Youngest Media and French production house Deeply Superficial partner to form youngest Media France
The new venture follows the recent launch of youngest Media Germany
Entertainment studio youngest Media today announced further international expansion with a deal to establish a new operation, youngest Media France. The French company is being launched in partnership with Deeply Superficial, the production house started up in 2018 by former Shine France founder and CEO, Thierry Lachkar.
Youngest Media France will focus on bringing youngest Media’s hit formats to local audiences across TV, digital video and apps, as well as collaborating with Deeply Superficial on launching new shows for the French and international marketplaces. Youngest Media has already achieved success in the French market with its innovative dating format, Game of Clones, which launched on NRJ12 last year.
The new venture in France follows the launch of youngest Media Germany in September, which came alongside the commission of the company’s latest format, Battle of the Bands (w/t), which will debut in 2020 on RTL II.
Lucas Church and David Flynn, co-founders of youngest Media, said: “Youngest Media was set up to be globally facing from day one and, with this latest launch, we now have on-the-ground presence in three of the world’s major markets, in addition to the growing reach of our international formats. In France, we couldn’t have a better partner than Thierry – he is among the best in the business and has proven time and again that he knows how to deliver a hit for his market.”
Thierry Lachkar, founder of Deeply Superficial said, “We are excited and proud to be partnering with youngest Media in France. David and Lucas are exceptional creative entrepreneurs who have grown their business by innovating in a fast-changing marketplace. Together, as youngest Media France, we look forward to bringing world class creativity to French screens across a diversity of genres and platforms.”
Founded in 2016 by David Flynn and Lucas Church and with headquarters in London, youngest Media is an innovative entertainment studio delivering ambitious content to broadcasters, digital platforms, commercial partners and directly to fans around the world.
The company’s popular formats include Small Fortune, which launched in a primetime Saturday night slot on ITV with an audience of over 3 million and recently sold to NBC in the U.S. Other international successes have included Game of Clones which has sold to multiple territories including the US, UK, Germany and France and soon to be launched docu-reality show HouseShare for BBC Three.
Deeply Superficial is the independent production house founded by Thierry Lachkar in 2018. Since its launch, the company has developed a slate of scripted and unscripted projects with leading talent, writers, creatives and directors attached.
In his former position as founder and CEO of Shine France, Thierry Lachkar was responsible for delivering some of the most popular shows in the French market, including local adaptations of The Voice, The Voice Kids and MasterChef, among a diverse slate of other hits.