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Chatterbox, Banijay Rights ink first-look deal

Banijay Rights has signed a first-look deal with Brighton-headquartered prodco Chatterbox, the prodco behind BBC documentary Leaving Care. As part of the deal for Chatterbox’s factual programming and formats, Banijay Rights ...
March 2, 2020

Banijay Rights has signed a first-look deal with Brighton-headquartered prodco Chatterbox, the prodco behind BBC documentary Leaving Care.

As part of the deal for Chatterbox’s factual programming and formats, Banijay Rights has exclusive access to its titles including Stacey Dooley Investigates: The Whale Hunters.

Chatterbox, founded by former Channel 4 factual entertainment commissioning editor Nav Raman (pictured left) and director/producer Ali Quirk (right), joins Banijay’s group of indie production producers including Firecrest Films, Proper Content and Storyboard, and is part of Banijay Rights’ collaboration with the Indielab growth accelerator.

The Whale Hunters doc for BBC3 is the first title in the deal. It follows television presenter Stacey Dooley to the Faroe Islands to explore the controversial practice of whale hunting, with rare access to a Norwegian commercial hunting vessel.

Chatterbox has also landed a talent-led factual entertainment format and a documentary being directed by an Oscar and BAFTA award-winning producer.

“Chatterbox is an exciting, innovative company, delivering fresh perspectives and new voices through a range of programs and formats,” sad Tim Mutimer, CEO of Banijay Rights, in a statement. “We are excited to be working closely with the business to further extend its programming’s international reach.”

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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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