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Banijay Group set to acquire Sony Pictures Television Germany

European production giant Banijay Group is to significantly bolster its German presence by acquiring Sony Pictures Film und Fernseh Produktions (Sony Pictures Television Germany) from Sony Pictures Television.

Marcus Wolter

Led by Astrid Quentell and Mirek Nitsch, who will remain in position, the company will change its name and join Banijay Germany’s portfolio of labels.

The deal, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval, will see the label’s existing unscripted IP join the global group’s 130,000-hour catalogue. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Marcus Wolter, CEO of Banijay Germany, said: “With its strong format brands and high production values, the entity certainly fits perfectly into our group. We have always believed in maintaining the independence and individuality of our labels in order to shape the future of entertainment together, and with the power of this group behind them, we have every confidence the company will thrive in its new home.”

Banijay Group CEO Marco Bassetti added: “With Astrid and Mirek, we have a proven duo who can develop high-quality shows that thrive locally and have the universality to tap into audiences globally.”

Founded in 2018 by Banijay and Wolter, Banijay Germany’s titles include Tatort Dresden, Schlag den Star (Beat the Star), TV Total, Wer wird Millionär? (Who Wants to be a Millionaire?), Kitchen Impossible and The Masked Singer.

Its portfolio of businesses includes Banijay Productions Germany, Good Times Fernsehproduktion, Endemol Shine Germany, MadeFor, SR Management, Only Good People, Banijay Live Artist Brand, Good Humor and Brainpool, with subsidiaries such as Raab TV, Lucky Pics, MTS and Cape Cross.


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