Banijay sells “RBT,” “Popstars” revival

Distributor Banijay International has sold more than of 200 hours of programming, including police series RBT (pictured) and the recent French revival of reality talent format Popstars.
July 3, 2013

Distributor Banijay International has sold upwards of 200 hours of programming to networks in the UK, Europe and Australia.

UKTV has picked up four seasons of Screentime’s observational documentary program RBT (51 x 30-minutes, pictured), a police series originally produced for Nine Network Australia. It will air on UKTV’s entertainment channel Watch.

In Belgium, AB3 has acquired the latest version of reality talent franchise Popstars (14 x 60-minutes), which French channel D8 commissioned from Banijay Productions earlier this year; and RTBF has picked up Dad Don’t Panic (eight x 60-minutes), a Banijay Productions France series in which four dads must live with their children in a shared house.

The company also inked deals for reality series 71 Degrees North, fly-on-the-wall doc series Police Ten 7 and real estate show Luxury Houses with networks including TV4 Sweden, AB Groupe France, TV4 Finland and Foxtel in Australia.

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