Banijay Studios North America, a division of Banijay Group, has brought on board development and production exec Rebecca Mayer.
In the newly created role of EVP of programming and development, Mayer (pictured) will be responsible for expanding the studio’s development and current slate in the U.S. by creating original English-language programs for broadcast, cable networks and streaming platforms.
Based in Los Angeles, Mayer reports to David Goldberg, president and CEO of Banijay Studios North America.
“I am thrilled to welcome Rebecca to the Banijay family,” said Goldberg in a statement. “Her extensive producing experience, creativity and infectious enthusiasm make her the ideal choice to oversee our development and programming departments. I have no doubt that she will be a great asset to the future of our company.”
Mayer, who is repped by WME and Schreck Rose, most recently spent the last three years working as a development consultant and producer under an overall deal at Universal Television Alternative Studio. As part of the deal, she worked on such formats as NBC’s comedy competition series Bring the Funny, musical competition series Songland and sports competition series The Titan Games.
She has previously served as showrunner and executive producer on a variety of docuseries, reality, live and live-to-tape formats in the U.S. and UK, including Pivot’s news talk series TakePart Live, TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras and Disney/ABC’s FABLife.
Paris-based Banijay Group in October reached a “definitive agreement” to acquire a 100% stake of Endemol Shine Group, the company behind MasterChef and Big Brother, making it the world’s largest independent production outfit.