Versailles scoops French export award

TVFI Awards MutimerVersailles has won the drama award at the TV France International 2017 Export Awards.

Industry group TVFI annually awards the best-performing French-originated TV exports with this year’s winners crowned at producers’ association Procirep’s award ceremony for the French Producer of the Year in Paris last night.

Banijay Rights and Versailles beat 100% Distribution with Spin and TF1 Studio with No Second Chance in the French drama category.

The lavish period drama has been shopped by Banijay Group’s sales arm (CEO, Tim Mutimer, pictured above) to buyers including the BBC in the UK, Ovation in the US and Sky in Germany. Canal+ has ordered a second season of the show.

TVFI Awards kidsMediatoon triumphed in the category for animation – a sector of the TV industry in which France is traditionally strong – with Trotro. Cyber Group Studios’ Zorro the Chronicles and Xilam’s Sonic Boom were the other nominees.

In docs Balanga won the export gong for Face to Face, which traces the rivalry between aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus. France TV Distribution, with Apocalypse: The Battle of Verdun, and Terranoa, with Moon, were also in the final selection.

TVFI president Hervé Michel said the launch of online screenings platform Screenopsis has boosted French programme sales internationally, as has the recognition of international sales agents.

“It presents a comprehensive, enriched, targeted and editorialised array of programmes to international acquisition executives,” he said.

“Thanks to the distributors’ association SEDPA, international sales agents of TV programmes now have a legal status in France.”