Banijay Germany has acquired Cologne-based indie prodco Good Times, adding it to a roster that includes Brainpool and its own local Banijay Productions office.
The production company, formed in Berlin in 1998 by Sylvia Fahrenkrog-Petersen and based in Cologne since 2000, specializes in docusoaps, factual reports, coaching formats, scripted reality, and fiction, with titles including Mein Lokal, Dein Lokal – Der Profi kommt (Kabel Eins), Der Trödeltrupp – Das Geld liegt im Keller (RTL2), Dinner Party – Der LateNight Talk (Sat1), Armes Deutschland (RTL 2), and Unser Kiosk – Trost und Prost im Viertel (Kabel Eins).
Fahrenkrog-Petersen (pictured) will continue to oversee the company slate and operations as managing director and producer.
“Good Times has been synonymous with successful daytime formats and strong in-house developments in the field of factual entertainment and social docu for many years,” said Marcus Wolter, CEO of Banijay Germany, in a statement. “I am personally pleased that Sylvia Fahrenkrog-Petersen has chosen us as a partner since the brand is a perfect addition to the current genre portfolio for Banijay Germany. Through the acquisition, we are welcoming a new family member, which has the potential to grow and thrive within our group.”
“My team and I can now access a strong format catalogue and finally market our own ideas worldwide,” added Fahrenkrog-Petersen. “Working in a large international network, is an exciting challenge for us, which we accept with enthusiasm.”