Company InfoLeading global distributor Banijay Rights represents a world-class, multi-genre portfolio of 172,000 hours of standout programming. Handling the distribution for media and entertainment powerhouse Banijay, the division specializes in the exploitation of premium scripted and non-scripted brands to broadcasters worldwide. Representing quality, excellence and experience in the business of linear and non-linear television and ancillary activity across all platforms, Banijay Rights’ catalog encompasses a host of top titles from Banijay’s 130-plus in-house labels and a number of third-party producers, spanning… Read more
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Rashmi BajpaiEVP, Asia
Pertash KoulVP, Sales
Matt CreaseyEVP, Sales, Acquisitions & Co-Productions (World excl. EMEA)
Claire JagoEVP, Sales & Acquisitions, EMEA
Banijay Rights’ Simon Cox Details Slate & Strategy
The last year has been a vibrant one for Banijay Rights. “It’s a great time for us,” says Simon Cox, executive VP of content and acquisitions. “We have a significant-sized catalog, and it’s been growing. It’s not just about the size of it; it’s very much about the breadth, too. It’s very diverse across genres, languages and locations of origin, and we’re proud of what we can offer to buyers.”
In terms of gains, the company has been expanding in the documentary and factual space. “That’s been a really important area for us over the course of 2023,” Cox says. “The addition of the Beyond Rights catalog earlier this year helped broaden our slate in factual areas, and that’s been working well.”
He adds that growth has also come from many new platforms in the AVOD realm, serving as a complementary business area to Banijay Rights’ existing linear clients. “FAST is a very exciting and growing space,” Cox says. “We’re now running 26 channels syndicated over 137 feeds.”
Scripted programming remains a vital pillar of the catalog, of course. “Scripted will always be in demand everywhere around the world,” Cox says. “Buyers are interested in new, exciting, scripted content. We’ve got a very wide range of drama, all different genres and subgenres, and we have a slate that speaks to a wide variety of buyers. We very much look to meet the demands of those buyers across a broad catalog, with plenty of choice and something for everyone.”
Rather than looking at trends in drama, “it’s all about what is a good story—and good stories come from anywhere,” Cox says. “We try to set as many trends as we can with quality IP in our catalog.”
The company’s entertainment offering remains strong as well. “Entertainment is what Banijay is very much known for,” Cox says. “We continue to lead the market in those genres that we are renowned for. We are looking to expand further into more factual-based formats,” he adds. “In traditional entertainment, there’s also a strategy for igniting new interest in legacy formats.”
While the company is perhaps less well known in straightforward factual genres than in the entertainment and drama arenas, “we’ve expanded, grown and made gains in the unscripted space,” Cox says. “Demand for box-set or short-run series in factual and feature documentaries remains high. We have been focusing on that this past year, providing high-quality series that work for all channels.” He adds of the factual slate: “We’ve got interesting pieces of talent, interesting fact-ent series and depth and diversity of pieces of IP that will speak to audiences around the world.”
SHOWCASE: Banijay Rights Makes MIPCOM Debut as Scaled-Up Company
The combination of Banijay and Endemol Shine created a content powerhouse that has brought its global distribution engine, Banijay Rights, a prolific catalog of more than 135,000 hours of programming. Its slate houses content from Banijay’s 120-plus in-house labels, as well as third-party producers, with genres that run the gamut from drama, comedy and entertainment to factual, reality, family programming, formats and theatrical.
MIPCOM marks the first real physical global outing for the newly combined entity, which will take meetings in a brand-new two-story stand made of eco-friendly and sustainable materials. The market is “huge for us as a company,” says Matt Creasey, executive VP of sales, co-productions and acquisitions at Banijay Rights. “It’s the first time a lot of us will meet face-to-face, so we’re all really excited about the ‘launch’ of Banijay, as it were, and the new Banijay Rights. And to get that buzz of Cannes again.”
The company’s drama slate for the market illustrates just how varied the scripted landscape is at the moment. Its highlights range from the historical period drama Marie Antoinette, about the modern and avant-garde young queen; to the limited series Rogue Heroes, set against the backdrop of WWII and infused with action, rock and roll, and brotherhood; and Stonehouse, based on the true story of the rise and fall of MP John Stonehouse. There are also Riches, a family drama set in the world of high-class London; Bali 2002, based on the 2002 terrorist attacks on Bali’s tourist hotspots; and Serial Lover, the story of a man who has lived many different lives and brings women into his web of deceit. “It’s such an eclectic group of dramas,” says Creasey. “There are buyers all around the world for these types of shows. The world is open to variety in terms of scripted.”
Banijay Rights’ catalog of entertainment formats is an enviable one by any measure, home to such global behemoths as MasterChef, Big Brother and Survivor, which continue to go from strength to strength. “We are seeing the opposite of what a lot of people thought would happen, that these shows would fall away; we’ve seen them grow,” says Creasey. He points to the U.K. return of both Big Brother and Survivor as testament to their vibrancy.
These proven hits sit alongside newcomers like Blow Up, a competition for balloon artists; Starstruck, where everyday people transform into some of the world’s biggest music icons; and Le Plus Grand Karaoké de France. There’s also a new iteration in the MasterChef franchise in MasterChef Young Talent, featuring 13- to 18-year-olds. Creasey notes: “Through our unbelievable network of producers and third-party relationships, Banijay has the ability to create an impressive array of formats and non-scripted content that can be rolled out throughout the world.”
Entertainment, he says, is in high demand. “Scripted is often talked about, but we mustn’t forget that entertainment is massive! It is such a key part of Banijay’s [catalog] and is, of course, one of our priorities for MIPCOM.”
Leading global distributor Banijay Rights represents a world-class, multi-genre portfolio of 172,000 hours of standout programming. Handling the distribution for media and entertainment powerhouse Banijay, the division specializes in the exploitation of premium scripted and non-scripted brands to broadcasters worldwide.
Representing quality, excellence and experience in the business of linear and non-linear television and ancillary activity across all platforms, Banijay Rights’ catalog encompasses a host of top titles from Banijay’s 130-plus in-house labels and a number of third-party producers, spanning drama, comedy, entertainment, factual, reality, family, formats and theatrical.
Delivering high-quality IP, which was born locally and travels globally, the distributor offers the best stories told the best way. Its landmark brands include Survivor, Big Brother, MasterChef, Peaky Blinders, Rogue Heroes, Marie Antoinette, Temptation Island, Grantchester, Deal or No Deal, Biggest Loser, Home and Away, Love Triangle, Mr Bean and Black Mirror.
Built on independence, creative freedom, entrepreneurialism and commercial acumen, Banijay Rights operates under the direction of CEO Cathy Payne.
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