Banijay Rights Sends U.K. Factual Programming Around the World


Banijay Rights has inked a raft of sales for a diverse range of its youth-skewing factual programming from U.K. producers, including BBC Three’s Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with the Arms Dealers.

The one-off has been picked up by SBS Australia, SVT in Sweden, Yle in Finland, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, Canal+ Dokument in Poland and BBC Brit for Africa, as well as RTL in Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The doc investigates one unique arms trade company as they forge deals all over the world, catching a rare glimpse into what goes on in the little-known $100 billion industry.

BBC Three’s highest rating program since the channel launched online, Abused By My Girlfriend, an hour-long one-off by Century Films, will now air on DR in Denmark; Nine Network Australia; RTL in Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands; NRK in Norway; RTS in Switzerland; Discovery in Denmark, Finland and Sweden; and Foxtel in Australia. It follows Alex Skeel, a 23-year-old man who survived horrific abuse during his relationship with girlfriend Jordan Worth, who was eventually sentenced to seven and a half years in jail for her behavior.

A powerful series that goes behind the scenes of the adult film industry, Porn Laid Bare (3×60 min. and format version) from The Connected Set for BBC Three has sold to several international broadcasters, including Cielo TV in Italy, Kanal 2 in Estonia, Polsat in Poland, SBS Australia, Yle in Finland, OUTtv in Canada and TV2 Norway. In the three-parter, six British people in their 20s with different attitudes towards pornography visit Spain to explore its sprawling adult film industry, immersing themselves in one of Europe’s biggest pornography production hubs, where they’ll confront ugly truths and complex dilemmas.

Banijay Rights has also sold seasons one and two of Young and Pretty Minted from the Welsh production company Wales & Co. for BBC Three and BBC One, to TV2 in Denmark as well as TVN in Poland. The series follows influencers and “cyber capitalists” as they make big money out of online gaming, Instagram and YouTube.

Finally, completing the raft of sales, is Century Films’ chilling story of Britain’s first serial HIV infector, The Man Who Used HIV As A Weapon (1×60 min.), which first aired on BBC Three and BBC One It has been picked up by DR in Denmark, NRK in Norway, Nine Network Australia and Foxtel in Australia.

Tim Mutimer, CEO of Banijay Rights, commented, “This impressive raft of sales is evidence of the strong global appetite for high-quality U.K. factual programming that increasingly resonates with a youth audience. It is without doubt our strong relationships with U.K. producers that is so critical to our success here. In addition to working closely with Banijay Group’s own production companies, we have developed strong partnerships with other pioneering, independent factual producers here in the U.K., whose works are proving to be sought after overseas.”