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Banijay Raises $416 Million; ‘Survivor’ Deal Closes Within Weeks

Banijay Raises $416 Million; ‘Survivor’ Deal Closes Within Weeks
Banijay Group has raised €365 million ($416 million) and will use part of the cash to pay for Castaway Productions, the company part-owned by Bob Geldof and that owns “Survivor.”

Banijay moved to acquire “Survivor” in late March and that deal will now close by the end of the month, the company told Variety, giving the France-based international producer and distributor one of the best-known unscripted properties in TV.

The new injection of cash comes in the form of a five-year bond. Announced at the end of June, the bond issue has now been completed. Banijay said that the cash will be used to finance the deal for Castaway and to refinance the debt it accrued as a result of its merger with Zodiak.

The company would not break out how much of the bond issue would be spent on Castaway, which is owned by Charlie Parsons, Waheed Alli and Geldof.

The trio kept the rights to the “Survivor
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Sherlock recap: series four, episode three – The Final Problem

From the unfulfilling gameshow in a secure fort to the weird coda, this episode of ‘the Baker Street Boys’ was a cop-out. We deserve a bit more than this

Spoiler alert: this recap contains spoilers to the Sherlock episode The Final Problem, which aired on 15 January 2017.

Of all the things I was expecting from the final episode of Sherlock, a plot based largely on the format of Leslie Grantham-hosted 90s quiz show Fort Boyard wasn’t one of them. But that’s basically what we got: a series of puzzles solved in different rooms in a secure fort in the middle of the ocean, each one progressing to a final showdown, alas, without Melinda Messenger or a pack of tigers.

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ITV Studios France Taps Franck Firmin-Guion As President, Signs Deal With Talpa

Paris — ITV Studios has appointed Franck Firmin-Guion, the former CEO of the French company Alp, as president of its Paris office.

ITV Studios France has also just signed an exclusive production deal with Talpa, allowing ITV Studios to access exclusive right to Talpa’s new shows and as well as existing productions whose agreements are expiring.

Reporting to Maria Kyriacou, president of international for ITV Studios, Firmin-Guion will be in charge of exploiting ITV Studios’ and Talpa’s catalogue of entertainment formats and will develop scripted programs.

Firmin-Guion will be joined by Sébastien Petiot who has been appointed COO of ITV Studios France. Petiot previously worked with Firmin-Guion at Alp, where he also served as COO.

“Franck has a track record which is hard to match, not least in overseeing two of the most well known entertainment formats on French TV – Survivor and Fort Boyard. His success diversifying his current production slate sets him-up well for leading
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Wolf Creek 6-Part Series to Make Us Premiere on the Pop Network this October

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Following its debut on the Australian streaming service Stan this past May, the six-part Wolf Creek series—featuring John Jarratt once again playing the malevolent Mick Taylor—will make its Us premiere on the Pop network on October 14th.

Comprised of six one-hour episodes, the Wolf Creek series was directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean (director of Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2) from a script by Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard. The series pits a vengeful young woman named Eve (Lucy Fry) against infamous Outback killer Mick Taylor (Jarratt):

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – July 27, 2016 – Inspired by one of the most terrifying, cult movie franchises ever released in theaters, named one of “The 25 best horror movies since 2000” (Av Squad), one of “The 100 Best Horror films” (Time Out), and one of “The 25 Best Horror Movies Since The Shining” (Vulture), the six-part television event, Wolf Creek, is a psychological
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Celebrating the UK adventure game TV show

Aaron Birch Jul 13, 2016

The Crystal Maze, Cyber Zone, Fort Boyard... We look back at the UK game shows that dared to ask more than just quiz questions...

If the idea of yet another TV game show with an uninspiring presenter and ever so slight spin on the tried and tested Q&A formula fills you with apathy, you're not alone. Although TV quiz shows often rake in the viewers for a relatively low production budget, hence their popularity with TV studios, the whole genre feels a little stagnant. Perhaps it's the rise of the Internet, a general change in viewer culture, and the changing tastes that come with it. While many shows of the past delighted audiences with images of shiny new appliances, cars, and holidays to far-off destinations, today's shows mostly award cold, hard, and boring cash. Great for the winner, but not too interesting for the viewer. Give
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Warner Bros.’ ‘Lego Movie’ Takes BAFTA Kids’ Award

London — Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” won the kids’ feature film prize at the BAFTA Children’s Awards Sunday, fighting off competition from “Maleficent,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Frozen.”

Cartoon Network won the kids’ channel of the year prize, while its show “Adventure Time” took the award for international program.

Kindle Entertainment was named independent production company of the year, and was part of the team behind online mystery-drama “Dixi,” which nabbed the BAFTA for original interactive show. Disney Animated won for adapted interactive show. The vidgames category was won by Nintendo’s racing title “Mario Kart 8.”

Katie Morag,” which is produced by Move on Up, won the BAFTA for drama, and the show’s 9 year-old lead Cherry Campbell took home the performer prize. Debbie Moon won the writer’s prize for “Wolfblood.”

Love Productions’ “Junior Bake Off” excelled in the entertainment category. Maverick Television’s “Operation Ouch!
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Warner Bros.’ ‘Lego Movie’ Takes BAFTA Kids’ Award

London — Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” won the kids’ feature film prize at the BAFTA Children’s Awards Sunday, fighting off competition from “Maleficent,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Frozen.”

Cartoon Network won the kids’ channel of the year prize, while its show “Adventure Time” took the award for international program.

Kindle Entertainment was named independent production company of the year, and was part of the team behind online mystery-drama “Dixi,” which nabbed the BAFTA for original interactive show. Disney Animated won for adapted interactive show. The vidgames category was won by Nintendo’s racing title “Mario Kart 8.”

Katie Morag,” which is produced by Move on Up, won the BAFTA for drama, and the show’s 9 year-old lead Cherry Campbell took home the performer prize. Debbie Moon won the writer’s prize for “Wolfblood.”

Love Productions’ “Junior Bake Off” excelled in the entertainment category. Maverick Television’s “Operation Ouch!
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Fifteen to One, Catchphrase: Which other game shows should be revived?

It's game show heaven on television right now. Not only do we have all sorts of new formats making their way to screen, but some old favourites are getting a second lease of life, too - from Fifteen to One (airing daily on Channel 4) to the second series of the revived Catchphrase (Sundays on ITV.) But it got us thinking - what other game shows would we like to see return to our living rooms?

Well, we asked that very question to Fifteen to One's Sandi Toksvig and Catchphrase's Stephen Mulhern - and then had a bit of office debate about our own favourites...

You Bet! - Stephen Mulhern (Host, Catchphrase)

"This is an easy question: You Bet! It was one of my favourite TV shows and Matthew Kelly was one of my favourite presenters. I love it.

"I can give you some great examples that still amaze me to this day.
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Longoria Parker Wins Charity Cash On French Reality Show

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Longoria Parker Wins Charity Cash On French Reality Show
Eva Longoria Parker won 25,000 Euros for charity by taking part in a top French reality TV show.

The Desperate Housewives star's French husband, basketball player Tony Parker, persuaded her to take part in Les cles de Fort Boyard - and she was a big hit.

She says, "You have to find this key in all these buckets of stuff you don't know what's in it (sic). There's mice and another was blood and another was mice.

"I didn't want to (do this). Tony made me... We won 25,000 Euros, which is like $35,000... Tony's obsessed with it (the show).

"I looked like a crazy person."

Lone Eagle bows unit with 'Fort'

Lone Eagle bows unit with 'Fort'
TORONTO -- Canadian format producer Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd. on Wednesday launched a distribution arm and announced the sale of the British adventure game show Fort Boyard to a domestic specialty channel. Toronto-based Lone Eagle said it had promoted Tom Powers to head up the distribution division as vp of business development. Lone Eagle also said it had sold 77 hours of the English-language Fort Boyard show to MenTV, which is owned and operated by CanWest Global Communications Corp. The British game show is produced by France's Adventure Line Productions. A French-language version of Fort Boyardwas produced and aired in Quebec for eight years. Timed to coincide with MIPCOM, the Lone Eagle distribution arm will initially sell international programming to Canadian broadcasters.

French reality TV goes to sea

French reality TV goes to sea
FORT BOYARD, France -- Only a handful of formats in television history have made it to 1,000 episodes, but the landmark French reality show Fort Boyard will pass that mark when it goes out on pubcaster France 2 on Saturday after 15 years on the air. Fort Boyard is arguably the only game show that appears on maps. The 19th century sea fort from which the game takes its title was designed to guard a strategic waterway on France's Atlantic coast. Ironically, the fort was obsolete by the time it was completed, and apart from brief spells as a makeshift prison, it only has been used as a television studio.

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