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Banijay acquires 7Wonder

Global production and distribution company Banijay Group has acquired its first non-scripted UK production company, 7Wonder. Under the terms of a deal, over 160 hours of 7Wonder programming will be added to ...
February 27, 2018

Global production and distribution company Banijay Group has acquired its first non-scripted UK production company, 7Wonder.

Under the terms of a deal, over 160 hours of 7Wonder programming will be added to Banijay UK’s non-scripted slate. Additionally, 7Wonder will team with fellow Banijay UK prodcos RDF and IWC Media and will look for coproduction opportunities in the UK and around the wider global Banijay Group.

7Wonder was founded in 2014 as a joint venture between Australian broadcaster Seven Network and former Maverick Television execs Alexandra Fraser, Liza Abbott and Simon Ellse. Fraser (pictured), Abbott and Ellse will continue to run the business as chief creative, CEO and CFO.

The London-based prodco’s previous partnership with Seven Network Australia has ended and Banijay Rights will distribute the prodco’s content going forward.

7Wonder’s upcoming projects include the Channel 4 series The Seven Year Switch airing in March and BBC2 documentary Heart Transplant (w/t), a 90-minute special filmed at the Institute of Transplantation in Newcastle slated for spring.

Since its creation in 2014, 7Wonder’s productions include such titles as BBC2′s Back to the Land with Kate Humble; landmark Sky Arts series Tate Britain’s Great British Walks; CBeebies pre-school reality series Do You Know?; and the UK adaptation of My Kitchen Rules for Channel 4.

“We are absolutely delighted to be joining Banijay,” said Fraser, in a statement. “With RDF and IWC, Banijay already enjoys a strong reputation for delivering high quality factual programming in the UK which we hope to build on, but we’re tremendously excited, too, by the international opportunities that will now open up to us.”

“We are thrilled that 7Wonder are to become the first non-scripted acquisition for Banijay UK,” added Peter Langenberg, COO Banijay Group said. “Alex and the 7Wonder team have an excellent track record of creating and executing successful returnable formats and authentic factual programming; they will be the perfect complement to our existing non-scripted labels RDF and IWC, and we could not have hoped to have found a better addition to the Banijay family.”

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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