Paris, October 6, 2022
Bengai Confirms Suggestion having Beyond International Limited
– Producer/Distributor plans to join an ongoing global operation in 22 territories-
ParisAnd the 6 octoBer 2022: Banijay announces today that it has entered into the Instrument for the Implementation of the Scheme (Scheme(to acquire Beyond International Limited (ASX: BYI)behind), a multi-area written and unprogrammed content set. Beyond has been listed on the Australian Stock Exchange since 1987, but once the scheme is implemented, it will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Banijay and its shares will cease to be publicly traded.
Complementing Banijay’s existing catalog of over 130,000 hours, Beyond Rights is home to more than 8000 hours of IP. From external producers and in-house production, its major distributor titles include, but are not limited to, Highway through HellAnd the Heavy Rescue: 401And the serious engineering errorsAnd the Halifax: RetributionAnd the MythBusters And the killer women.
Elsewhere, with a proven track record of production in the English language markets, the most recently announced Beyond Productions titles include Back in Groove, a new dating series for Hulu, co-produced with Walt Disney Television Alternative; multi-region franchise, Love it or include it Australia ; 8-part text string tropo (co-produced with EQ Media) and shown on Freevee USA and ABC Australia; And a number of new series that have not yet been announced are in production in a number of markets.
The Managing Director and CEO of Beyond International Limited, Mikael Borglund, remains in his current position.
Marco BassettiExecutive Director, Bengai comments: “As demand for content continues to rise, the catalog remains key, and in acquiring Beyond we will largely take our offerings. By strengthening our own intellectual property and production portfolio in the real-world English space, with supplemental Beyond content, the deal can To strengthen our position as a leading hub for clients and business partners alike.
Mikael Burglund, Managing Director and CEO of Beyond International Limited comments: “Beyond Board is very supportive of the transaction, which will see us join Banijay Group, cementing its position in an increasingly competitive market. Joining a global leader like this is a very exciting opportunity for us and we look forward to collaborating on new opportunities in the future.”
The acquisition will see Banijay take full control of Beyond International Limited’s group of companies and managements, with all elements of the business covering the former’s production and distribution footprint.
Implementation of the Scheme remains subject to certain conditions including shareholder approval, court approval and other customary closing conditions. It is hoped that the deal will close at the end of 2022 / beginning of 2023.
Banijay is notified about the deal by Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
For further inquiries, please contact:
Kate Humphreys, Global Head of Communications @Banijay
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 7792 222769
Banijay is a leading producer and distributor of content, home to more than 120 production companies in 22 regions, and a multi-genre catalog of over 130,000 hours of original featured programming.
A group of creative entrepreneurs, the group represents some of the biggest global brands including Survivor, Big Brother, Starstruck, Peaky Blinders, MasterChef, Rogue Heroes, Mr Bean, Hunted, ExplodesAnd the black mirror, Marie Antoinette “nameAnd the love triangle And the Unlimited winning, among other things. Imagining and delivering high quality multi-genre IP that originated locally and travels globally, the business delivers the best stories told in the best way.
Founded on independence, creative freedom, collaborative entrepreneurship and business acumen, the company was launched in 2008, and operates under the direction of CEO Marco Bassetti.
About FL Entertainment
Founded by Stéphane Courbit, a 30-year entertainment industry pioneer and leader, FL Entertainment Group is a global leader in multimedia content and games, combining the strengths of Banijay, the world’s largest independent product distributor, with Betclic Everest Group, the fastest growing Online sports betting platform in Europe. In 2021, FL Entertainment through Banijay and Betclic Everest Group reported consolidated revenue, and adjusted EBITDA, of €3.5 billion and €609 million, respectively.
FL Entertainment was listed at Euronext Amsterdam in July 2022.
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About Beyond International Limited
Beyond International Limited ASX: BYI is a leading international producer and director of media content for international distribution via multiple platforms including AVOD, SVOD and broadcast.
Under its umbrella, it has two main operating business divisions – international media production and media rights management and distribution. To date, it has produced more than 5,000 hours of global television across multiple regions and genres including real-life entertainment, documentaries, and premium dramas. Emmy Award-winning, has partnered with line broadcasters around the world, as well as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and National Geographic. Includes headlines MythBusters, The White Rabbit Project, My Lottery Dream Home, Pooch Perfect, Love her or Listed by AustraliaAnd the killer womenAnd the tropo And the Halifax retribution.
In terms of international distribution, Beyond applies its extensive experience in acquiring, managing and exploiting rights, to oversee and market its comprehensive software catalog whether created internally or acquired from external producers. IP licensing for multiple platforms worldwide including AVOD, SVOD and Broadcasting.
The company is headquartered in Dublin and operates internationally.
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