Rory Callaghan will join the Screentime Group as Chief Executive Officer, with Bob Campbell appointed Executive Chairman of Screentime Group, it was announced today by Marco Bassetti, Banijay Group CEO Callaghan will join Screentime, a Banijay Group company, later this year, after his term as Executive Director of Shine Australia concludes. During his time at Shine Australia, Callaghan drove its growth in non-scripted programming, as well as spearheading Shine Australia’s foray into scripted content. Rory was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Southern Star.Rory Callaghan and Bob Campbell will both report to Bassetti who commented, “As a Group we intend to significantly increase our scripted and non-scripted output and Screentime will play a big role in our plans. We are very pleased to have an executive as well-known, well-qualified and prolific as Rory to take Screentime and Banijay Group to the next level.” Bob Campbell said: “we are delighted to have someone of Rory’s experience and calibre joining Screentime as CEO. Along with the rest of the team, I look forward to working closely with him.” Rory Callaghan said: “I am excited to be joining a company with such a great heritage. Screentime presents a big opportunity to build on its track record in drama and non-fiction, and to add some new elements to the mix.” With the appointment of Callaghan set to take place later this year, Campbell will commence as Executive Chairman immediately.
Secuoya has reached a strategic agreement with Banijay International through which the Spanish group will distribute the extensive format catalogue of its new partner in Peru, a country where Secuoya has successfully operated since last year. The partnership will also see Secuoya’s Peruvian production company Imizu become Banijay International’s local production partner in Peru and the companies working together to develop new business opportunities in Latin America.
At the same time Secuoya secures and strengthens its position in Peru by taking on the distribution of one of the richest and most varied catalogues in the market, with formats ranging from game shows and entertainment, to factual, docu-realities and lifestyle programs.
Carlos Benito, Director of International Development of Secuoya commented, “We are delighted to be partnering with Banijay International in Peru. This agreement marks the first step of an ongoing collaboration which, we hope, will be followed by further joint actions in the field of audiovisual content production and distribution”.
Sebastian Burkhardt, SVP International Distribution at Banijay International added, “We are confident this new joint venture will give us a deeper relationship with local production and broadcasters in Peru. We have recently had several of our top formats produced in Peru – including Stars in Danger and Mentor - and look forward to expanding our productions in the region through Secuoya”.
Banijay International has licensed its hilarious, high-rating format It’s Only TV to MTV in Lebanon.
Originally produced by Banijay Group company H2O Productions for France’s D8, the irreverent TV-themed panel show It’s Only TV is being adapted for Lebanon by Studiovision. The 39 x one-hour series, known locally as Menna w Jerr, will make its debut to local audiences next month as a prime time weekly show.
It’s Only TV has aired in France with the local title Touche pas à mon poste since 2010, where it is one of the country’s highest-rating access primetime shows.
Sebastian Burkhardt, SVP International Distribution at Banijay International, comments, “We’re very pleased to announce this new version of It’s Only TV for MTV in Lebanon, where we’re confident the show will prove as big a hit as it already is in France. This is a highly flexible and adaptable format for local markets, hilariously capturing the current zeitgeist and showcasing each country’s most popular famous faces and comedians. It also carries a strong social media element which allows broadcasters to expand and grow audience engagement, creating real appointment TV wherever it airs.”
It’s Only TV sees a witty host put a panel of opinionated guests - TV commentators, comedians and stars - through their paces in a series of fast-paced segments that catch up on, discuss and make fun of the latest shows and news in the TV world. They’ll go over the funniest, silliest, most surprising or moving clips, answering zany quiz questions, playing infectiously fun studio games and probably embarrassing themselves more than they bargained for, while the show’s resident comedians perform parodic skits and crazy happenings take place at every turn. In It’s Only TV nothing is sacred, and anything can, and will, happen!
Banijay International has partnered with Singapore-based distribution and production agency, BomanBridge Media, to sell two reality series to Thailand's leading cable satellite operator during ATF 2014.
Season one of Pound Pups to Dog Stars (10 x 30’) and Village Vets (12 x 30’), produced by Screentime New Zealand and Screentime Australia respectively, have been acquired by TrueVisions in Thailand.
Sebastian Burkhardt, SVP International Distribution, Banijay International, said: “Our aim has been to build a library of English-language finished tape programming which complements our vast format catalogue. We are continuing to acquire programming from leading independent producers which has strong international appeal. We are very pleased that these engaging reality series, produced by Screentime, will hit screens in Asia later in 2015.”
“Bomanbridge is pleased to collaborate with Banijay to bring great family programming to Asia,” said Sonia Fleck, CEO of Bomanbridge Media. “We are sure Pound Pups to Dog Stars and Village Vets will be well received by Thai audiences and enjoy successful ratings.”
Pound Pups to Dog Stars, which originally aired on TV1 in New Zealand, is a makeover reality series with a twist, as doomed dogs get the opportunity to be stars...and find a new home. Each year, thousands of animals are dumped or abandoned in New Zealand. Many of them have suffered abuse, neglect, illness and starvation and as a result suffer from emotional and behavioural issues that mean it can be very hard to place them in a new home. Mark Vette and his team of specialised animal-behaviourists at Animals on Q, source and supply animals for performing roles. In Pound Pups to Dog Stars, Mark and his team give these destitute dogs a behavioural makeover, transforming them into well-trained and emotionally stable animals, ready for a new life, a happy home and even the chance to become stars of the screen!
Village Vets was originally broadcast on Lifestyle Channel Australia and features James and Anthony - friends since their first day of university. Now they are both vets, co-running a practice in a small rural Australian town where their patients go from the usual cats, dogs and horses to pythons, bearded dragons and alpacas. And the cast of owners, from former male strippers to hardened bush men, are just as diverse! With animals and the extraordinary practice at the heart of the series, Village Vets is also a show about the way of life in an Australian country town, the people who live there and most importantly relationships: between owners and animals, people in a small community and most of all between two great mates.
Leading UK based distributor Banijay International has appointed Emmanuelle Namiech as its new Managing Director, it was announced today by Banijay Group CEO Marco Bassetti. Namiech, who has for the last six months has spearheaded the company’s content acquisitions drive, will take up the post immediately.
As Managing Director, Namiech will build on Banijay International’s position as a leading force in the global formats market and deliver strength and experience in finished programming acquisitions and sales, in line with the distributor’s strategic goal to grow its library of English-language content.
Recent acquisitions of note include those with Pop TV (formerly TVGN), covering brand new titles like The Sorrentinos (9x30’) and Rock This Boat (9x30’) and shows such as Horse Town (6x60’), from ThumbsUp Productions for US channel Ride TV, and I Am Innocent, from producer Screentime New Zealand for TVNZ.
With overall responsibility for the sales and acquisitions teams in Banijay International’s London and Los Angeles offices, Namiech will take over from previous Managing Director Karoline Spodsberg who was promoted to her new role as Banijay Group’s COO Nordics which she will take up after MIPCOM 2014.
Namiech’s career in international television sales and acquisitions spans nearly 20 years. Previous roles include SVP Content Acquisitions & Development at FremantleMedia and Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Marco Bassetti said, "We are extremely pleased to welcome Emmanuelle as our new Managing Director and to give our clients a seamless handover as Karoline takes up her new position within the Group. Emmanuelle's vast experience and strong industry knowledge will be invaluable to us as we take our business to the next stage of growth.”
Emmanuelle Namiech added, "Banijay International is a young, growing company which has come a long way in a very short period of five years. There is still huge untapped potential and I am very excited to lead the team and to further build on the solid foundations of this incredibly dynamic, independent company.”
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