Newen Group

Julien Leroux exiting Newen Distribution UK

Julien Leroux is leaving his post as executive VP of sales and content at the UK arm of France’s Newen Group, TBI can reveal. The exec has been with Newen since 2011, initially joining from Groupe AB to become sales and acquisitions director. He rose through the ranks to become deputy-managing director of Paris-based Newen […]

Deutsche Telekom orders first original

German pay TV provider Deutsche Telekom has commissioned its first original series, a French-coproduced comedy. The move into original production is a “logical step” for Deutsche Telekom following the launch of Ultra-HD services and its first exclusive acquisitions for its new Entertain TV streaming platform, its execs say. The show, Germanized, is a 10x30mins comedy […]

Swiss firm launches €50m TV drama fund

Swiss film financier Silver Reel is reportedly launching a €50 million (US$58.8 million) television drama production fund. The Guardian yesterday reported the company, also a film producer, wants to take advantage of the weakened pound, which has fallen since the Brexit vote. Sliver Reel managing partner Claudia Bluemhuber said she was planning to launch a […]

Newen debuts €50m UK drama fund

France’s Newen Group has created a €50 million (US$54.8 million) drama investment fund. TF1 Group-owned Newen will seek to invest in high-end scripted series from the UK to build up its portfolio of English-language content through sales arm Newen Distribution. To support the plan Newen has created an advisory board that includes veteran UK TV […]

Netflix creates 400 Euro jobs, new originals

SVOD giant Netflix is on a European charm offensive, creating 400 jobs at a new Amsterdam customer service base and ordering new originals from the continent. The office was unveiled this week, initially employing 170 staff, 345 by the end of the year and 400 by 2019. It will service eleven territories (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, […]

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 […]

ITV buys French drama group

UK broadcaster ITV has acquired control of Tetra Media Studio, the French prodco behind drama series Profilage and Un Village Français (pictured). Tetra becomes the latest French production entity to a major European broadcaster, coming just over a year after Profilages network TF1 controversially acquired Newen Group. Buying a majority stake in Tetra gives ITV […]

TF1 completes Newen deal

TF1 has completed its controversial 70% buyout of French producer and distributor Newen Group. In a statement, France’s largest commercial broadcaster said that it had obtained clearance from all the relevant authorities and has completed the deal under terms it agreed last year. TF1 and FLCP, the holding company of the Newen Group, agreed in […]

France Télévisions confirms plan to axe Newen

France Télévisions has reportedly confirmed it will no longer create new projects with Newen Group after protracted talks ended in deadlock. According to local reports, the French pubcaster has “stopped” negotiations on future Newen projects after it emerged commercial market leader TF1 Group was buying 70% of the production company. It had previously said it […]

Furious France Télévisions suspends Newen work

TF1’s potential acquisition of production and sales group Newen has sparked a furious reaction from France Télévisions. The French pubcaster has suspended all of its development work with Newen after market-leading commercial broadcaster TF1 released a statement that revealed it could take a majority stake in the Paris-based indie firm. Newen makes shows such as […]