Banijay launches a French format fund; Channel 4 Alex Horne, Sarah Beeny Shows; A+E Global Promotion; NBCU & Discovery LatAm – Global Briefings
Banijay Launches the French Format Fund
Banijay seeks to promote the best French formats by launching a fund with the local format investment fund La Fabrique des Formats. Entitled Fonds La Fabrique – Banijay, the fund will identify local shows that the couple believe can be screened and travel beyond the territory. A selection committee of industry experts will identify the best projects, both unscripted and scripted, and the fund will invest in a range of areas to elevate these shows to channels and platforms. The creators of the chosen formats will benefit from tailor-made support and financing to develop their creations. “This partnership further strengthens our regional know-how,” said François de Brugada, CEO of Banijay France. “With our headquarters in France, as well as 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.” Banijay France produces the flavors of Fort Boyard and game show Each his Turn. Philippe Chazal, founder of La Fabrique des Formats, added: “We are very happy with this partnership with Banijay because this new fund considerably strengthens our ability to invest in the development of new original content and to build format projects.
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from the United Kingdom Channel 4 Greenlights Alex Horne Comedy & Mega Sarah Beeny Order
Britain’s Channel 4 has ordered a comedy from Alex Horne and another big order for a daytime show from outdoor personality Sarah Beeny, who launched production company Knockers Group. The Horne Section TV Show will be written by Tyrant creator Horne and will see him join the group with which he has worked for several years. The show was initially a Channel 4 pilot, but other than that Channel 4 released few details. “Alex is an extraordinarily talented comedian; unique, charming and unpredictable, and The Horne Section TV Show is about to reflect all of those qualities,” said Channel 4 head of comedy Fiona McDermott. The new lives in the countryside of Sarah Beeny of Knockers and Outline Wales will see the host, who already presents a range of Channel 4 programmes, follow city dwellers as they move on and start new lives and careers in the country, with recent polls showing that 50% of Britons want to leave the urban lives and owns a small farm. Channel 4 has also launched a third series of The new life of Sarah Beeny in the countryside accompanied by a Christmas special. Both shows will be produced by Wil Edwards, who has joined Boomerang’s Outline. Channel 4, soon to be controversially privatised, has also ordered a second broadcast of a similar format The great garden revolution.
A+E Global Content Sales Appoints Lori Hall as Vice President of International Post
A+E Networks Global Content Sales, the distribution wing of A+E, has moved Lori Hall from senior manager to vice president of international programming. This puts her in charge of overseeing A+E’s FAST channels in addition to her role as a senior product knowledge advisor to international channels and the company’s global sales team. She will continue to report to Liz Soriano, senior vice president of international programming, who called her a “longtime rising star.” Hall previously served as vice president of program planning, programming and acquisitions at Ovation TV.
NBCUs & Discovery In Big LatAM Factual Purchase
NBCUniversal Latin America and Discovery Latin America have garnered over 200 hours of factual content in the Beyond Rights region. NBC acquired the majority, taking the example of Confessions of a Serial Killer Murder made me famous, Fatal wishes and Inside crime, while Discovery was picking up Like it or list it in the UK and the nine sets of Sloppy bodies. . “There’s a big appetite for good, real crime and lifestyle content in Latin America, and we not only have several compelling titles in every genre, but also plenty of returning series and franchise expansions,” said said Lenneke de Jong, Vice President of Sales for Beyond Rights for Latin. America.
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