Banijay acquires Sony Pictures Television Germany

Banijay acquires Sony Pictures Television Germany.

Led by Astrid Quentell and Mirek Nitsch, who will remain in post, the company will join Banijay Germany’s label portfolio. The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. The company should also change its name.

Based in Cologne and in operation for more than 25 years, Sony Pictures Television Germany’s hit shows include ‘Die Höhle der Löwen’, which has been on Vox since 2014; the comedy-drama “Der Lehrer”, which ran for nine seasons on RTL and won numerous awards; and the ZDF detective series “Heldt”.

Founded in 2018 by Marcus Wolter and Banijay, Banijay Germany now has over 1,200 employees. Main titles include “Tatort Dresden, Schlag den Star” (“Beat the Star”), “TV Total”, “Wer wird Millionär?” (“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”), “Kitchen Impossible”, “The Masked Singer”, and “Promi Big Brother” (“Celebrity Big Brother”).

Marcus Wolter, CEO of Banijay Germany, said: “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 fits perfectly into our group. We have always believed in maintaining the independence and individuality of our labels to together shape the future of entertainment, and with the power of this group behind them, we have every confidence the business will thrive in its new home.

Marco Bassetti, CEO of Banijay, said: “Talent, talent, talent – ​​our priority and at the heart of our group. Brilliant talent is born from brilliant ideas, and by growing our collective, we strive to further strengthen our world-class, multi-genre IP portfolio. With Astrid and Mirek, we have a proven duo that can develop high-quality shows that thrive locally and have the universality to tap into global audiences. They are a very welcome and complementary addition to our expert-led German operation.

Astrid Quentell, MD, Sony Pictures Television Germany, added: “We are very happy to be part of the Banijay family! Under a new flag, so to speak, and with a great tailwind, we will be able to continue and expand our successful and still exciting history with our entire team.

Sony Pictures Television Germany will soon launch a new edition of “Glücksrad” (“Wheel of Fortune”) on RTLZWEI.

(Picture: “Heldt”)

Karl M. Bailey