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Federation lands global rights to Twice Upon A Time

Federation Entertainment has picked up worldwide rights to Arte miniseries Twice Upon A Time.  Co-produced by Unité de Production and Arte France, the sci-fi drama marks the TV debut of Valley of Love film director Guillaume Nicloux, and follows a man desperate to win back his ex given the opportunity to do so by going back in time. Gaspard […]

Arte’s Sting doc finds European homes

An Arte France-commissioned doc about enigmatic singer Sting has sold to broadcasters in the UK, Italy and Spain among others. Sting – A Free Man has gone to pay TV channel Sky Arts in the UK, Mediaset in Italy, Canal+ and Planete+ in Poland, Movistar+ in Spain, Radio-Canada and Canuck compatriot ARTV, VRT in Belgium, […]

Former France Télévisions boss dies at 62

Former France Télévisions director-general Rémy Pflimlin has died at the age of 62. Pflimlin died on Saturday. According to French press reports, he was hospitalised a month ago at the Pitié Salpêtrière hospital for cancer treatment. “It is with great sadness that Delphine Ernotte -Cunci, director-general of France Télévisions, the management and employees have learned […]

Zed replaces exiting sales chief with Persyn

Chloé Persyn is to become director of international distribution at French production and sales outfit Zed. She will replace Céline Payot-Lehmann, who is headed for Arte France as head of international distribution, Arte Sales. Persyn has been with Zed since 2010, when she joined from France Télévisions Distribution as a sales executive. Payot-Lehmann had been […]

CuriosityStream joins $3.6m 4K doc

Factual-focused SVOD service CuriosityStream has prebought a US$3.6 million blue-chip documentary series from France. The platform joins Arte France and French producer-distributor Zed on Sacred Spaces, which will be produced in 4x90mins primetime, 4x52mins and 15x26mins formats. Shot with 4K cameras, the series will tell the story of humankind and faith through remarkable religious constructs. […]

Factual SVOD net, Arte create Living Universe

Subscription on-demand service CuriosityStream and European cultural broadcaster Arte have co-commissioned a science-themed doc series and accompanying feature film. The Living Universe comes from Australian indie Essential Media and Entertainment and French producer-distributor Zed. This comprises a 4x60mins TV series and a 1x90mins feature documentary. Set in the past, present and future, it will look […]

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 […]

French documentaries singled out

Despite European public channels closing documentary slots and growing competition from hosted factual and reality series, the French single doc industry is finding success by diversifying and while presales are tough to secure, emerging territories are seeking international copro partners. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly explores the market. At MIPDoc in April, five out of the ten most […]

International factual execs confirmed for Tokyo TV Forum

International documentary channel buyers and programme managers will convene in Tokyo next month after the Japanese producers’ association has confirmed it will host another edition of the Tokyo TV Forum. The TV pitching event was launched last year to highlight factual projects from the country. The second edition of the event will take place this […]