The new commission marks the return of the format to French screens after a successful six-year run on TF1. It will launch under the French title Le Maillon Faible, with well-known French journalist, TV and radio personality Julien Courbet (Sans aucun doute) presenting.
BBC Worldwide has licensed the The Weakest Link format to over 40 countries as far flung as Turkey, USA, Mexico, Malaysia, Azerbaijan and Australia. The UK version, which appeared on BBC Two and ran for over 10 years, has aired in over 70 countries worldwide.
Jean-Louis Blot, Director, BBC Worldwide Productions France, said: “We are excited to be working with Banijay Productions France on The Weakest Link. The partnership provides a great creative opportunity to revive this very popular show.”
Alexia Laroche-Joubert, Director, Banijay Productions France, said: “We are very proud to be able to bring The Weakest Link back on air with D8. In this new version, the presence of Julien Courbet will bring a touch of the modern to this fantastic format that the French public hasn't seen for 7 years and which it will be pleased to rediscover.“
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About Banijay Productions France
Banijay Productions France, a Banijay Group company, brings together the skills and experience of two veteran French producers, Alexia Laroche-Joubert and Lionel Vialaneix.
Banijay Productions France produces original content for broadcasters across the French landscape, including hit series Les Ch'tis and Les Marseillais for W9, and Véto Junior and Une Saison au Zoo both for France 4. The company will also produce the upcoming French revival of Le Maillon Faible for D8. New projects for TF1 and M6 are currently in production.
Since 2008, Banijay Productions France has been part of Banijay Group, a leading content creation company for television and multimedia platforms with production entities in 12 countries and strategic partnerships with innovative content creators around the world.
About The Weakest Link
The Weakest Link is a game show which first appeared on British TV (BBC Two) on 14 August 2000 and ended on 31 March 2012 after 1,693 episodes. It has become one of the most popular TV formats in the world with versions produced in countries including Turkey, Mexico, Malaysia, Azerbaijan and Australia.
The original British version of the show is still aired around the world in over 70 countries.
About Julien Courbet
Born on February 7, 1965 in Eysines (Gironde, France) Julien Courbet is a journalist, TV presenter and producer of television and radio. He starts his career in the radio (Radio Angora, WIT FM) and then, begins on television. First, he works with locals channels from his native region (France 3 Aquitaine) before joining large national channel with France 2 alongside Jacques Martin. When he arrives in 1993 on the leading TV channel, TF1, he leads for 14 long years the hit show Sans aucun doute and becomes the scams specialist. At the same time, he hosts on RTL radio Ca peut vous arriver, the radio version of his flagship show. Julien Courbet arrives on France 2 in fall 2008 and hosts Service Maximum. During his five years of collaboration with the channel he hosts several entertainment programs as 4ème Duel and En toutes lettres. In 2013, he comes back to the head of the emission that made him famous Sans aucun doute on TMC. In September 2014, he will host the game Le Maillon Faible, on the channel D8. Julien Courbet has also his own production company La Concepteria which produces the largest TV shows in French television as Confessions Intimes, Tous Ensemble, Le jour où tout a basculé or Pascal, le grand frère.
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