Banijay Rights’ Cathy Payne – WORLD SCREEN

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Banijay Rights’ Cathy Payne – WORLD SCREEN

As a part of the Banijay Group, Banijay Rights can supply scripted and unscripted programming from greater than 120 manufacturing corporations in 22 territories. CEO Cathy Payne leads groups situated all over the world who work with in-house and third-party producers, serving to them finance exhibits with native roots however worldwide enchantment. Regardless of persevering with shifts and heated competitors within the world tv enterprise, demand for content material stays excessive. Payne sees ample alternatives for an organization with scale, a pipeline of product and the sources to carry a mission to market effectively.

***Image***WS: What impression is the battle amongst world streamers having on the worldwide manufacturing and distribution enterprise?
PAYNE: I see the distribution enterprise affected three-fold.

Firstly, studio-backed streamers proceed to carry their product for their very own direct-to-consumer companies whereas reclaiming sure library content material because it comes out of license off different platforms. This has lowered the quantity of content material obtainable to different companies and conventional linear purchasers, which implies they should look elsewhere. You’ve seen the growth of Netflix and Amazon studio bases as examples of countering this.

However on the identical time, linear broadcasters are nonetheless performing extraordinarily strongly. As an illustration, I used to be current Sunday night time viewing figures within the U.Okay. and it’s fairly clear that linear isn’t useless. Scripted collection like Name the Midwife, Set off Level and The Good Karma Hospital are delivering massive audiences alongside very established factual applications, and conventional broadcasters are competing by increasing what have been initially their catch-up companies into distinctive VOD choices in their very own proper—typically comprising a closely home taste. This enables broadcasters’ commissioning budgets to focus throughout linear and VOD. Going ahead, you will notice an rising variety of content material partnerships aligning with linear broadcasters to fund their unique exhibits.

Lastly, there’s the realm of regulation and viewers desire to contemplate. Native viewers prefer to see native tales, in addition to worldwide ones. Layered on high of that, we’re seeing elevated regulation in relation to streaming companies round native market spend. Worldwide streaming corporations know they should cater to these native audiences for each causes, and that is evident by their elevated home market commissioning.

Whenever you mix all these waves, it actually is kind of an thrilling time—it’s aggressive for the very best expertise, greatest tales, greatest IP, and it’s important to be able to have the ability to supply that. When you could have one thing that everyone desires, leverage will be very excessive.

WS: Manufacturing corporations are banding collectively to create scale. Banijay definitely has scale. What alternatives do you see on this marketplace for Banijay Rights?
PAYNE: We’re very lucky to be a part of the Banijay group, as this offers Banijay Rights with a product pipeline from our corporations. That mentioned, we nonetheless must compete for mentioned product, and my mantra stays in place that I don’t need any inner producer to work with Banijay Rights until they really feel we’re doing the absolute best job for them.

For these distributors who should not have an in-house product pipeline, it may be very difficult securing product in a aggressive market. However sure, Banijay does supply scale; and whenever you work with Banijay Rights, you’re coping with a world group of gross sales consultants situated in key territories. They know their markets and are deep into the person ecosystems of these territories.

It at all times helps that our manufacturing corporations are supported by sturdy central companies resembling Artistic Networks, Banijay’s concepts powerhouse led by Lucas Inexperienced and James Townley. The flexibility to internally share so many manufacturing learnings is invaluable. Covid-19 is an effective instance of this, as we had a number of territories impacted at totally different instances to totally different levels, with every informing a call from one to the following. The upside to that is big, particularly when manufacturing requires a world location or totally different productions are sharing the identical location or companies.

Having scale additionally means we’re in a position to make funding choices quick and early. It additionally boosts the group’s potential to supply sources that assist producers in longer-term growth or buying particular IP. Consequently, this definitely offers extra choices to our manufacturing corporations.

WS: Would you give examples of how you could have helped writers or producers finance and distribute their exhibits?
PAYNE: We’ve got at all times been concerned at a really early stage. We sit down with our manufacturing companions and talk about their upcoming slates on the first alternative, due to this fact facilitating lots of worldwide market suggestions that flows into the method. We work on indicative financing plans and can evaluation varied choices to market. We learn the whole lot from remedies to scripts.

WS: What scripted exhibits are you providing purchasers?
PAYNE: We’re very fortunate that in 2022 we’ve a number of returning, much-loved franchises mixed with new releases. Amongst our new, premier scripted choices is Rogue Heroes for the BBC, a giant piece from the Banijay UK-owned manufacturing firm Kudos and primarily based on Ben Macintyre’s e-book in regards to the formation of the SAS. That is penned for tv by none apart from Steven Knight, the worldwide famous person author behind Peaky Blinders. Rogue Heroes is about as massive because it will get in British scripted.

In the meantime, we’re all excited in regards to the upcoming landmark historic drama Marie Antoinette, from Banijay Studios France and CAPA Drama for Canal+, penned by Deborah Davis, the author behind The Favorite. Deborah is understood for her in-depth analysis, and this new collection delivers new insights into the extremely trendy and avant-garde younger queen.

As well as, we’ve one other Kudos collection, Then You Run, a darkish however at instances humorous thriller commissioned by Sky for the U.Okay., Germany and Italy and primarily based on Zoran Drvenkar’s novel You.

I’m additionally actually stunned at how a lot enterprise we’re doing with what I name our “super-domestic programming,” which by nature can typically be somewhat lighter in tone. Signora Volpe, My Ballerina and Detective Maria Kallio are three that sit on this banding, all of that are attracting lots of consideration.

WS: Additionally getting lots of consideration are big-budget exhibits. Does a big funds at all times imply a present will probably be a success?
PAYNE: Successful to me is a mixture of two issues: reaching the meant viewers and doing nice enterprise for the channel or platform and delivering monetary reward for the producers by sturdy worldwide syndication. In fact, whereas scripted budgets are solely going within the one path—upward—the dimensions of the funds doesn’t assure success.

WS: Unscripted can be a really massive a part of Banijay Rights’ providing. What traits do you see in unscripted?
PAYNE: Meals stays a robust development, and our main providing on this area continues to be MasterChef. Actual folks, actual mealsis a phrase we’ve at all times hooked up to MasterChef, and with the large success of the format globally, it’s clear to see how properly this present resonates. In February, we landed one in every of our most vital offers of the yr thus far when the BBC agreed to a six-year dedication to 4 MasterChef franchises within the U.Okay.

I’m additionally seeing big progress in biographical items throughout the board. We noticed the large success of the Workerbee documentary occasion collection Janet Jackson on Lifetime and A&E, which achieved an incredible viewers of 15.7 million. New biographical documentaries like these, it appears, are at all times within the information, and we’ll proceed our curiosity in different folks’s tales and private journeys.

Nonetheless, audiences are additionally heading to structure, engineering and design programming, and we’ve a considerable amount of home-based content material that continues to carry out.

WS: In the course of the previous two years, demand for content material was very excessive, even throughout Covid-19 manufacturing shutdowns, delays and restarts. What’s the outlook for this yr and subsequent? Do you see demand remaining excessive?
PAYNE: Sure, I do. So many premium scripted exhibits are coming again or have returned this yr, with the likes of The Crown, Peaky Blinders (the sixth and last season), Succession and My Sensible Buddy, to call only a few.

As all these streaming companies purpose to develop and drive subscriptions, the hunt for content material will stay aggressive. And by way of library content material, the appearance of AVOD platforms—together with FAST—choices is driving demand for well-established library franchises.

Seemingly, there have by no means been extra locations to observe content material, and we’ll little doubt see how all these companies group up or consolidate to compete on this ever-competitive area. As an illustration, the linear carriage platform deal turns into a VOD platform carriage association. In the meantime, the market will proceed to be scorching for IP, and the current investments made in music and literary mental property show that horizons proceed to broaden on this world.

WS: Are there any traits you see in financing?
PAYNE: Manufacturing prices have risen attributable to quite a few elements: Covid protocols, demand for studios and crews, the price of securing on- and offscreen expertise and IP rights. In fact, providing scale helps in working by these financing challenges.

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