Founded by Christian Charret in 1999, Banijay Studios France (formerly Marathon/GTV) is one of the leading French drama production companies. Among its recent biggest hits: Versailles (coproduced with Canal +, Capa Drama and Incendo) internationally sold to more than 130 countries.
GTV’s credits include international co- productions Highlander, Sydney Fox and the French series Night Squad, The Counselors and Lea Parker. The company boasts a prestigious high-end primetime drama catalogue including: The Dominici Case, The Blue Bicycle and Jury Duty winner of two FIPA d’Or. Others GTV productions have also received awards at La Rochelle TV Festival such as The Queen and the Cardinal or The Dead Queen.
Recently produced: the third season of Versailles, Occupied with Yellow Bird a brand new ambitious political thriller for Arte and TV2 Norway, Blood on the Docks – a prime time cop drama series for France 2 and several prime time one offs.
Alban Etienne joined Banijay Group in 2017 as Managing Director of Banijay Studios France.
Alban Etienne started his professional career at Alya/Ellipse Programme before joining the talent agency, Adequat agency. In 2004, he joined Ramona Productions as Artistic Producer. Between 2005 and 2010, he was Program Advisor for Fiction at M6 Group before joining TF1.
In 2011, he created Ango Productions, for Lagardère Entertainment, and coproduced the shortcoms Nos Chers Voisins, Pep’s and Le Clan de Lanzac. In 2013, he is named Managing Director of Ango and Gmt Productions.