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Bunim-Murray acquired by France's Banijay

25 March 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

French production company Banijay Entertainment is acquiring reality hitmakers Bunim-Murray Prods., whose credits include "The Real World" and "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

Bunim-Murray's founder Jonathan Murray will continue as chairman and lead creative development, while president Gil Goldschein will remain to tackle corporate initiatives. The company will likewise continue to be based in Los Angeles under the same name.

What's changing is that Banijay will help the 20-year-old Bunim-Murray expand into the international marketplace. Bunim-Murray will have access to the company's international formats, and Banijay will distribute Bunim-Murray's formats to other territories.

"Bunim-Murray is one of the few companies with a proven history of delivering high volumes of entertaining and quality programming that strikes a chord with viewers and are continually renewed by networks season after season," Banijay chairman Stephane Courbit said. "This acquisition reaffirms Banijay's strategy to integrate in our group the best and most creative international television producers. »

- By James Hibberd

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Banijay creates global distribution division

17 March 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paris -- French production and distribution house Banijay is making its worldwide TV market takeover tour official with the creation of new global distribution division Banijay International, the company said Wednesday.

The venture will be headed up by current international director at Nordisk Karoline Spodsberg, who will take on the title of managing director of Banijay International. The division, featuring a melange of staff from both Nordisk and Banijay's distribution teams, will have offices in Paris and Copenhagen.

The Banijay International label will encompass Nordisk Film TV World's activities in addition to distributing all formats and finished programming produced by Banijay Entertainment's various companies. Banijay's format hits include "The Missionaries," "71 Degrees North" and "My Big Fat Parents."

The move comes as no surprise as Banijay has recently expanded its reach across the globe. Banijay bought British indie company Zig Zag Prods. in January after buying Zodiak's Scandinavian arm Nordisk Film »

- By Rebecca Leffler

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