Our People 2019-07-11T13:05:25+00:00

Stéphane Courbit

Chairman

Stéphane Courbit is a French entrepreneur, Chairman of Banijay Group. He started his career as producer for Coyote. In 1994, he formed a partnership with TV producer and host Arthur to create Case Productions, later called ASP Productions. In 1998, Endemol merged with ASP Productions to form Endemol France, Stéphane Courbit was appointed CEO. In 2006, he sold his shares before leaving the group in 2007 to create LOV Group with the ambition to position LOV Group at the heart of growing markets such as audiovisual production, luxury hotels, the Internet and energy sectors. In January 2008, he created Banijay Group, in 2016 the merger between Banijay Group and Zodiak Media makes him head of one of the largest audiovisual production companies in the world.

Marco Bassetti

CEO

In the early 1980s, Marco Bassetti started working as executive producer for Mondadori's Rete Quattro, later moving to Mediaset. In 1986, he founded his own production company La Italiana Produzioni, and in 1989, he founded Aran. From 1994 to 1997, he was CEO of Pearson TV Italy. In December 1997, he founded Endemol Italy and worked as Managing Director and then President until May 2004 when stepped down in order to dedicate more time to several entrepreneurial activities in Italy and abroad. He remains a member of Endemol's International Board. In October 2007, he returned to Endemol Group as COO and in August 2009, was appointed President of the Endemol Group, then he took over the responsibility of CEO of the Group. He stepped down at Endemol in April 2012. He founded a new company, Ambra Multimedia, in November 2012. In April 2013 he joined Banijay Group as CEO.

Peter Langenberg 

COO

Based in London and Paris, Peter is the Chief Operating Officer for Banijay Group. He was appointed to the role in November 2016 and is responsible for the Group's operations in the UK, Belgium, Russia, India and the Netherlands, and for building synergies and increasing development opportunities. Prior to joining Banijay Group, Peter was VP Business Management at Warner Bros International TV Production, a role he held from 2011 to 2016. Before that he was COO for R&D Media Holding and 3 Circles Media Holding. Peter also spent ten years with Endemol, where his roles included Executive Director of Operations for Latin America and later for the entire Endemol Group. Most recently, he was Managing Director Entertainment for Endemol Nederland B.V.

Sophie Kurinckx

Group CFO

Sophie Kurinckx started her career in 2000 as an auditor for KPMG. In 2005, she joined JCDecaux as Deputy Head of Group consolidation and Group IFRS specialist. Sophie joined Banijay Group in 2010 as Head of Group Financial Controls, and in 2012 she was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer.

Nicolas Chazarain

Group Chief Legal Officer

Nicolas Chazarain is the Group Chief Legal Officer. He was appointed to this role in July 2017. Prior to joining Banijay Group, Nicolas was a M&A and corporate lawyer. As partner at De Gaulle, Fleurance & Associés until 2017, he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate law and securities law, as well as in restructuring distressed companies. Before that, Nicolas exercised at Slaughter and May in Paris and London and Bredin Prat in Paris.

Marie Schweitzer

EVP Strategy & Business Development

Marie Schweitzer is Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. She was appointed to this role in September 2016 having joined the business at launch in 2008, as co-Head of Market Research. Since then, she has held various positions in the company including Head of Creative Factory – the central unit of creation and development of formats, Content Manager and Head of Content, overseeing the development and circulation of Group formats. Prior to joining Banijay, Marie worked at Endemol France. After a couple of years in production, she was appointed Head of Market Research. Marie also lectures at Sciences Po Paris (Master in Communications) entitled « The International Market of TV Formats: Fundamentals and Challenges ».

Tim Mutimer

Head of Distribution

Tim Mutimer is Head of Distribution for Banijay Group and also serves as CEO for Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group. He is responsible for the teams in London, Paris and Copenhagen that handle sales and acquisitions for programming across all genres. Tim joined the former Zodiak Rights in 2013 from BBC Worldwide where he led and developed sales strategies for key global brands such as Top Gear and Sherlock. Prior to his tenure at the BBC, he was Director of Sales at ITV Global Entertainment, leading global content sales and international format launches for diverse programme hits such as Poirot, Prime Suspect and Come Dine With Me.

Lucas Green

Head of Content

Lucas Green joined Banijay Group in January 2018. Prior to join the group, he was Head of Development at Thames, the Fremantle UK label responsible for The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, where he helped launch new prime time entertainment formats as well as revivals of Blankety Blank and The Price is Right. At Thames he was responsible for the creation, development and pitching of all new formats, focusing on entertainment, factual entertainment, quiz, game and reality. Before joining Thames, Lucas co-founded his own successful start-up, Superhero Television. Prior to that he was Head of Development at Princess Productions.

Carlotta Rossi Spencer

Head of Format Acquisitions

Carlotta Rossi Spencer serves as Head of Format Acquisitions for Banijay Group, the world's largest independent content producer and distributor responsible for leading Unscripted brands: Temptation Island, Survivor, Wife Swap, The Secret Life of Four-Year Olds, The Legacy and Fort Boyard. Working across the Group's 16-territory footprint, Carlotta is charged with acquiring Unscripted formats with cross-country appeal for the company's 70+ entities. Overseeing the process from industry analysis to negotiation and completion, she has established strong relationships worldwide, making Banijay a top destination and go-to for content developers, distributors and brand managers alike. Additionally, she is tasked with seeking out external co-development and co-production opportunities. In leading operations in Unscripted acquisitions, Carlotta also provides high-level consultancy to the Group's production labels in the local roll-out of all formats acquired. Prior to Banijay Group, Carlotta held several roles in research and development, having begun her career in journalism and communications.