Bear Grylls, Delbert Shoopman Team With Banijay to Launch The Natural Studios

Variety | 10/13/2019 | Leo Barraclough
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Bear Grylls, the face of survival and outdoor adventure television, and his longtime producing partner, Delbert Shoopman, have teamed with leading global production and distribution powerhouse Banijay Group to launch production company The Natural Studios, which will produce both non-scripted and scripted adventure content.

The new company’s slate includes Emmy-nominated “Hostile Planet” (Nat Geo), “Eco-Challenge” (Amazon), “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” (Nat Geo), Emmy-nominated “You vs. Wild” (Netflix) and BAFTA-winning series “The Island With Bear Grylls” (C4).

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The company, with Grylls and Shoopman as co-CEOs, is funded by Banijay, which serves as its production and distribution partner. Grylls and Shoopman will maintain full strategic control, Banijay said. The outfit will “develop original IP with mass global appeal and nurture the next generation of adrenaline-fueled TV stars worldwide,” according to a statement.

Grylls said: “At its heart this is about building the ultimate home of adventure programming worldwide. The Natural Studios will be providing a home for the best adventure talent to help them create shows with us that inspire and move people to go for it in their lives and to never give up.”

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The launch cements Banijay’s position as one of the leading companies in the adventure space, building on a reputation established with brands such as “Survivor,” “71 Degrees North,” “Fort Boyard,” “The Crystal Maze,” “SAS: Who Dares Wins” and “Stars on the Rocks.”

Marco Bassetti, CEO at Banijay Group, said: “In a crowded marketplace, with many new players, only...
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