Banijay Group Merges with Zodiak

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Marco Bassetti has been appointed CEO of Banijay Group.

by @todotvnews the 23/02/2016
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Both companies have completed the merger transaction that will result in the creation of the world's largest independent production and distribution group. The new entity will have combined catalogues and operations in 17 territories. 

It was announced today by Banijay Group that Banijay and Zodiak Media have completed the transaction to unite their complementary catalogues and production units, merging into one of the world's largest independent production and distribution groups not controlled by a media group.

Operating from today, the newly-created Banijay Group is 73.8% controlled by a company composed of Stéphane Courbit’s LOV Group (50.1%) and DeA Communications – a company belonging to De Agostini Group (49.9%), with Vivendi owning 26.2% of the total Group.

"The merger between Banijay and Zodiak Media, two companies of which De Agostini Group has been a shareholder since the very beginning, creates a real leading international player," shared Lorenzo Pellicioli, CEO of De Agostini Group.

Stéphane Courbit will be acting as Chairman while Marco Bassetti has been appointed CEO of Banijay Group.

"Banijay and Zodiak bring together teams of leading programming creators, producers and format developers from around the world and a well-established international distribution arm with an extensive catalogue," stated Bassetti.

Under the merger, both companies will not only unite their complementary catalogues and production units, but have operations in 17 territories producing entertainment, drama, factual, reality entertainment, docu-drama, children’s and animation programming.

Leading formats and shows include Versailles, The Secret Life of Four Year Olds, Temptation Island, Popstars, Beat Your Host, 71 Degrees North, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Fort Boyard, Making of the Mob, Underbelly, Wife Swap, Wild Things, Being Human, Location Location Location and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo among many others.

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