Zodiak, Banijay in merger talks

Superindies Zodiak Media and Banijay Group are in talks to merge, realscreen can confirm.
June 16, 2015

Superindies Zodiak Media and Banijay Group are in talks to merge, realscreen can confirm.

First reported by UK trade outlet Broadcast, talks were confirmed by a Banijay spokesperson who said the two companies are currently “in discussions regarding a potential merger.” Realscreen understands that if the deal goes through, Banijay Group would be a majority stakeholder.

A Zodiak Media spokesperson declined to comment.

Zodiak Media – majority-owned by Italian conglomerate De Agostini, which also has a minority stake in Banijay Group – is headquartered in Paris, with offices in London, Los Angeles, Milan, Stockholm and Moscow.

Its roster of UK companies include RDF Television, IWC Media, Touchpaper Television and Red House, while French operations include GTV, Mona Lisa Production and Adventure Line Productions. The company is led by CEO Marc-Antoine d’Halluin.

Meanwhile, Banijay Group, also based in Paris, is similarly global in scale, with U.S. holdings such as Bunim/Murray Productions and Stephen David Entertainment and European group companies including Nordisk Film TV Denmark and Norway as well as France’s Air Productions and H20 Productions, among others. The company does not currently have any UK holdings.

The merger would be the latest in a series of business tie-ups that are global in scale, including the acquisition of All3Media by Discovery Communications; the merger of Endemol, Shine and Core Media Group resulting in the Endemol Shine Group; and ITV Studios’ continuing run of acquisitions, including the recent purchase of global format powerhouse Talpa Media.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.