AB International Distribution

AB taps Upside for doc sales chief

France’s AB International Distribution has appointed Upside Distribution’s Arianna Castoldi to become its head of documentary sales. She replaces Charlotte Tachet, and will be in charge of the company’s doc catalogue sales, presales and coproductions after spending four years with Upside. Castoldi will also oversee distribution agreements with indie producers. She joins from Upside, which […]

Zag’s Miraculous toon travels the world

French producer Zag has shopped its upcoming animated series Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir to a raft of international broadcasters. Disney EMEA, TF1 in France, ABC in Australia and EBS in Korea will all transmit the 3D CGI show, which follows on from the original LadyBug series. The show follows a pair of Parisian […]

AB, Arte and Xilam pick up French distribution gongs

French distributors’ trade body TVFI has awarded AB International Distribution, Arte France and Xilam Animation top honours in its annual awards. AB beat TF1 International and EuropaCorp to win the drama category for Desperate Parents, the comedy series from French prodco Elephant Story and which has sold as a finished show and a format. In […]

AB International hires digital boss

France-based sales house AB International Distribution has recruited Jeremy Charron as its first digital sales chief. Charron has joined AB from RTL-backed French broadcaster M6 where he was sales manager for the TV channel and its movie distribution offshoot SND. He started at M6 in 2000, moving up to marketing manager in 2004 and then […]

Creatives speaking: Gilles Bannier on Paris

Gilles Bannier was lined up to direct The Tunnel, the Canal+ and Sky remake of hit Scandinavian drama Bron (The Bridge), but he put that to one side after a call from the producer of Paris, a new drama series from Engrenages (Spiral) writer Virginie Brac. “I heard it was written by Virginie, and her […]