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France Télévisions SVOD service delayed

France Télévisions remains committed to the launch of a new SVOD platform to take on Netflix, but the project is now unlikely to see the light of day until the spring of next year. About ten French production groups have agreed to license part of their catalogues on a revenue-share basis for the project, but […]

Programming chief to leave France Télévisions

France Télévisions’ programming chief Xavier Couture is to leave the group early next year to focus on personal projects. Couture, who is director of strategy and programming at the public broadcaster, will leave at the end of January or the beginning of February. News of Couture’s departure was first reported by news site Puremedias.com on […]

France Télévisions budget woes deepen

French parliamentarians have withdrawn support for a move to ameliorate an additional €50 million (US$58.8 million) in budget cuts imposed on the country’s public broadcaster, France Télévisions. Deputies from the ruling La République en Marche party quashed moves to modify the cuts by about €20 million by pushing back new rules that will prevent advertising […]

Pubcasters pact to combat Netflix, Amazon threat

Two of Europe’s primary public broadcasters are strategically combining their arsenals to combat the growing threat of Netflix and Amazon. France Télévisions and Italy’s Rai will coproduce a range of high-end programmes across genres such as drama, documentaries, animation and entertainment. These will all be in English “in order to be able to compete on […]

France Télévisions, Super RTL welcome Mike

Pubcaster France Télévisions and Germany’s Super RTL have pre-bought TeamTO’s latest animated series, Take it Easy Mike. The hyper-realistic slapstick toon is currently in pre-production ahead of delivery in 2018 and broadcast debut in 2019. The 78x7mins, non-dialogue comedy series follows a pug with refined tastes, whose attempts to seduce the neighbour’s dog are undone […]

France Télévisions names Recayte successor

France Télévisions has appointed pay TV veteran Julien Verley as its new director of commercial development, charged with overseeing the French public broadcaster’s commercial units and production activities. Verley, who will take up his post on May 9, succeeds Laetitia Recayte, who has occupied the role since August 2015. The role involves supervision of the […]

Laetitia Recayte leaving France Télévisions

Laetitia Recayte is exiting France Télévisions this summer. The former Newen Group exec joined the French pubcaster in a wide-ranging rights exploitation role in late 2015, but is soon leaving the French pubcaster. French trade title Satellifax broke the news this morning. It reported that Recayte’s decision to leave France Télévisions was based upon her remuneration […]

Leroux to lead UK base for Newen

Julien Leroux will lead a London office for French production and distribution firm Newen Group. The exec has been named executive VP, sales and content development for Newen Distribution UK. The new base, details of which first emerged last year, is planned in order to boost sales of high-end programming and work on more English-language […]

France 5 orders The Real War of Thrones

French pubcaster France Télévisions has greenlit The Real War of Thrones: A History of Europe, a four-part doc series about the history of Europe. Indie prodco Pernel Media is making the series for the France 5 net and will produce French and international versions. The series will use drama reconstruction to focus on a period […]

BBC announces Blue Planet II

The BBC has officially unveiled its latest blue-chip natural history series, Blue Planet II, and will launch it to international buyers at its Showcase event in Liverpool this week. Sir David Attenborough will narrate the series, which was previously known as Ocean and will look at underwater environments and animals across every continent. BBC Studios’ […]

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