL Hungary, said: “LEGO Masters is a smash hit all around the world, and RTL Hungary is very proud to present it in our country as well. The show is a completely new format for our viewers, that builds on creativity, fun and excitement at the same time. LEGO is a shared experience, we have all played with it, and we are happy to bring families together and watch something which is enjoyable for everybody.”

     Jill Wilfert, Head of Global Entertainment, The LEGO Group, added: “We are so excited that families in Hungary will have an opportunity to enjoy this global phenomenon. LEGO Masters celebrates LEGO building at its very best – creative, ingenious, great teamwork and lots and lots of fun. We are looking forward to inspiring Hungarian builders of all ages.”

  2. Banijay Rights Signs Multi-Season Deal for Survivor

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, today announces a multi-season deal with RTL Hungary for its iconic Emmy Award-winning reality format, Survivor.

    The new deal in Hungary follows the success of Survivor in Russia where it won the TEFI television award, after being recently rebooted by Mastiff Russia and has already been recommissioned for another series set to air later this year. Elsewhere in CEE, Survivor will return to screens in Romania with series two landing in 2020 on Kanal D.

    Survivor returned to Hungarian audiences in 2017 after a 13-year hiatus and has continued to go from strength to strength. The deal was negotiated by Sales Manager, Simon Subreville and Andrew Sime, VP of Formats at Banijay Rights and RTL Klub.

    Produced in more than 40 territories since its launch in 2000, the Survivor franchise has proved a huge hit with audiences worldwide. These new orders add to the multiple long-running series already airing in Australia, France, Israel, Sweden, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Benelux, Netherlands and Denmark. In the USA, which regularly attracts audiences of more than 8 million viewers on CBS, a 40th series will premiere on 12th February with a special two-hour episode. To celebrate this milestone CBS will air a one-hour special, Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players, which will look back on the past 20 years of the ground-breaking series.

    Tim Mutimer, CEO of Banijay Rights, comments,Survivor is a proven ratings winner for broadcasters around the world, particularly for younger demographics. Its unpredictable twists and turns make it must see, talked about tv and enables broadcasters to stand out from other platforms. It’s fantastic to secure this multi-season deal with RTL Hungary who value the Survivor format’s ability to cut through as much as we do. “

    Péter Kolosi, Deputy CEO, Director of Programming at RTL Hungary saidSurvivor has already been an outstanding success in Hungary and is one of the most popular shows with our viewers. It also recently won the Television Journalists Award for Best Reality. The 2020 series promises even more excitement and twists, as, for the first time ever, civilian contestants will go up against celebrities for victory. New host Joe will ensure Survivor remains as tough and as challenging as it has always been.”

    Banijay Rights will be at NATPE Miami, booth 304, with Survivor Consultant Executive Producer – Julia Dick.