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Banijay Productions France launches reality division

Banijay Productions France, the prodco run by Alexia Laroche-Joubert and Lionel Valaneix, is launching a reality division, spurred on by the success of its series Les Ch'tis.
July 4, 2012

Banijay Productions France, the prodco run by Alexia Laroche-Joubert and Lionel Valaneix, is launching a reality division, spurred on by the success of its series Les Ch’tis.

The company, which falls under the umbrella of Stéphane Courbit-controlled Banijay Entertainment, has produced two seasons of Les Ch’tis for French network W9.

The show looks at rural dwellers in the North of France, and Banijay International is selling the format for the series under the international title Party Workers.

Florence Fayard, who has served as a producer at Banijay Productions France since 2010, has been promoted to head of the new reality division, a Banijay Entertainment spokeswoman told realscreen.

She will work with Lucie Cabourdin, who oversees of development at the French company.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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