When Stephane Courbit founded the Banijay Group, in 2008, it quickly moved to become one of the biggest media companies in Europe. Acquisitions of production companies in Spain, Germany, Denmark, Australia, and the United States quickly followed, bringing big-name programs under its banner. Today it owns more than 120 production companies.
One of the biggest and the most recent acquisitions is of Endemol Shine Group, which made the company bigger than BBC Studios and ITV Studios, two of its major competitors in the world of traditional broadcast television. The acquisition was for a reported $2.2 billion, and brought in titles like "Big Brother," "Peaky Blinders," and "Black Mirror" to the new company. In all, the back catalogue of Banijay ballooned to more than 88,000 hours of content.
That number is likely to increase: Banijay plans on continuing to focus on unscripted and reality-TV programs, offering them to streaming services and television channels. Among them is a new series of "Survivor," which marked its 40th season in the US this year, and a new franchise in Hungary set to broadcast on the country’s RTL Club channel.