Banijay Studios Hires Rebecca Mayer to Lead Programming for North America

Mayer recently had an unscripted overall deal with Universal Television

Banijay Studios North America is bringing in unscripted programming vet Rebecca Mayer to lead programming, in the newly-created role of executive vice president of programming and production.

Mayer, who spent the last three years under an overall deal with Universal Television Alternative Studio, will focus on expanding the studio’s development and current slate in the U.S., creating original content for broadcast, cable and streaming. She will report to David Goldberg, Banijay Studios North America president and CEO.

“I am thrilled to welcome Rebecca to the Banijay family,” said Goldberg. “Her extensive producing experience, creativity and infectious enthusiasm make her the ideal choice to oversee our development and programming departments. I have no doubt that she will be a great asset to the future of our company.”

Mayer has served as showrunner and executive producer on docuseries, reality, live, and live-to-tape formats in the U.S. and UK, including the news talk series “TakePart Live” (Pivot), “Toddlers & Tiaras” (TLC) and “FABLife” (Disney/ABC). Mayer began her career in casting (Intervention, Kid Nation) and has worked extensively in production and development. She also worked on formats including NBC’s comedy competition series “Bring the Funny,” musical competition series “Songland” and sports competition series “The Titan Games,” hosted by Dwayne Johnson.

Banijay Group, the French production group behind “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Survivor,” acquired Endemol Shine in October, the company that produces “Black Mirror,” “Peaky Blinders” and “MasterChef.”