FL Entertainment N: Banijay Acquires Controlling Interest in MoviePlus Productions


Banijay takes majority stake

MoviePlus productions

-Label Joins Endemol Shine Israel and Expands Script Offering-

Israel, November 9, 2022: Banijay today confirms an expansion of its activities in Israel through the majority takeover (51% stake) of MoviePlus Productions. The investment further expands the group’s acting capabilities in the region and strengthens its commitment to creativity and the development of original content for local and international markets.

MoviePlus Productions is an Israeli independent production company specializing in drama series, documentaries and feature films. Founded by David Mandil, it is based in Israel and has a track record of internationally spanning local drama series built on critically acclaimed seriesOur boys for HBO and KI, Miguel (channel+); deus and Jerusalem Brewand multi-award-winning embezzlement for YES Studios, among others.

In addition to drama series, MoviePlus Productions is behind the Oscar-nominated films, footnote and Beaufort; A story of love and darknessin which Natalie Portman made her directorial debut; Norman by Joseph Cedar, starring Richard Gere, Steve Buscemi, and Charlotte Gainsbourg; and many more.

In its new home, as part of Banijay, MoviePlus Productions will retain its identity and DNA and will continue to be operated by David Mandil, the founding CEO, a leading producer in the region and beyond. Endemol Shine Israel’s screenwriting department will continue to operate separately under the direction of Head of Drama, Gal Zaid.

David Mandil, CEO, MoviePlus: “Movieplus has been producing for 20 years. The team and I are very proud of the path we have taken that has led us to this great endeavor. We are very honored to work with Banijay and Endemol Shine Israel and are determined to grasp this opportunity and create high-end content together. Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to work with many talented creators, writers and directors, and we look forward to many more challenging and fascinating projects.”

Marco Bassetti, CEO, Banijay: “David is an amazing storyteller who has honed a business built on creativity, originality and most importantly quality. He is a welcome addition as we continue to expand our position as the number one content artist, and we look forward to further expanding our offering of premium scripts to the Israeli market through the combined strength of Endemol Shine Israel and MoviePlus Productions.”

Amir Ganor, CEO of Endemol Shine Israel: “MoviePlus, under David’s leadership, has built a fantastic reputation in our industry for its premium delivery feature lengthFilms and series that conquer the world. Working with the best writers, directors and crews, his titles have become permanent fixtures on the global awards circuit and we are proud to welcome him and the team to our home.

Together we can continue to expand our offering and solidify Israel’s position as a home of quality creativity.”

Endemol Shine Israel has been a long-time player in the script space with publications to date including: Valley of tears, one of the biggest and most successful dramas from Israel, launched on IPBC and sold to HBO Max; Queenssold to multiple territories last year and was nominated for an International Emmy,Fifty. Endemol Shine Israel also won two international Emmys for its titles, Traffic light and Nevsu.

By joining the Banijay family and its global portfolio of labels, MoviePlus Productions will have the opportunity to undertake co-production ventures with other screenwriting outfits around the world. Additionally, as part of the deal, upcoming titles will now be distributed by Banijay Rights.

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For further inquiries please contact:

Kate Humphreys, Global Head of Communication @ Banijay

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +44 7792 222769

About Banijay

Banijay is the largest independent content producer and distributor; Home to over 120 production companies in 23 territories and a multi-genre catalog with over 130,000 hours of outstanding original programming.

The group is a collective of creative entrepreneurs and represents some of the biggest global brands including Survivor, Big Brother, Starstruck, Peaky Blinders, MasterChef, Rogue Heroes, Blow Up, Mr Bean, Hunted, Black Mirror, Love Triangle and Marie Antoinette, among other. The company invents and delivers high-quality, multi-genre IP, born locally and distributed globally, offering the best stories, best told.

Founded in 2008, the company is founded on independence, creative freedom, collaborative entrepreneurship and business acumen and is led by Chief Executive Officer Marco Bassetti.

About FL Entertainment

Founded by Stéphane Courbit, a 30-year entertainment pioneer and entrepreneur, FL Entertainment Group is a leading global provider of multimedia content and gaming, combining the strengths of Banijay, the world’s largest independent producer distributor, with Betclic Everest Group , the fastest growing group of online sports betting platforms in Europe. In 2021, FL Entertainment, through Banijay and Betclic Everest Group, reported combined revenues and Adjusted EBITDA of €3.5 billion and €609 million, respectively. FL Entertainment will be listed on Euronext Amsterdam in July 2022. ISIN: NL0015000X07 – Bloomberg: FLE NA – Reuters: FLE.AS

About Endemol Shine Israel

Two-time International Emmy Award winner Endemol Shine Israel is one of the country’s leading TV production companies, creating compelling stories for the local and international market.

The company creates and produces critically acclaimed, well-loved series across all genres. This included Valley of tears, one of the biggest and most successful dramas from Israel, launched on IPBC and sold to HBO Max; Queens; and Fifty.

Endemol Shine Israel prides itself on attracting the best talent in the industry and serves as a bridge between Israel’s television industry and the rest of the world.

The company is behind various unscripted productions, including Israel’s biggest hit reality show Big Brother, “survivor”; MasterChef since 2022; Game of Cooks and Stripped to name a few.

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