Banijay names Peter Langenberg COO
Paris-headquartered super indie Banijay has appointed Peter Langenberg as chief operating officer for the group, solidifying the central leadership team structure following July’s acquisition of global producer-distributor Endemol Shine Group.
As part of his new remit, Langenberg (pictured) will have oversight of Banijay Brands and IT, as well as operational responsibility for the UK, India, Benelux, Russia and Poland.
He reports directly into company Marco Bassetti, who called Langenberg “a key figure” in the acquisition of Endemol and its subsequent integration into the Banijay fold.
He joined the French multinational production and distribution company in November 2016 as COO and has since led operations across the global footprint.
Prior to boarding Banijay, Langenberg was VP of business management at Warner Bros. International TV Production from 2011 to 2016, and before that was COO at both R&D Media Holding and 3 Circles Media Holding.
Langenberg also spent a decade under the Endemol banner where his titles had included executive director of operations for Latin America and later for the entire Endemol group. Before exiting the business, he was managing director of entertainment for Endemol Nederland.
“The acquisition of Endemol marked a significant shift in scale for us as a business and with that comes vast opportunity and innovation, as we look to pull together the strengths of both organizations,” said Langenberg in a statement. “While the integration has long been underway, we continue to assess the new needs of the business to marry the best talent and systems and looking to 2021, we are all confident we’ll be operationally strong, with the best people and products in place to drive quality and efficiency across the board.”
Abacus Media Rights pens deal for Masked Singer UK
Abacus Media Rights (AMR), part of the Amcomri Media Group, has secured international distribution rights to the finished tape version of the shiny floor entertainment format The Masked Singer UK.
The British studio-based singing format (8 x 90 minutes) is hosted by Joel Dommett and produced by Bandicoot Scotland, part of the Argonon group, for UK commercial broadcaster ITV. Season two of the format premieres Dec. 26 on ITV.
The original Masked Singer format has been imported from South Korea and created by Min Hwa Broadcasting Corp, with local versions already transmitting in 30 territories.
The format sees celebrities face off against one another while shrouded in an elaborate costume, concealing their identity. With each performance, Dommett and the judges, audience members, viewers and the contestants attempt to guess who is singing behind the mask. Each week, one singer is eliminated, revealing their identity.
International broadcasters acquiring the UK version will be able to air each episode of the series the day after it has played out on ITV.
Fox acquires Mike Holmes-fronted series from Bell
Commercial broadcaster Fox has acquired the CTV Original home renovation series Holmes Family Effect from Canada’s Bell Media.
The four-part series documents professional contractor and television host Mike Holmes as he looks to surprise and transform the lives of unsuspecting community leaders with help from his daughter, Sherry, and son, Michael.
Holmes Family Effect is to join Fox’s 2020/21 midseason schedule following its broadcast premiere in Canada on CTV in early 2021.
Epix joins fuboTV programming lineup
Sports-first platform fuboTV has added premium entertainment network Epix to its live TV streaming service.
Beginning today (Dec. 14), fuboTV subscribers will be able to stream Epix’s suite of premium entertainment networks, featuring original programming and blockbuster movies, including such in-depth docuseries as NFL: The Grind from NFL Films.
The fubo Standard plan will carry the Epix package – which also encompasses the Epix, Epix 2 and Epix Hits channels – for US$5.99 per month.
In addition to the live channel, members will also have access to Epix titles available as VOD, including select programming in 4K, in the coming weeks.