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Banijay UK Productions Limited
Banijay UK
  • Edenspring Limited (Jan–Mar 1983)
  • Edenspring Investments Public Limited Company (1983–1987)
  • Broadcast Communications PLC (1987–1998)
  • GMG Endemol Entertainment PLC (1998–2000)
  • Endemol Entertainment UK PLC (2000–2002)
  • Endemol UK PLC (2002–2011)
  • Endemol UK Limited (2011–2018)
  • Endemol Shine UK Limited (2018–2023)
Company typeSubsidiary
GenreProduction company
Founded19 January 1983; 41 years ago (1983-01-19)
HeadquartersShepherd's Bush,
United Kingdom
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Number of employees
Footnotes / references

Banijay UK Productions Limited,[1][2] trading as Banijay UK, is a British production company. Since 2020, the company has been a subsidiary of Banijay. Banijay UK incorporates a number of production brands, including Artists Studio, Darlow Smithson Productions, House of Tomorrow, Initial, Remarkable Entertainment (previously Brighter Pictures and Cheetah Television), Tiger Aspect, Tigress Productions, Zeppotron, and their digital divisions: Endemol Games[3] and Endemol Digital Studio.

After entering a joint venture with 21st Century Fox, additional companies under the new Endemol Shine UK umbrella include Dragonfly, Kudos, and Princess Productions (now defunct). The various television production brands specialize in a broad range of genres including entertainment, reality series, drama series, specialist factual, arts, live events, music entertainment, documentaries, youth shows, and comedy.[4]

In the United Kingdom, Banijay UK is mostly known for producing Big Brother from 2000 onward and also Celebrity Big Brother from 2001 onward


The UK branch of Endemol originated from Peter Bazalgette's sale of his television company Bazal to the Guardian Media Group (GMG) in 1990. In September 1998, Endemol acquired a 50% stake and the division was named GMG Endemol. Endemol bought the company outright from GMG in August 2000.[5]

Since 2000, a series of corporate owners and public stock transactions has culminated in the joint venture of 2014 with 21st Century Fox's Shine Group to form the rebranded Endemol Shine UK, effective January 2015.[6][7]

In January 2016, Endemol UK acquired the short-form and branded content production house Electric Robin and the digital talent management firm OP Talent.[8]

On 30 June 2020, the European Commission approved Banijay's purchase of Endemol Shine UK's parent company Endemol Shine Group.[9] The purchase was completed on 3 July.[10] Endemol Shine UK retained its name until March 2023, when it rebranded under the Banijay name.

On 1 January 2024, Banijay UK announced that RDF Television, RDF West and Fizz would be absorbed into the company, with RDF shows such as Tipping Point and Dickinson's Real Deal being made by Banijay instead.[11]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Diversity in Media Awards TV Moment of the Year Black MirrorSan Junipero Nominated
Diversity in Media Awards Production Company of the Year Tiger Aspect Productions Nominated


  1. ^ a b "BANIJAY UK PRODUCTIONS LIMITED overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Companies House. 19 January 1983. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  2. ^ "Gender Pay Report - Banijay UK Productions Limited ("Banijay UK")" (PDF). Banijay UK. 19 January 1983. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  3. ^ "Endemol Shine Gaming". Archived from the original on 26 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  4. ^ Barraclough, Leo (28 July 2014). "Endemol, Charlie Brooker Launch House of Tomorrow". Variety. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  5. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (27 September 2007). "From That's Life to Big Brother". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Martinson, Jane (11 January 2016). "Endemol Shine president to leave one year after creation of 'mega indie'". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  7. ^ Szalai, Georg (10 October 2014). "Fox, Apollo Complete Deal to Combine Shine, Endemol, Core Media". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  8. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (26 January 2016). "Endemol Shine UK Acquires Short-Form Producer, Digital Talent Agency". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  9. ^ Kanter, Jake (1 July 2020). "Banijay Group's $2.2BN Endemol Shine Group Takeover Approved By European Commission".
  10. ^ "Banijay Closes Endemol Shine Acquisition, Forming Global Production Giant". The Hollywood Reporter. 3 July 2020.
  11. ^ Booth, Martin (2 February 2024). "Award-winning Bristol production company to close after 30 years". Bristol24/7. Retrieved 2 February 2024.