Banijay UK has acquired Caryn Mandabach Productions (CMP), producer of BAFTA-winning global hit drama series Peaky Blinders.

The company was founded by award-winning producer Caryn Mandabach who will pivot to a first-look development and producer agreement with Banijay UK under her newly formed Conduit Productions umbrella.

2. Banijay. Peaky Blinders

Banijay acquires Caryn Mandaback Productions, producer of Peaky Blinders

Before starting CMP in the UK, Mandabach developed and produced hits The Cosby Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock From The Sun, That ’70s Show and Nurse Jackie in the US.

Under the agreement, CMP’s slate of projects and back catalogue transfers to Banijay UK. The group will manage all future series, spin-offs, and brand ventures resulting from that IP including the recently announced Peaky Blinders movie greenlit by Netflix. Mandabach remains attached to the movie as a producer alongside Steven Knight, Cillian Murphy and Guy Heeley.

CMP’s Creative Director Jamie Glazebrook will remain in post with the company, which will continue to operate, post-acquisition, under the new name of Garrison Drama Limited.

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Banijay Rights will continue to distribute and exploit existing and new programmes produced by Garrison Drama Limited.

Banijay UK label Tiger Aspect, has worked alongside CMP as a coproducer on Peaky Blinders for all six series.

Patrick Holland, CEO of Banijay UK, said: “Caryn Mandabach is one of the legends of the UK/US drama markets and Banijay has been hugely privileged to work with her over the years (through Peaky Blinders co-producer Tiger Aspect and via Banijay Rights), especially on the global phenomenon that is Peaky Blinders. Steve Knight’s truly unique vision found a similarly maverick spirit in producer partner Caryn and the series redefined TV drama.”

Mandabach said: “As a serial entrepreneur, I have fortunately been able to help conjure up and maintain rights in hits that resonate with global audiences. ‘Peaky’ was such a show. And imagine my delight in being able to work with Cillian Murphy for 10 years!”

She added: “I know that Patrick and everyone at Banijay are fully aware of the power of this franchise, and they will continue to expand upon the intrinsic value of this uniquely wonderful IP. With Conduit, I look forward to partnering with Banijay on new and equally thrilling ventures.”

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