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Banijay Germany to Acquire Sony Pictures Television Germany


Banijay has signed an agreement to acquire Sony Pictures Film und Fernseh Produktions (Sony Pictures Television Germany) from Sony Pictures Television.

Led by Astrid Quentell and Mirek Nitsch, Sony Pictures Television Germany is soon to undergo a name change and will join Banijay Germany’s portfolio of labels.

The deal, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval, will expand its local first-class talent and slate offering. It sees the label’s existing unscripted IP join the global group’s 130,000-hour catalog.

Quentell and Nitsch will retain their positions. 

Marcus Wolter, CEO of Banijay Germany, commented: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Astrid, Mirek, and their team, to the Banijay family! 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.”

Marco Bassetti, CEO of Banijay, said: “Talent, talent, talent—our priority, and at the core of our group. From brilliant talent, brilliant ideas are born, and in growing our collective, we strive to further strengthen our world-class, multi-genre portfolio of IP. 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. They are a very welcome and complementary addition to our expert-led German operation.”

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