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NBCUniversal Formats and Banijay Asia enters into partnership

Madhushree Chakrabarty February 25, 2021

A division of Universal Studio Group, NBCUniversal Formats signed a co-production deal with India’s leading producing company, Banijay Asia. Under the partnership terms, Banijay Asia will now be working with Universal Studio Group to create the local versions of the award-winning shows, Monk, The Titan Games, Suits, Top Chef, Saturday Night Live, and House all over the region. The curated portfolio of the shows that have already achieved great success and will be carefully recreated for the new audiences in the linguistically and culturally diverse nation.

The first-ever partnership deal of the co-production agreement for NBCUniversal Formats is being carried on in India. The agreement is striving to spread and creating local versions of its content all over the world and Asia. One of the most popular productions of NBCUniversal Formats, Suits, has already been adapted for the audiences of Korea and Japan; Saturday Night Live in Japan; and Top Chef in Thailand and Vietnam.

Enrique Guillen, EVP, Commercial Strategy & International Development, Universal Studio Group says “these stories, characters, and formats have proven to have universal appeal. The broad reach and expertise of Banijay Asia across scripted and unscripted content make them our ideal partner to develop and produce these titles for Indian audiences in the language and form that they prefer.”

“These titles are proven hits and carry significant gravitas in the market, with many ingrained in the cultural zeitgeist worldwide,” says Deepak Dhar, CEO, and Founder, Banijay Asia. “Entertaining, story-driven, and hugely adaptable, there is no doubt, with the right talent and partners, we can get India talking about these shows too.”

Banijay Group has entered the South Asian and Indian markets in the year 2018 under the guidance of Deepak Dhar. The conglomerate has seen various associations such as The Kapil Sharma Show with Salman Khan’s SK TV, Roar of the Lion with MS Dhoni’s Dhoni Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Myntra Fashion Superstar with Sushmita Sen, Into the Wild with Bear Grylls with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar,ARRived with AR Rehman, etc.


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