Banijay taps Christian Wikander as Global Head of Scripted

Banijay confirmed the appointment of Christian Wikander as its new Global Head of Scripted. The former HBO Max Nordic executive will join the group on May 1, 2023.

14 DEC 2022

Christian Wikander

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Banijay confirmed the appointment of Christian Wikander as its new Global Head of Scripted. Joining the group on May 1, 2023, he is tasked with spearheading strategic IP creation, driving collaboration across the business’ portfolio of over 50 drama labels, exploiting format potential, and identifying lucrative third-party acquisition opportunities.

Wikander joins from HBO Max Nordic (Warner Bros. Discovery), where, since 2020, he has served as Commissioning Editor & VP of Original Programming. There, he was responsible for developing original scripted series across the entity’s Nordic footprint, partnering with creators, producers, and key talent, both locally and internationally. Prior to this, he was Managing Director for London-based Twelve Town, having joined in 2016 as Head of Drama for Europe. There, he led the company’s overarching business and IP strategy, and content pipeline.

“Having been a commissioner, managing director and producer, Christian has demonstrated not only his immense creative talent and agility as a leader, but importantly, his natural eye for recognizing a story with international potential. With him in place, we feel we have further opportunity to grow our premium scripted offering and heighten Banijay’s reputation as a leader in both local and English-language dramas that connect audiences worldwide,”  said Marco Bassetti, CEO of Banijay, to whom Wikander will report.

“I feel a great sense of pride joining such a well-established, global group like Banijay. A collective of some of the best producers in the business, it is such a well-respected home for local stories that travel the world, and I look forward to collaborating with, and learning from, the brilliantly talented storymakers at the heart of it all. Here’s to 2023, a year of origination, returners and travelling scripted hits,”  Wikander added.

The appointment follows current Global Head of Scripted, Lars Blomgren’s decision to stand down from his role and return to his roots as a producer off-the-back of his recent executive producer role on critically-acclaimed “Scenes from a Marriage.” He will remain at the business part-time until May 1, 2023, to aid a smooth transition period.