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Banijay denies sale preparations

Banijay has issued a statement denying that its founder, Stéphane Courbit, is preparing to sell the company to French media group Lagardère.
February 25, 2013

Banijay has issued a statement denying that its founder, Stéphane Courbit, is preparing to sell the company to French media group Lagardère.

The statement comes following a report from French business newsletter La lettre de l’expansion within its “Decision Makers” section, claiming that Courbit “again seeks to sell Banijay Group.”

The statement reads: “Stéphane Courbit and Arnault groups and Agnelli, shareholders of Banijay, categorically deny the reports in the press today that he was preparing to sell Banijay and that discussions are underway with Lagardère.”

Banijay Group-owned production companies currently include Banijay Productions France, Germany’s Brainpool and U.S.-based Bunim-Murray Productions, among others. The group also owns the distribution arm Banijay International.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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