Banijay Int’l pens development deal with Lambent

UK-headquartered distributor Banijay International has partnered with Brighton-based prodco Lambent Productions for an exclusive development deal.
June 25, 2015

London-headquartered distributor Banijay International has partnered with Brighton-based prodco Lambent Productions for an exclusive development deal.

Brokered by Jimmy Humphrey, Banijay International’s VP of sales and acquisitions, the deal will allow Banijay a first look option on forthcoming programs from Lambent’s development slate, along with the international distribution rights to those new series.

Banijay, meanwhile, will provide funding and market intelligence to Lambent, advising on the international potential of its projects.

“Lambent produces exceptionally strong human interest content which fits extremely well with our growing content portfolio of factual and factual entertainment programming,” said Emmanuelle Namiech, MD at Banijay International, in a statement. “We are looking forward to working with them as they continue to develop brand new concepts and programs that have international appeal.”

Lambent Productions is currently producing Channel 5′s Special Needs Hotel, which is slated for release this fall. The three-part docuseries focuses on Foxes, a hotel in Somerset, England, staffed by young people aged 16 to 24 who have learning disabilities.

The prodco, co-headed by Emma Wakefield and Ollie Tait, has also struck a partnership with American prodco Bodega Pictures (South Beach Tow, Big Easy Justice) to coproduce a pilot for an as-yet-unnamed network.

(With files by Barry Walsh)

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