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Banijay picks up “Momentum” in Scandinavia, France

Banijay International has struck a deal with Notional and Ben Silverman's Electus/Engine Distribution to acquire production rights to real-time game show Momentum, for the Banijay Group's production companies in France and Scandinavia.
June 9, 2011

Banijay International has struck a deal with Notional and Ben Silverman’s Electus/Engine Distribution to acquire production rights to real-time game show Momentum, for the Banijay Group’s production companies in France and Scandinavia.

The deal will see Banijay Group’s Air Productions produce an hour-long pilot for France 2, to be hosted by French host and Air Productions head Nagui.

Banijay International MD Karoline Spodsberg said: “This acquisition underlines our strategy to cherry-pick the best properties on the international market to be produced locally by the Group companies.

“The match between the format we find and our local production company in terms of their competencies and market position is paramount.  We are very focused in our acquisitions and only pursue formats where this match is clear.”

Eli Shibley, director of development of international formats for Electus, added: “With a host of hits including Chopped, Love Song, and now Momentum, Notional has proven that approaching development with an internationally borderless perspective not only creates relatable concepts, but incredibly compelling television, and these shows are only a hint of what’s to come.”

Momentum is a high-speed wordplay game billed as Wheel of Fortune meets 24. The format sees four contestants unscrambling words against the clock to bank money for prizes. The longer it takes them to unscramble the words and the more clues they get, the less they can win.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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