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  1. Banijay Rights rekindles MasterChef South Africa

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    Banijay Rights today confirms the return of global cookery hit, MasterChef, to M-Net in South Africa following a seven-year hiatus.

     

    Produced by Homebrew Films, MasterChef South Africa has started casting for a new season that will launch on M-Net in February 2022, having last aired on the channel in 2015.

     

    MasterChef South Africa returns to inspire and shape the next generation of food stars. Season four will be filmed at the foot of Table Mountain, in a dynamic new location that celebrates both the heritage and the most innovative of South Africa’s diverse culinary offering. Here, 20 amateur cooks will be pushed beyond the boundaries of their skill set in a transformative journey, encouraged and guided by three accomplished judges and guest chefs that have all left their mark on the culinary landscape of this unique country at the tip of the African continent.

     

    Robin Pollok, VP Sales, Africa, Middle East, Greece & Israel, Banijay Rights, said: “It will be seven years off air by the time MasterChef South Africa season four airs next February, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with M-Net and Homebrew Films to bring this global phenomenon back to South African audiences. This is yet another example of the ever-lasting appeal of the MasterChef format that continues to deliver creativity and culinary excellence to viewers worldwide.”

     

    Jan du Plessis, Director of M-Net Channels, said: Within the current landscape of the COVID-19 virus, we wanted to give our audience something familiar and comforting that felt like home. MasterChef SA was the perfect choice as both the local and International versions have proven that the format is a firm favourite with our viewers. It’s heart-warming and welcoming content.”

     

    MasterChef is the world’s most successful cookery television format, produced across 64 markets. The life-changing show has broadcast more than 10,000 episodes to-date and recently aired its milestone 500th season globally since its reboot in 2005. Created by Franc Roddam, the show is a super brand known and enjoyed around the world.

    The MasterChef format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay Rights.

    The recommission of MasterChef South Africa comes off the back of another cookery re-boot, with My Kitchen Rules South Africa returning for a third season in September 2021 after three years off air.

  2. Banijay Rights sets new EMEA sales structure

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    Banijay Rights today confirms its new sales structure in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

     

    The revised team follows the recent promotion of Claire Jago to EVP, EMEA Sales and Sales and Acquisitions – a role that sees her take responsibly for all Banijay Rights sales activity in the region, representing its 100,000+hour-strong catalogue.

     

    Elliott Chalkley assumes Jago’s previous role of SVP Nordics, while Marion Vergnaud has been promoted to SVP Italy Iberia & Malta – Chalkley’s former position that now comprises the additional territory of Malta.

     

    Vergnaud’s previous role of VP Greece, Turkey & Baltics has been divided among three sales executives, who all take on new territories in addition to their current responsibilities. Veronique Verges is confirmed as SVP German Territories, Poland, Hungary & Romania while Robin Pollok is VP Middle East, Africa, Israel, Greece & Cyprus and Moscow-based Alexander Rubanov is VP Russia, CIS, Ukraine, Baltics & Turkey.

     

    The remainder of the EMEA sales business will continue to be covered by Chris Stewart (SVP UK & Ireland), Alex Le Merle (SVP Benelux), Isabelle Queme (SVP French-Speaking EMEA) and Samia Moktar (VP CEE & Airlines).

     

    Meanwhile, Andrew Dickens joins Banijay Rights as VP, Press, and will take responsibility for the division’s press strategy. Dickens joins from TV industry PR consultancy Boom! PR, where he was Account Director. He previously held Senior Press Officer roles at the UK Government and prior to this, was Chief Reporter at TV industry publication C21 Media.

     

    Spearheaded by CEO Cathy Payne, Banijay Rights commands a catalogue of more than 100,000 hours, comprising some of the biggest brands on the planet, such as Survivor, MasterChef, Temptation Island, Mr Bean and Grantchester.