Banijay France partners on new fund to support French format creation
Banijay France is teaming with Paris-headquartered format accelerator La Fabrique des Formats to create a new fund that is intended to spur French format creation both domestically and internationally.
Dubbed Fonds la Fabrique des Formats – Banijay, the fund will be administered by La Fabrique des Formats and staffed by a selection committee of industry experts who will be tasked with identifying the best projects, both scripted and unscripted, from the submissions received by format creators. Those projects selected will receive customized support depending on their respective needs, up to the production of a pilot episode.
Taking advantage of Banijay’s global footprint and its distribution arm, Banijay Rights, the projects will be brought to a level suitable for sales presentations to broadcasters and streaming platforms around the world.
“This partnership further fosters our regional know-how, and we are very pleased to support La Fabrique des Formats with the innovative creation of Fonds La Fabrique des Formats – Banijay,” said Banijay France CEO François de Brugada (pictured) in a news release. “Being headquartered in France, along with our local knowledge and global ambition, it is naturally our role to support the creative community here to ambitiously develop the next generation of hits for France and the world.”
Beyond Rights closes pan-Latin American sales to Discovery, NBCUniversal
Beyond Rights has secured deals with both NBCUniversal and Discovery, Inc. to provide more than 200 hours of factual programming to the broadcasters’ channels across Latin America.
NBCUniversal Latin America has sprung for a large package of true-crime programming, nabbing two seasons of both Confessions of a Serial Killer (18 x 60 min.) and Inside Crime (14 x 60 min.), seven of Murder Made Me Famous (45 x 60 min.) and four of Fatal Vows (52 x 60 min.).
Discovery Latin America, meanwhile, focused on lifestyle content, picking up season three of the UK edition of Love It or List It (8 x 60 min.) and seasons four and five of the format’s Vancouver edition (52 x 60 min.), as well as all nine seasons of the plastic surgery series Botched Up Bodies (33 x 60 min.).
“I am delighted to have concluded these deals with two such prestigious pan-regional players as Discovery and NBCUniversal,” said Lenneke de Jong, Beyond Rights’ VP of sales for Latin America. “There is a great appetite for good true-crime and lifestyle content in Latin America, and we not only have several compelling titles in each genre but also many returning series and franchise extensions. This can provide our broadcast partners with strong, recognizable brands for their channels, as well as valuable volume to help hook and grow their audiences.”