Banijay, today announces that the planned acquisition of Sony Productions Film und Fernseh Produktions GmbH Germany (Sony Pictures Television Germany) from Sony Pictures is complete. Following customary closing conditions, Banijay Germany has secured 100% stake in the company.
Founded in 1995, the label will operate under a new guise, Noisy Pictures GmbH, with Astrid Quentell and Mirek Nitsch remaining in position. The company is behind an impressive slate of shows including the award-winning Die Höhle der Löwen (Dragon’s Den), ZDF crime series Heldt, and thriller, Gefährliche Nähe (TVNOW/VOX).
Marcus Wolter, CEO Banijay Germany comments: "Sony Pictures in Germany is known for high-quality scripted titles, a strong catalogue, and successful unscripted productions like Die Höhle der Löwen. On this foundation, we have every faith that the Noisy Pictures team will be another hit-maker in the Banijay Germany family."
Astrid Quentell, Managing Director of Noisy Pictures says: “We are thrilled to be 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 fresh impulses derived from creative exchanges across the new family on the other."
Founded in 2018 by Marcus Wolter and Banijay, Banijay Germany GmbH now comprises over 20 independent labels and is the country’s leading entertainment engine, developing, creating, and producing a hugely diverse array of formats across all genres, and for all clients. Popular 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, Promi Big Brother (Celebrity Big Brother), Mein Lokal, Dein Lokal and Kampf der Realitystars (Battle of the Reality Stars), as well as live shows like 1Live Köln Comedy Night XXL and Nightwash, numerous podcasts and comedy platform MySpass.de.