Paris – Continuing its growth strategy in the English speaking content market, Marco Bassetti, CEO of the Banijay Group, an independent content creator, producer and distributor of globally recognised television series and multimedia entertainment, announced that it has signed a deal with award-winning U.S.-based production company Stephen David Entertainment (SDE). The agreement sees Banijay Group take a controlling interest in the production company to enrich Banijay’s catalogue with a library of ready-made original series and to expand into producing new original series and larger-scale scripted entertainment in the U.S. for global exploitation across the Banijay infrastructure.

Stephen David, Founder and President of SDE, will report to David Goldberg, Banijay Group President and Banijay Studios North America CEO. SDE will be the latest acquisition of the Banijay Group in the U.S. after the very successful Bunim-Murray Productions, managed by Jon Murray, and the newly launched Banijay Studios North America.

SDE produces non-scripted content and scripted documentary series including Emmy® nominated docudrama mini-series The World Wars (History); Emmy® winning event mini-series The Men Who Built America (History) and The West (Discovery Channel); anthology mini-series American Genius (National Geographic Channel) and true crime series Redrum. SDE’s most recent production, the brand new three-part event mini-series Sons of Liberty, premieres in the U.S. on 25th January on History. SDE is an end-to-end television production and development company based out of New York City, with its own in-house post-production facility.

Marco Bassetti, Banijay Group CEO, commented, “This new deal underlines our policy to expand our footprint in the English-speaking market, bringing added value to our business as a whole. I have huge respect for Stephen and very much admire the high quality and entertaining programmes he produces. With SDE on board, our presence in the U.S. market becomes even stronger and more diverse.”