Banijay Zodiak Nordic names senior execs

Jacob Houlind (pictured, left) and Johannes Jensen (right) have been appointed to senior executive positions within Banijay Zodiak Nordic following the completed merger between Banijay Group and Zodiak Media earlier this week.
February 25, 2016

Jacob Houlind (pictured, left) and Johannes Jensen (right) have been appointed to senior executive positions within Banijay Zodiak Nordic following the completed merger between Banijay Group and Zodiak Media on Wednesday (February 24).

Houlind, previously CEO of Nordisk Film TV, has been named Banijay Zodiak Nordic group CEO. Jensen, meanwhile, has been tapped as VP and deputy group CEO at the Nordic division and will also lead Swedish film and television prodco Yellowbird as CEO. In addition, Mikael Royson has been named CFO of Banijay Zodiak Nordic Group.

More senior appointments will be announced in the near future, the company said.

Production outfits under the Banijay Zodiak Nordic banner – which will have an estimated revenue of €180 million (US$190 million) across the region – will continue running under separate brand identities in order to secure unscripted and scripted content.

These units include Jarowskij Sweden, Mastiff Sweden, Mastiff Denmark, Mastiff Norway, Nordisk Film TV Norway, Nordisk Film TV Sweden, Nordisk Film TV Denmark, Banijay Finland, Zodiak Finland, Pineapple, Respirator and Yellowbird.

“Our joint brands will enable us to cover all genres and complement each other in the best way possible across all the Nordic territories,” said Jensen in a statement. “We will continue to invest in development of formats and ideas at an even higher level than before, which will allow our clients to become even more successful.”

Jensen added that he is keen to focus more on drama, and also evolve the business in the digital market.

“We will continue to emphasize real competition between our local affiliates to secure the highest level of creativity, maintain our strong brand identities and the ability to continue to retain and inspire the very best TV makers from our part of the world,” added Houlind.

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