Banijay International has secured rights to the latest ITV travelogue, the much-anticipated Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America by 7 Wonder. Produced by the London-based independent production company 7 Wonder, Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America will debut on ITV next year. Banijay International will handle worldwide distribution rights to the 3 x 60’ series, which takes viewers on an epic journey putting globally renowned comedian Billy Connolly in the company of three things he loves dearly – trains, America and his banjo. Travelling across the 28 states that make up the borders and coastlines of the US – a total of 8,000 miles across America’s Amtrak rail network – Billy will journey through an incredible landscape full of moonshine, magic and romance. Along the way he will encounter an authentic America rich in history, and colourful characters with curious, hilarious, inspiring and heart-warming stories, all set to a tantalizing all-American soundtrack. Jimmy Humphrey, VP Sales & Acquisitions at Banijay International, commented, “Tracks Across America offers viewers a spectacular explorative journey across the length and breadth of America, all in the company of a host who is incredibly passionate about the country he now calls home. Billy Connolly is very popular around the world, as proven by the international success of his two previous travelogues for ITV, and we’re looking forward to showcasing this fantastic new series to our clients as part of our continued strategy to expand our catalogue of world-class finished content.” Two further new series also join the Banijay International portfolio. Hatch, Match and Dispatch is an 8 x 30’ series set in The Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages and The Public Trustees, an institution where landmark events unfold every day. Produced by Fredbird CDK for ABC Australia, Hatch, Match and Dispatch follows people from all walks of life as they share their laughter, tears and celebrations alongside a colourful cast of public officers. Killer on the Line, an 8 x 60’ series for Crime & Investigation in the UK from Thumbs Up Productions, re-examines true crimes that share one unusual theme – the killers made the emergency call themselves. With access to police interviews as well as the call itself, each gripping story blends real footage with dramatized reconstructions to examine the horrifying cases of murders that were callously planned and premeditated from the very first call, with the killer hiding in plain sight.
Rising international star Lucy Fry takes on lead role, John Jarratt returns as iconic villain Mick Taylor. Streaming service Stan today announced the commission of its next Stan Original series: Wolf Creek, which goes into production today. Ten years since the release of the hugely successful feature film Wolf Creek, creator Greg McLean and star John Jarratt return to give audiences a new take on the legend of Mick Taylor. Wolf Creek, a six-part drama series, is a psychological thriller set in the world that fans of the films will recognise – but this time things are different. At first the pattern is familiar: Mick Taylor targets an American tourist family to terrorise and destroy. But the tables are turned when 19-year-old Eve survives the massacre and starts to rebuild her shattered existence by embarking on a mission of revenge. Australian Lucy Fry, known to international audiences for Vampire Academy and Mako: Island of Secrets, will star in the lead role of Eve. Currently based in Los Angeles, Fry will be seen in a string of US film and TV roles next year, including the highly anticipated TV adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63 alongside James Franco and the thriller 6 Miranda Drive directed by Greg McLean. She also stars in the upcoming Australian feature film Now Add Honey with Portia De Rossi. John Jarratt (Wolf Creek 1 & 2, The Last Outlaw, Picnic at Hanging Rock) will reprise his role as Mick Taylor, alongside an outstanding cast including Dustin Clare (Strike Back, Anzac Girls, Spartacus: War of the Damned), Deborah Mailman (Offspring, Redfern Now, The Sapphires), Miranda Tapsell (Love Child, Redfern Now, The Sapphires), Jessica Tovey (Wonderland, Dance Academy, Home & Away), Jake Ryan (Wentworth, Fat Tony & Co, Underbelly: Razor) and Richard Cawthorne (Catching Milat, Fat Tony & Co., Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms). Nick Forward, Stan’s Content and Product Director, said: “Wolf Creek is a truly world-class production featuring international-calibre talent and helmed by two of Australia’s finest directors, Greg McLean and Tony Tilse. We can’t wait to bring this new Stan Original series exclusively to our subscribers next year.” Creator and Executive Producer, Greg McLean, said: “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Stan and the Screentime team to bring Wolf Creek to audiences around the world. I’m excited to work with such a talented group of individuals and delve deeper into the dangerous world and character of Mick Taylor, once again portrayed by John Jarratt.” Wolf Creek is a Screentime (a Banijay Group company) production in association with Emu Creek Pictures, financed with the assistance of Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation. International sales are being handled by Banijay International. Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard are the writers on the series, which is directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean, and produced by Peter Gawler and Elisa Argenzio. The executive producers are Greg Haddrick and Greg McLean with Jo Rooney, Andy Ryan, Nick Forward and Rob Gibson. Emmanuelle Namiech, Managing Director, Banijay International, said: “Wolf Creek is a unique event-scripted series with high-quality talent in front of and behind the camera. We are proud to launch our drama strategy with this successful franchise.” Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia, added: “This is an incredibly exciting time to be in TV and we commend Stan for committing to such a high production value, completely Australian-made series. Screen Australia support underpins 50 per cent of all narrative Australian TV content and we are delighted that Wolf Creek represents our first made-for-streaming commercial commission. Wolf Creek is a must-see for 2016.” The series will be shot in South Australia, featuring striking Outback landscapes. South Australian Minister for the Arts, Mr Jack Snelling, said: “We are delighted to again secure the local production for Wolf Creek. South Australia has outstanding locations, talented cast and crew, and a government committed to supporting local production and creating jobs in the screen production industry.” The 6 x 1-hour series will premiere exclusively on Stan in mid-2016, with all episodes made available at once, making Wolf Creek a binge-watch TV event that will thrill viewers in Australia and around the world.
01.10.15Banijay International debuts diverse Factual Entertainment and Entertainment formats slate at MIPCOM
Banijay International will launch a wide range of new entertainment and factual entertainment formats and programming at MIPCOM in Cannes next week.
Making its market debut is the ground-breaking new investigation series The Injustice Files, from US cable network FUSION, a 10 x 1 hour series that takes viewers behind the headlines to boldly reveal the true stories of people who are fighting for justice. From unarmed kids killed by police to innocent men in jail for crimes they didn’t commit, the series, which is hosted by award-winning reporter Mariana van Zeller (Breaking Borders), takes an unflinching look at the stories of America’s failure to live up to the promise of “justice for all”. The Injustice Files is an in-house FUSION production led by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Keith Summa, former Head of CBS News’ Investigative Unit and former producer at ABC News.
Produced by Thirsty Tiger Television for US cable net Myx TV, The Doll Life (18 x 30’) is a docuseries centered around US designer Cyril Lumboy’s Dolly Fashion Line, Dolldelight. The series follows Cyril, her assistant Steven, manager Paula and three House Dolls: Head Model, Stephanie, and new Models Ashphord and Audra. The culturally diverse group of young women navigate the world of Japanese Pop Culture conventions, putting on their breathtaking fashion shows while the behind-the-scenes drama never stops. In spite of the ups and downs, the tears and laughter, the series’ overall message is about love, acceptance and female empowerment all while unusually dressed as Victorian dolls.
Sing It On (8 x 60’) offers viewers a real-life look at the hard work, talent and strategy required to succeed on the competitive a cappella circuit. Recently airing on Pop in the US, the documentary-style reality series Sing It On is executive produced by Academy Award- and Grammy-winning artist John Legend, and follows singing groups around the country as they juggle academics, rehearsals and relationships while vying for a spot at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.
Phone Shop Idol (6 x 30’) is a character-driven observational documentary series from BBC Productions, following the ups and downs of Britain’s mobile phone sales force as they battle it out in ‘Shop Idol’, a prestigious annual competition to find the best mobile phone salesperson in the country. Due to air in the UK on BBC Two later this year, the series features contenders drawn from all walks of life and economic backgrounds, including chancers from the city, tech geeks, single mums, career girls, family men and young bucks with their eyes on megabucks.
Produced by the multiple-award winning team at Bunim Murray for US channel Oxygen, Fix My Mom (8 x 60’) sees five dynamic mother-daughter pairs reaching the end of their tether. It’s time to take drastic measures to salvage their bond, which is why the daughters have signed them up for an intensive program to save their relationship or sever it forever. Told mostly from the daughter’s point of view, each pair put everything on hold for four weeks to join other Mother and Daughter Teams (MDTs) and a life coach to hash out their issues, as real lives and relationships are put on the line.
Produced by Thinkfactory Media, reality series Queens of Drama (10 x 30’) features a group of former daytime and primetime television actresses working together in front of and behind the cameras as they develop, pitch, and produce a steamy new series hoping to land a pilot deal by the end of the season. The all-star cast is made up of Lindsay Hartley (Days of Our Lives), Crystal Hunt (Guiding Light), Vanessa Marcil (General Hospital), Chrystee Pharris (General Hospital) and Hunter Tylo (The Bold and The Beautiful), with special appearances by Donna Mills (Knots Landing).
The critically acclaimed dramatised feature from Screentime The Monster of Mangatiti tells the unimaginable true story of Heather Walsh, who, as a teenager, was held prisoner by a seasoned predator on a remote farm in the mid-1980s. This is a ‘first person’ account of the ordeal she went through after arriving on Bill Cornelius’ isolated property to tutor his young son. What initially seemed to be a wilderness paradise quickly turned into a vast prison where she was trapped by the isolation. Here she endured months of sexual, psychological and physical abuse and degradation. So entrenched was the psychological manipulation that when Heather had her first opportunity to escape she was too frightened to take it. But eventually she found her courage and fortitude, and once Heather started fighting back she never stopped.
Each episode of the new shiny floor entertainment format May The Best Host Win sees the mischievous host inviting one of his celebrity friends to join him in a new kind of competition: a host-off! The duo are challenged to a series of funny feats, either performed by them or by talent they have hand-picked to join them on stage - from car stunts, singing and dancing to crazy lab experiments and circus acts - in this entertainment fest absolutely anything goes! The studio audience awards points to the host who has thrilled them the most and the highest scorer across all of the challenges wins. But victory is even sweeter as the winner gets to set their losing friend the ultimate scary feat to perform, as penance for his shortcomings!
Smart and fun new format Pop Show, created by Air Productions for France 2, sees two teams of celebrities come together to compete in a variety of hilarious games dealing with everything and anything musical. The celebrities are tested in many ways, from quiz questions to blind tests and goofy miming to singing challenges. Will they be good enough to spot the fake lyrics and sing the correct ones in a karaoke challenge? Or can they recognize a song being mimed to them? Both teams must compete fiercely for the honour of giving a big cash award to the night’s selected charity. And the best contestant from the winning team will go solo in a final music challenge, with the chance to double the winnings for the charity.
Also from Air Productions comes Let’s All Play with Memory, the new primetime interactive event format which made its broadcast debut on France 2 earlier this year, achieving an impressive audience share 34% above the channel average. Let’s All Play with Memory is a family entertainment quiz show that engages an entire country to test their memory. This entertaining and educational studio-based format blends fun tests with fascinating insight into how our memory works. Celebrities are welcomed on set to test their memory while viewers at home play along. Each quiz explores a different aspect of memory, with a doctor on hand to explain the science behind it. There’s no general or specific knowledge needed – anyone can play – and with an interactive app, viewers can evaluate their own memory, compare it to others and get tips on how to train it, creating an event format that gets the whole country involved!
With the ongoing economic crisis, societies around the globe are facing trying times, yet, every day, entrepreneurs forge ahead to contribute to changing our world. Game Changers (aka El Mashrou3) is a new business competition with a mission, as fourteen young entrepreneurs vie to win the seed money to enable them to launch their brand new business venture. They must prove their worth and the potential of their projects to the show’s judging panel, comprised of real-life business leaders and investors. Facing a series of challenges testing their business acumen, stamina, creativity, management skills and versatility, these trials help the contestants grow as entrepreneurs, offering them an incubator to develop and fine-tune their start-up projects. Only the strongest contenders will make it to the ultimate phase, where it’s their business projects alone that will make the difference.
Following their recent collaborative partnership agreement, Banijay International will also bring three brand new formats from leading French production company La Grosse Equipe to Cannes.
If you thought pensioners were past their prime, think again… Age of Rock is a reality series which brings together a wild bunch of retirees aged 60 to 80 years old who all share one passion: rock ’n’ roll! These die-hard rockers and electric guitar slingers have been hand-picked to take on a massive challenge: prepare a unique rock-choir and perform on stage in front of thousands at one of Las Vegas’s biggest venues. Our senior citizens head to the US, the home of rock ‘n’ roll, to prepare with the help of top-notch industry professionals - but what they don’t know is that they will not be alone in this adventure - they will have to share the house, and the stage, with a crew of eight pumped-up dancers, young enough to be their grandkids! To put on a trail-blazing show, this diverse crew will have to learn to harness their passions and turn their differences into strengths!
Who Can Beat Them?, also from La Grosse Equipe, is the entertainment format which gives viewers the opportunity to beat a supposedly unbeatable panel. They are journalists, comedians, TV-hosts, actors, sportsmen and, together, they represent all generations and all kinds of knowledge… They should know everything. It’s up to the audience to send their questions in online, with the chance to quiz the panel and win cash. Any question is possible - from the classics to history, science to sports, and trivia to pop culture. Every viewer who beats the panel with their question wins a cash prize, but if the gang give the right answer, the money goes into a rolling jackpot, which viewers get the chance to win at the end of each show.
Imagine the usual VIP holiday - private jet, trendy location, extravagant villa and fantastic activities, a luxurious destination where every need is catered for. In brand new format Celebrity Holiday Camp, from La Grosse Equipe, a group of stars have been invited to enjoy this five-star holiday experience, but, on arrival, they soon discover that this paradise comes at a price, because they will have to work for it! Our spoiled celebrities will become the staff of a real holiday club with more than 500 paying guests. From minding the pool to preparing the food and from putting on a show to cleaning the toilets, they will be on very active duty, supervised and judged by a trio of no-nonsense elderly women, who take work ethics very seriously. Every week the worst celebrity reps will be sent packing, with new stars arriving to replace them – and in this resort, new arrivals mean new adventures!
Buying a house is a truly life changing decision, so we all want to be 100% sure. Real estate factual entertainment format Try My House gives buyers a unique opportunity to live in houses listed for sale and test them out before they decide. Spending 24 hours in each home, they will discover the realities of the local neighbourhood and find out all about the house’s assets and its defects. They could find out that it is the house of their dreams, or discover it is quite the opposite. After their various “sleep-overs” the family gather the sellers to tell them if they want to make an offer… Easily scalable - as a daily stripped or standalone show, half hour or commercial hour – Try My House adds spice to the real estate genre and a huge dose of reality to property purchasing.
Nowadays, with the global craze for real estate, everyone thinks they’re an expert - Property Price Tag taps into this obsession, by turning the craze into a fun game show that viewers can play along with at home, as two real estate aficionados are pitted against a licensed Realtor. In each episode the contestants will visit three very different properties listed for sale and try to guess their price, for the chance to win a hefty cash prize. For once it’s not about buying or selling – it’s just about guessing which price is right.
One in three teen marriages ends in divorce by age 25. These couples, who fell madly in love as teens, are struggling to live happily ever after as adults. Have they grown into different people, was it too much, too young or have they just forgotten the value of what they have? Originally produced by Bunim Murray, each episode of Save My Teen Marriage will feature two couples, who, helped by marriage counsellors, embark on an intense experiment to try to salvage their relationship and start afresh. This is an emotional and life-changing format and the experience will see some rekindling the flame of their teen romance, but for some their decision will be to walk away, as they turn the page on their first big love story and move on.
In a suspenseful new factual format from Nordisk TV Film, Wanted features a surveillance expert and former police detective embarking on a worldwide hunt for criminals wanted by Interpol. In each episode he’ll go after one of the names on Interpol’s list, conducting extensive research to find leads on the whereabouts of people who have fled the country to avoid facing criminal charges. He must draw upon all his experience as a police officer, seeking help from fellow countrymen living abroad and utilizing his local connections and informants. His goal is to do what no police authority has managed: to track down and encourage the criminals to face their responsibilities. His investigations will take him on eventful and diverse journeys as he navigates false leads and dramatic twists – but what will happen when he finally comes face-to-face with the person he seeks?
29.09.15Banijay International hits the right note with sales of Sing It On and other original series from its output deal with U.S. cable network Pop
Banijay International has signed a raft of deals with broadcasters for the diverse programming made available through its recent international distribution output deal with fan-fueled cable network Pop in the U.S.
Set in the fiercely competitive world of collegiate a cappella, Sing It On, the 8 x 60’ docu-reality series has been snapped up by a host of international broadcasters following its debut on Pop. The series is executive produced by award-winning singer songwriter John Legend, together with his partners at Get Lifted Film Co, and Core Media Group. Sing It On, which is available for the first time at MIPCOM, has already been signed by Foxtel for Australia, Nelonen for Finland and Phoenix for Hong Kong, China and Macau, as well as to an extensive multi-national SVOD platform for Canada, UK, Eire, Australia and New Zealand and has a second window in the U.S.
Starring the multi-platinum selling band New Kids on the Block, Rock This Boat has been acquired for SVOD in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland Australia and New Zealand; and by Foxtel for Australia and as part of a package of Pop titles including Count It Down, Where Are They Now and The Story Behind by SIC for Portugal. Produced by Donnie Wahlberg and Jarrett Creative Group, Rock This Boat, a 9 x 30’ series, sees die-hard fans of New Kids on the Block take the vacation of a lifetime when they board a cruise for a week-long party on the high seas with their idols.
Celebrity friends gather for girl talk and Hollywood dish in Pop’s Hollywood Girls Night. The 6 x 60’ entertainment reality series has been picked up by ABS-CBN for the Philippines and by SBS for Denmark along with a package that also includes other Pop titles such as Count It Down, Iconic TV Looks, The Story Behind, 100 Hollywood Crimes, Where Are They Now, 100 Shows To See Before You Die and Sex On TV.
Emmanuelle Namiech, Managing Director at Banijay International, commented, “Our partnership with Pop means that we have a broad range of contemporary and successful entertainment and factual entertainment series flowing into our growing programming line-up. Many of these shows have maximum international appeal and we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring Pop’s titles to global audiences via linear and popular SVOD platforms.”
Banijay International will launch a further brand new title from Pop at MIPCOM Queens of Drama - a reality series about a group of former daytime and primetime television actresses working together in front of and behind the cameras as they develop, pitch, and produce a steamy new series hoping to land a pilot deal by the end of the season. The all-star cast is made up of Lindsay Hartley (All My Children, Days of Our Lives), Crystal Hunt (Guiding Light, One Life to Live), Vanessa Marcil (Las Vegas, General Hospital), Chrystee Pharris (Passions, General Hospital) and Hunter Tylo (The Bold and The Beautiful) with special appearances by Donna Mills (Knots Landing, Melrose Place). Queens of Drama is produced by Think Factory Media, with Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, Aaron Fishman, Tim Laurie, and Leslie Greif, serving as Executive Producers.
Banijay International has picked up worldwide (excluding US) distribution rights for the ground-breaking new investigation series The Injustice Files, from US cable network FUSION.
Set to make its international debut at MIPCOM in October, The Injustice Files is a 10 x 1 hour series that takes viewers behind the headlines to boldly reveal the true stories of people who are fighting for justice. From unarmed kids killed by police to innocent men in jail for crimes they didn’t commit, the series, which is hosted by award-winning reporter Mariana van Zeller (Breaking Borders), takes an unflinching look at the stories of America’s failure to live up to the promise of “justice for all”.
The Injustice Files is an in-house FUSION production led by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Keith Summa, former Head of CBS News’ Investigative Unit and former producer at ABC News.
"Young people today are deeply engaged in stories that involve social justice. FUSION's in-depth look at how we treat, and sometimes mistreat, each other provokes important conversations around issues that are important to a young, diverse audience,” said Keith Summa, Executive Producer of FUSION Investigates.
The deal was brokered by Fanny Baudry, VP Global Acquisitions Formats & Programmes at Banijay International, and Jonathan Stern, VP and Head of Business Development at FUSION.
Fanny Baudry added, “We’re delighted to secure distribution to such a landmark documentary series from FUSION. The Injustice Files is a fascinating, in-depth look at real-life stories that have grabbed the world’s attention, and sits perfectly within our portfolio of high quality factual entertainment, docu-soaps and fly-on-the-wall reality programming.”
The Injustice Files joins Banijay International’s growing catalogue of hard-hitting factual and factual entertainment shows, such as I am Innocent, Police Ten 7, Outback ER and Descent from Disaster.
From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to the corridors of power in Washington, DC, The Injustice Files takes us behind the headlines to boldly reveal the true stories of the men, women and children who are fighting for justice every day. We hear the heart wrenching stories of men who spent years behind bars, for crimes they didn’t commit, and meet families mourning the deaths of their children at the hands of police. We expose the secret military system denying justice to soldiers who risked their lives on the battlefield and go inside the underground brothels of New York City, where sex slaves are bought and sold. The Injustice Files exposes how one American ideal remains elusive for far too many.
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Catalogues Fall/Winter 2015