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Banijay Benelux acquires majority stake in Belgian scripted prodco Jonnydepony

European production group Banijay has acquired a majority stake in Belgian scripted production company Jonnydepony.

Philippe De Schepper

The label will join the Belgian footprint alongside Banijay Belgium, which is behind soap opera, Familie. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jonnydepony, founded in 2015 by Philippe De Schepper, is an independent production label specialising in the development and production of drama series including Black-out, Transport and Arcadia (which is soon to be seen on VRT, KRO-NCRV and WDR/SWR).

Led by CEO Helen Perquy (co-owner since 2018) and producer De Schepper, the company will now be part of the Banijay Benelux group.

Helen Perquy

Peter Lubbers, CEO Banijay Benelux, said: “Jonnydepony has built up a brilliant reputation in Belgium, but also in the Netherlands and Germany, under the leadership of Helen and Philippe. A unique duo with an extremely creative and successful signature, the label is a magnet for great talent in front of and behind the camera. We welcome the team with enthusiasm and look forward to expanding the scripted offer together.”

Perquy and De Schepper said: “In the rapidly evolving media ecosystem, it is nice that a partner like Banijay, which values IP rights, is strong in global distribution and has a global creative network, joins forces with our company. We look forward to working with the group to further grow our business in both the local and international markets.”

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