19 JAN 2023

Banijay Benelux acquires majority stake in Jonnydepony

Banijay Benelux announced it will further expand its scripted activities in Belgium through a majority stake in production company Jonnydepony.

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Philippe De Schepper and Peter Lubbers

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Banijay Benelux announced it will further expand its scripted activities in Belgium through a majority stake in production company Jonnydepony. Further broadening its drama portfolio and content offering both locally and internationally, the label will join the Belgian footprint alongside Banijay Belgium, which is behind successful soap opera “Familie.”

Jonnydepony, founded in 2015 by Philippe De Schepper, is an independent production label specialising in the development and production of high-quality drama series like acclaimed “Black-out” (distributed to eight countries), “Transport” (selected for Series Mania), and “Arcadia” (soon to be seen at VRT, KRO-NCRV and WDR/SWR). Led by Helen Perquy and Philippe De Schepper, it is known for its efficient and professional delivery of alluring international coproductions.

"Jonnydepony has built up a brilliant reputation in Belgium, but also in the Netherlands and Germany, under the leadership of Helen and Philippe. A unique duo with an extremely creative and successful signature, the label is a magnet for great talent, both in front of and behind the camera. We welcome the team with enthusiasm and look forward to expanding the scripted offer together,”  commented Peter Lubbers, CEO of Banijay Benelux.

Helen Perquy and Philippe De Schepper, both CEO and Producer at Jonnydepony, added: "We are proud to enter a new phase together with our team and become part of a renowned international player. In the rapidly evolving media ecosystem, it is nice that a partner like Banijay, which values IP rights, is strong in global distribution and has a global creative network, joins forces with our company. We look forward to working with the group to further grow our business in both the local and international markets."