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Banijay SAS
  • Banijay Entertainment (2008–2011)
  • Banijay Group (2011–2020)
FoundedJanuary 2008; 13 years ago (2008-01)
FounderStéphane Courbit
Area served
Key people
Stéphane Courbit (Chairman)[1]
Marco Bassetti (CEO)
Peter Langenberg (COO)
Marie Schweitzer (EVP Strategy and Business Development)
Sophie Kurinckx (Group CFO)
Nicolas Chazarain (Group Chief Legal Officer)
Anne Van Sprang (Group HR Director)

Banijay SAS (formerly Banijay Entertainment and later Banijay Group) is one of the largest international content producer and distributor with over 120 production companies across 22 territories, and a multi-genre catalogue containing over 95,000 hours of original programming. Headquartered in Paris, the company was founded in January 2008 by Stéphane Courbit.

The company has expanded over the years through multiple acquisitions, including its purchases of Zodiak Media in 2016 and Endemol Shine Group in 2020, when it adopted its current name.[2]

The group represents some of the biggest global brands including Big Brother, Survivor, Deal or No Deal, Temptation Island, MasterChef, The Money Drop and Wife Swap, and also produces scripted programming such as Wallander, Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror among others.


In 2009, Banijay acquired 51% of Spanish production company Cuarzo Producciones on 12 January,[3] 50% of German producer Brainpool TV on 2 July[4] and the entire television division of Copenhagen-based film studio Nordisk Film on 12 October.[5] In March 2010, Banijay acquired American production company Bunim/Murray Productions for an undisclosed amount.[6]

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.[7] That same year, French celebrity channel Non Stop People and Cyril Hanouna's H2O Productions became new members of the Group,[8] followed in 2013 by Italian producer Ambra Multimedia[9] and Spanish producer, DLO Producciones.[10]

In April 2014, Banijay launched Banijay Studios North America in Los Angeles, California.[11] On 9 January 2015, Banijay acquired New York City-based Stephen David Entertainment.[12]

In July 2015, Banijay Group announced that it would merge with Zodiak Media; the merger was completed in February 2016.[13][14] Vivendi also became a shareholder in 2016.[15]

In 2017, Banijay acquired BlackLight Television, Blast and Fearless Minds in the UK, launched YellowBird UK and acquired Shauna Events in France.[16] In July of that year Banijay announced it has acquired Survivor production company Castaway Television Productions.[17]

In February 2018, Banijay Group acquired Britain-based company Wonder.[18] and Neon Ink Productions in February with Banijay Studios Italy,[19] Banijay Asia[20] and Banijay Productions Germany[21] were created in June of that year. Portocabo and Terence Films also became members of the group in 2018.

In October 2018, Banijay entered advanced talks to acquire rival Endemol Shine Group,[22] with a deal approved a year later on 26 October 2019.[23]

In October 2019, Good Times and Funwood Media became part of the group and the company launched joint venture The Natural Studios alongside Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman.[24]

On 30 June 2020, the European Commission approved Banijay's purchase of Endemol Shine.[25] The purchase was completed on July 3, 2020 whereby Banijay took on its current name and upscaled from its 16 territories to 22.[26] More recently, it signed a deal with Ninteen11, a production company.[27]


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:


Assets owned by Banijay include:[28]

Region/Country Units
  • Adventure Line Productions
  • Banijay Production Media
  • Banijay Productions
  • Banijay Studios France
    • GTV Productions
  • Endemol Shine France
    • Endemol Shine Fiction
    • Endemol Shine Production
  • H2O Productions
  • Jereluc
  • KM Production
  • Marathon Studio
  • Monello Productions
  • Non Stop People
  • Shauna Events[29]
  • Talent Lab
  • Terence Films[30]
  • Banijay Productions Germany
  • Brainpool TV
  • Endemol Shine Germany
    • Endemol Shine Beyond
    • Rainer Laux Productions (joint venture with Rainer Laux)[34]
  • Good Times
  • MadeFor
  • MTS Künstler Management[32]
  • SR Management GmbH[35]
  • Endemol Shine Israel
  • Reshet (33%)
  • Hadashot 13 (10%)
  • Endemol Shine Nederland
  • NL Film & TV
    • Totem Media (joint venture with Fonk Film[40])
  • Simpel Zodiak
  • TVBV
  • Zodiak Belgium
Nordic countries
  • Banijay Finland
  • Metronome Productions A/S (Denmark)
  • Endemol Shine Finland[41]
  • Rubicon TV AS (Norway)
  • Filmlance International AB (Sweden)
  • Jarowskij (Sweden)
  • Mastiff Television (Denmark/Norway/Sweden)
  • Meter Television AB (Sweden)
  • Nordisk Film TV (Denmark/Norway)
  • Pineapple Entertainment (Denmark)
  • Respirator (Denmark)
  • Zodiak Finland
  • Banijay Nordic Mobile


Spain and Portugal
  • Cuarzo Producciones
  • Dlo/Magnolia[43]
    • Dlo Producciones
  • Endemol Portugal
  • Funwood Media[38][39]
  • Shine Iberia
  • Diagonal Television
  • Gestmusic
  • Telegenia
  • Zeppelin Television
  • Tuiwok Estudios


United Kingdom


United States
Latin America
Australia and New Zealand
  • Banijay Asia
  • Endemol Shine India
  • Sol


Other countries


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