13 AUG 2020

BANIJAY CONFIRMED JACOB HOULIND AS CEO OF BANIJAY NORDIC

Set to oversee all operations across its portfolio of 24 companies, Houlind’s remit spans Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and also the UK and United States, following the recent expansion of Yellow Bird.

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Content producer and distributor Banijay confirmed Jacob Houlind as CEO of Banijay Nordic. Set to oversee all operations across its portfolio of 24 companies, his remit spans Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and also the UK and United States, following the recent expansion of Yellow Bird.

Driving a multi-brand strategy, which promotes creativity, diversity and originality, Houlind will be at the forefront of managing the territory’s investment in creativity and content development. Finding, nurturing and developing talent, he will continue to build a home for the best creatives across the Nordics. Together with Banijay and Banijay Rights, the Nordic division will continue to focus on local and innovative IP with global appeal.

A creative hotbed, the business produces some of the region’s biggest hits, including “Survivor,” “The Island,” “Fort Boyard,” “MasterChef,” “All Against 1,” “Best Singer,” “Big Brother,” “Luxury Trap,” “Biggest Loser,” “71 Degrees North,” “The Wall,” “Paradise Hotel,” and “All Together Now,” among many others.

The integration process is now in progress and is expected to be complete by the European fall. Karin Stjärne will subsequently leave the business on August 31, having been CEO of Endemol Shine Nordics since 2017. While in role, she built a successful operation, increased international format sales, and secured a number of new titles.

“Jacob has long been a part of Banijay’s journey. An entrepreneur with a strong creative eye, he is an admirable leader, commercially astute and the best pair of hands to oversee what will be an even more significant region for us moving forwards. With scale, an immense portfolio of IP and some of the best talent in the business, we are excited to see what he and the team have in store for the future. In the meantime, I’d like to thank Karin for her efforts over the years in building up the EndemolShine Nordics portfolio and production offering,”  said Marco Bassetti, CEO of Banijay.

Meanwhile, Jacob Houlind commented: “Banijay Nordic has long been the home of some of the region’s strongest talent and I am honoured to be welcoming a host of new creative entrepreneurs into the fold. Combining the strengths of both groups and continuing a multi-brand strategy with a strong focus on creativity, I hope Banijay Nordic will long-continue to be a renowned home for the best creatives in the region – on and off-screen, and a home for IP that travels the world. A special thanks goes to Karin who has built a strong operation in EndemolShine Nordics and successfully put new and successful scripted, as well as non-scripted titles on the Nordic map”.

Houlind has been Group CEO and co-owner of Nordisk Film TV since February 2006, selling the company to Banijay in 2009. He later took up the position of Group CEO of Banijay Nordic, as a result of the merger of former Nordisk Film TV in the Nordics and Zodiak Media.

Banijay Nordic has long been the home of some of the region’s strongest talent and I am honoured to be welcoming a host of new creative entrepreneurs into the fold” Jacob Houlind CEO of Banijay Nordic

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