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Banijay acquires German prodco Good Times

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 ...
June 25, 2019

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 РDer Profi kommt (Kabel Eins), Der Tr̦deltrupp РDas Geld liegt im Keller (RTL2), Dinner Party РDer LateNight Talk (Sat1), Armes Deutschland (RTL 2), and Unser Kiosk РTrost 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.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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