Marie Schweitzer to remain with Banijay
Banijay executive Marie Schweitzer is to remain with the Parisian superindie following its takeover of Endemol Shine Group earlier this year.
Schweitzer (pictured) will retain her title as chief strategy officer, a post she’s held since September 2016. She will continue reporting into Banijay CEO Marco Bassetti and oversee the company’s strategy, research and communications strategies.
She will additionally be responsible for supporting the newly scaled-up group’s overarching strategy, while continuing to identify strategic expansion opportunities.
Reporting into Schweitzer are: Marie-Ange Philippe, head of market research; Edouard Minc, director of corporate business affairs; and Kate Humphreys, director of group communications.
Schweitzer joined Endemol in 2008 at its launch as co-head of market research, holding various positions across the business including head of its central development unit. More recently, Schweitzer took on strategy and business development, working with the executive team on M&A and growth opportunities, including the recent merger with Endemol Shine Group.
Love Island hits 20 territory milestone
South African production outfit Rapid Blue has acquired the reality dating format Love Island from rights holder ITV Studios.
Love Island South Africa will follow a group of single islanders who descend on a villa on South Africa’s Western Cape. Housemates couple-up or form alliances as viewers vote to choose who stays on the island, and who leaves, with the last pair standing taking home a cash prize.
The original UK series is produced by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group, and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios.
Love Island has been adapted in 20 countries to date, including the U.S. (CBS), Australia (9 Go! and Nine Network), France (Amazon Prime Video), the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. In 2020 alone, ITV Studios has sold the format to six new territories, including Spain, Italy and French-speaking Canada.
Love Island South Africa will premiere across M-Net 101 on DStv in late February 2021.
Bravo NZ orders Housewives special
Bravo New Zealand, the lifestyle network owned by ViacomCBS, has greenlit an hour-long “world-first” format special featuring the original cast members from The Real Housewives of Auckland.
Currently in production, Get Housewived will follow Gilda Kirkpatrick and Michelle Blanchard as they lead their “own mission impossible” by bringing to life an unforgettable experience for a deserving Kiwi family. Kirkpatrick and Blanchard will be assisted on their task by a team of experts and cameos from the original cast.
It is produced by Workparty NZ and Matchbox Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal International Studios.
Matchbox’s Dan Munday and Workparty’s Hayley Cunningham serve as executive producers.
The special is due to premiere on Bravo New Zealand later this year. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles the distribution of Get Housewived outside of New Zealand.
Silverlining sells model train format to the Netherlands
NPO Max in the Netherlands has optioned model railway format The Great Model Railway Challenge from Silverlining Rights, the London distributor founded by former Channel 5 commissioner Bethan Corney.
The format sees teams of gifted railway modelers compete against one another to build themed miniature worlds to impress the judges.
Locally known as The Big Small Trains Competition, the series is slated to launch across Dutch broadcaster Omroep Max in the fall of 2021.
Last year, Swedish pubcaster SVT acquired all 14 x 60-minute episodes of the ready-made program from Silverlining.