Banijay Rolls Out Banijay Bootcamp


Banijay Bootcamp, a new creative residency program for scripted talent, is set to begin this week.

With two residencies across three months, a cohort of five Banijay development executives from across the globe will each be paired with an emerging writer to develop an idea, storyline, plot and script.

Banijay Bootcamp is led by Steve Matthews, content executive at Banijay, and facilitated through the established MIDPOINT Institute’s Series Launch program. Working with Matthews is Nina Hernández, Portocabo’s head of content,  along with guest tutor Tatjana Samopjan.

Participants in the inaugural Banijay Bootcamp include Clara Machado (Endemol Shine Boomdog) with Carl Zitelmann, Anita Pico (Zeppelin) with Carlotta Dans and Lucía Estévez (Portocabo), Héloïse Ridoux (Banijay Studios France) with Quentin Elles, Adi Bar Yossef (Endemol Shine Israel) with Elad Laor and Claire Zhou (NL Film) with Leon Golterman.

Matthews said: “Banijay Bootcamp will see our in-house development storymakers and their chosen writers sharpen skills to further understand the deep structure of an idea and how to make it the very best version possible. They’ll expertly demolish and rebuild to make projects sharp and–yes, commercial. In an increasingly competitive market, productions need to be really, really good, so this is really about supporting development executives and writers, strengthening the next generation across the footprint.”