France Télévisions & TF1 claim compensation for Canal+ free-to-view move

French broadcasters France Télévisions and TF1 have taken legal action against Canal+ and claimed over €40m ($46m) in compensation over the latter’s decision to air a number of movies free-to-view during the pandemic lockdown last year. The pair have accused the pay TV broadcaster of ignoring France’s strict windowing regime by jumping the gun to […]

BBC Two becomes first int’l buyer of Canal+ drama ‘Marie Antoinette’

BBC Two in the UK has become the first international buyer of eight-part historical drama Marie Antionette. The show, which is sold by Banijay Rights, is being produced by Banijay Studios France, Capa Drama and Les Gens for French group Canal+. The drama has been created and written by Deborah Davis (The Favourite) and tells […]

Canal+ buys FilmBox, Kino Polska owner SPI International

France’s Canal+ has struck a deal to take a 70% stake in SPI International, the European TV channel and streamer operator behind brands including FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska and recently launched SVOD Dizi. Loni Farhi, who founded SPI almost three decades ago, will continue to manage the business alongside CEO Berk Uziyel. Financial details have […]

Sky, Canal+ order ‘Django’ series adaptation with Cattleya & Atlantique

European pay operator Sky and France’s Canal+ have joined forces for a reimagining of the classic Western Django, which is being produced by ZeroZeroZero prodco Cattleya and The Eddy’s Atlantique Productions. The 10 x 60-minutes drama will be loosely based on the Sergio Corbucci feature film and will feature Matthias Schoenaerts (The Danish Girl) in the title […]

Canal+, Quebecor join for Xavier Dolan drama based on 2019 play

French pay-TV operator Canal+ has linked up with sibling production house Studiocanal and Canada’s Quebecor Content on the first drama series to come from award-winning director Xavier Dolan. The Night Logan Woke Up is a five-part psychological thriller adapted from Michel Marc Bouchard’s eponymous hit theatre production, which is set in the 1990s and tracks the […]

France’s Canal+ expands viewer engagement offer with LiveLike deal

France’s Canal+ has struck a deal with an audience engagement platform that allows viewers to interact more closely together. The agreement with US-based LiveLike provides Canal+ viewers with a range of interactive offerings available during live broadcasts, such as polls, quizzes, predictions and alerts. The tech was used within the my Canal platform this weekend […]

Ex-Salto chief Julien Verley preps ‘French BritBox’ for US launch

France Channel, a BritBox-like international SVOD service for French original programming, is to launch in the US early next year after concluding an agreement with Netgem to provide its distribution technology platform. The service, the brainchild of former France Télévisions and Canal+ executive Julien Verley, will deliver French original programming abroad, with the US service […]

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