Banijay Rights Inks Development Deal with Arcadia Content


Banijay Rights has entered into a co-development agreement with the Canadian indie Arcadia Content that will see them create new factual projects and seek financing based on presales together.

The companies have already begun discussions on a slate of new projects, including Disaster: If It Happened Today and the CGI history dive series Wreck Raisers. The history and science programming specialist Arcadia Content boasts more than 500 hours of premium factual content, including If We Built It Today, which currently airs on Science.

Andreas Lemos, commercial director of factual at Banijay Rights, said: “Arcadia Content is a real trailblazer in the factual world, producing entertaining and illuminating documentary films and series for leading broadcasters around the globe. We are delighted to be working closely together to co-develop and co-fund new projects, enabling them to create even more intriguing science and history programming for eager viewers.”

John Wesley Chisholm, creative director at Arcadia, added: “Working with Banijay connects us as regional producers in a global market. The new paradigm in producer/distributor developed projects positions us to think beyond our home markets; to develop and finance ideas that give our local broadcast customers the right shows, at the right time and right price, while also creating shows of broad global appeal and long shelf life.”