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Jack Whitehall inks exclusive deal with Banijay UK

Jack Whitehall has signed an exclusive two-year deal with Banijay UK that will see the comedian and host develop unscripted projects with the company. Whitehall and his Jackpot prodco will partner ...
October 12, 2021


Jack Whitehall has signed an exclusive two-year deal with Banijay UK that will see the comedian and host develop unscripted projects with the company.

Whitehall and his Jackpot prodco will partner with companies across the Banijay UK group to create and develop unscripted ideas for both linear and global platforms. New projects could see Whitehall in both on-screen and off-screen roles, and include a range of non-fiction genres including blue chip documentaries, panel shows, events and returning series.

The agreement builds on the existing relationship between Whitehall and the Banijay group’s producers that includes successful projects like Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, Backchat and Bad Education.

The deal takes effect immediately. Whitehall will continue to work on scripted projects and with the Banijay UK group’s drama and comedy producers.

“We have a great relationship with Jack and are thrilled to have signed this deal with Jackpot. As well as being a brilliant and hugely versatile performer, Jack, as well as Ricard Ackerman, who will be heading up the creative team, have an astute sense of what makes great TV and how to engage with audiences around the world. Together with the wonderful creatives we have across the UK group, we are really set up to nurture great ideas and make them on a global level,” said Lucinda Hicks, CEO of Banijay UK, in a statement.

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Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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