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Banijay Entertainment (2008-2011) Banijay Group (2011-2020)
Stéphane Courbit (Chairman) Marco Bassetti (CEO) Peter Langenberg (COO) Marie Schweitzer (EVP Strategy and Business Development) Sophie Kurinckx (Group CFO) Nicolas Chazarain (Group Chief Legal Officer)
Banijay SAS (formerly Banijay Entertainment and later Banijay Group) is a French multinational production and distribution company based in Paris. The company was founded in January 2008 by Stéphane Courbit, and owns over 120 production companies in 22 countries.
In 2009, Banijay acquired 51% of Spanish production company Cuarzo Producciones on 12 January, 50% of German producer Brainpool TV on 2 July and the entire television division of Copenhagen-based film studio Nordisk Film on 12 October. In March 2010, Banijay acquired American production company Bunim/Murray Productions for an undisclosed amount.
In September 2012, Banijay acquired a majority stake in Australian production company Screentime, which included a New Zealand division (Screentime New Zealand) and a 49% stake in Irish producer Shinawil which was sold in 2015. That same year, French celebrity channel Non Stop People and Cyril Hanouna's H2O Productions became new members of the Group, followed in 2013 by Italian producer Ambra Multimedia and Spanish producer, DLO Producciones.
In July 2015, Banijay Group announced that it would merge with Zodiak Media; the merger was completed in February 2016. Since then, Banijay Group continues to grow, both internally and externally.
In July 2017, Banijay Group acquired Survivor production company Castaway Television Productions. In February 2018, Banijay Group acquired Britain-based company Wonder.
In June 2018, three new units, Banijay Studios Italy, Banijay Asia and Banijay Productions Germany, were created.
In October 2018, Banijay entered advanced talks to acquire rival Endemol Shine Group, with a deal approved a year later on 26 October 2019. On 30 June 2020, the European Commission approved Banijay's purchase of Endemol Shine. The purchase was completed on July 3, 2020. More recently, it signed a deal with Ninteen11, a production company.
Banijay has several brands of television programmes and formats aimed at different demographics. Some of its better-known programmes and formats produced by its many subsidiaries (past and present) are: