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Banijay U.K. Executive Chair Peter Salmon Steps Down

Pater Salmon, executive chair Banijay U.K., will step down from his role at Easter 2022.

The Banijay group took over Endemol Shine in a $2.2 billion deal, which was finalized in 2020. Salmon’s departure comes as the U.K. integration process has been completed.

A replacement for Salmon is expected to be named imminently.

Salmon served six years with Endemol Shine where he began as global chief creative officer before taking on the U.K. chair position, where he worked in tandem with CEO Lucinda Hicks to consolidate Banijay U.K.

Banijay U.K. now comprises 20 companies spanning scripted and unscripted, including Dragonfly, IWC, Kudos, RDF, Remarkable, Shine TV, Tiger Aspect, Workerbee, Yellow Bird U.K. and Zeppotron.

Banijay CEO Marco Bassetti said: “Peter has been a great partner with Lucinda leading the integration in the U.K. While the business continues to grow and evolve from here-on-in, the initial integration is complete, and we understand now is an opportune time for him to move on to pastures new. We thank him for all his hard work this past 18 months and we wish him all the best with whatever comes next.”

Salmon added: “It’s been tremendous fun first of all spearheading the creative charge globally for the group, then helping lead such a powerhouse of U.K. producers this past couple of years, supporting Lucinda and a brilliant team of MDs. Banijay U.K. is now well and truly established and thriving, and it’s a good time to move on. This phase is very much the culmination of the Endemol Shine sale and subsequent consolidation in the U.K., and I’m very happy to have led it to this point – the logical time to move on.”

Salmon previously held senior leadership positions at the BBC, Channel 4, Granada TV and The Television Corporation.

Upcoming Banijay U.K. shows include “Peaky Blinders,” “SAS: Rogue Heroes,” “The Rig” and Idris Elba’s “Fight School.”

The news was first reported by trade publication Broadcast.

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