Banijay completes acquisition of Sony Pictures Television Germany and rebrands it as Noisy Pictures

ACQUISITION/REBRANDING

Banijaythe planned acquisition by Sony Productions Film und Fernseh Produktions GmbH Germany (Sony Pictures Television Germany) from Sony Pictures is now complete. Under customary closing conditions, Banijay Germany has obtained a 100% equity interest in the company. The label, founded in 1995, will now operate as Noisy images GmbH, with Astrid Quentell and Mirek Nitsch remaining in management positions.

Hit shows from Sony Pictures Television Germany include “Die Höhle der Löwen,” which aired 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”.

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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”).

Wolter said, “Sony Pictures in Germany is known for its high-quality scripted titles, strong catalog and hit unscripted productions like ‘Die Höhle der Löwen’. Based on this, we are confident that the Noisy Pictures team will be another hit-maker in the Banijay Germany family.

Astrid Quentell, MD of Noisy Pictures, added, “We are thrilled to be a part of Banijay. Looking to the future, we want to maintain the strength of our independent label, with continuity in our productions on the one hand, and new impulses from creative exchanges within the new family on the other.

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu

TENNIS

Amazon Prime Video and the LTAthe governing body of tennis in the United Kingdom, have launched Prime Video LTA Young Girlsa multi-year program to train coaches across the country to deliver lessons and guidance specifically designed for girls. Emma Raducanuthe historic victory of U.S. Open last year was the catalyst for the program. The initiative fulfills Prime Video’s promise to reinvest funds from sharing the US Open 2021 Final broadcast with Channel 4, back into British women’s tennis.

Raducanu said: “I am extremely happy to see the funds generated from the US Open final going towards this new program, which is a step in the right direction to bring more young girls into the sport and will continue to support a bright future for women’s tennis in this country.As an LTA Youth Ambassador, it’s great to see a complementary program taking shape and hopefully bringing more success.

ACQUISITION OF DOC COMPANY

Germany’s Leonine Studios has reached a deal to acquire major documentary production company Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, creator of Netflix’s first German original documentary series ‘A Perfect Crime’.

Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion – which has offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne – will remain independent after the deal, with co-heads Christian and Reinhardt Beetz continuing to run the business. Leonine Studios CEO Fred Kogel, who oversees nonfiction production and acquisition licensing, joins the management team.

Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion’s standout titles include the 2013 Oscar-nominated documentary “Open Heart,” about eight Rwandan children who leave their families behind and embark on a life-or-death journey to undergo heart surgery. high-risk open and “The Cleaners,” about social media censors fighting to save the web, launched from Sundance in 2018.

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Karl M. Bailey