Banijay International has sold the entertainment format Comedy on the Edge to Canada. The format created by DR in Denmark has been acquired by national broadcaster CBC for English speaking Canada.
The local version, which will consist of 13 x 30’ episodes, will be produced by Frantic Films and is set to launch in early 2015.
Comedy on the Edge, a show which aims to bring back a local community’s lost sense of humour, was originally created by and aired on Denmark’s public broadcaster DR. The successful Spanish adaptation was recently renewed for a second season on TV Catalonia, and multiple seasons of a local version have also aired on TV2 Norway.
Sebastian Burkhardt, Head of Sales at Banijay International, said, “Our friends at DR have created a format which perfectly blends comedy with factual entertainment. More than anything this format is about bringing people together and connecting viewers with even the most remote places in the country using shared humour.”
Each week in Comedy on the Edge, a comedian-host heads to a small town that find themselves on the decline due to industries closing, unemployment rising and people moving away. They’re often stigmatized in the media, but the comedian will demonstrate that they are also places with proud residents, where you’ll find quirky people and unusual practices. The comic will spend several days in the town, joining in local customs, discover unique trades, see secret beautiful sights and uncover the town’s creative outlets. At the end of the visit, in front of an audience of residents, the host will deliver a stand-up routine based on everything they have seen, to celebrate the locals’ sense of humour about themselves, and give viewers a new perspective.
19.03.14Banijay International forges into finished programming, enlists Emanuelle Namiech for acquisitions push
Banijay International has today announced plans to expand its business further into finished programme distribution, building on its position as a leading force in the global formats market. To kick-start this acquisitions drive the company has enlisted the services of acquisitions expert Emmanuelle Namiech.
The move sees the company extending its relationships with producers worldwide, to build a library of English-language, finished tape programming in the non-scripted genres; particularly factual entertainment, docu-soaps and fly-on-the-wall reality.
Banijay International has begun to lay the groundwork for this expansion by securing rights to several new productions including upcoming Australian workplace reality series The Flying Miners (ABC) and Village Vets (LifeStyle) as well as Water Patrol and Pound Pups to Dog Stars, both scheduled to air on TV One New Zealand.
Banijay International recently sold Screentime’s long-running observational series Police Ten 7 (212 x 30’) to a number of broadcasters including Sky in the UK.
Namiech, former SVP Content & IP at FremantleMedia and previously Director of Acquisitions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, will work with Banijay International’s acquisitions team, Fanny Baudry in Los Angeles and Jimmy Humphrey in London, to help devise and implement both commercial and editorial aspects of the acquisitions strategy.
Karoline Spodsberg, Managing Director of Banijay International said, “Increasing our finished tape business is the natural next step for us after building our format business for four years and Emmanuelle‘s experience and extensive contacts will be invaluable as we stride into the next stage of our development. Formats and finished programme sales are complementary markets and we are determined to maintain our strength as a formats distributor as we add this new string to our bow. I’m confident that the organization we now have in place will ensure that we will move forward with a dual focus.”
Emmanuelle Namiech added, “Banijay International is an extraordinarily dynamic company and I’m delighted to work with the team at this exciting time of expansion. The size and breadth of the Banijay Group means that, as well as being able to offer the necessary funding support and market experience it also benefits from an extensive number of valued relationships with broadcasters around the world.”
16.01.14Banijay International has sold hit reality property Opposite Worlds to Canada ahead of NATPE, as Bell Media's Space picks up the format and acquires simulcast rights to the new US-produced series.Canada’s premiere multimedia company Bell Media has signed local development rights to the competitive reality series, which is based on the hit Chilean format originally broadcast on Canal 13, and sees players living in two distinctly different worlds, the Past and the Future.
In addition, it has also secured simulcast rights to the US version of Opposite Worlds which launches later this month on Syfy. The 12-episode series will air on Bell Media’s channel Space at the same time as the US broadcast, with a prerecorded episode at 10pm Tuesday and a live eviction at 10pm Wednesday.
Banijay International will showcase the Opposite Worlds format alongside the finished US series at NATPE 2014.
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With a dual focus on format and finished programming distribution, Banijay International is the owner of a wide portfolio of content rights, both those that originate within the Banijay Group as well as the very best third-party properties from leading independents around the world. Its portfolio is strong, relevant, bold and brash, spanning the categories of unscripted formats and programmes from entertainment, game shows, and reality competitions, to factual entertainment, docu-drama and lifestyle.
The company is headquartered in London with offices in both Paris and Los Angeles.