Show of the week: Black West

While most will be familiar with the image of John Wayne or Clint Eastwood riding through the Wild West, this one-off documentary explores the widely unacknowledged truth that in 1875, one in four American cowboys was Black. “The film will open our eyes to this hidden reality: there were African-Americans in the Wild West. There […]

Newen merges Telfrance, CAPA & 17 Juin to form new French division

French production and distribution group Newen has restructured its domestic operations by combining Telfrance, CAPA and 17 Juin into a single entity. Newen France will be led by Vincent Meslet, the producer of soaps Demain Nous Appartient and Ici Tout Commence. Meslet is a former head of programmes at France 3 and Arte, and takes up the […]

German, Nordic, Spain deals for Canal+’s Versailles

French period drama Versailles has been acquired by a raft of international broadcasters including buyers in Germany and the Nordics. The epic period piece, which was made in English for French premium pay TV broadcaster Canal+, has been bought by pay TV operator C More for the Nordics. In Germany, Sky has bought the series […]

Controversial TF1-Newen deal agreed

TF1’s deal for French production group Newen has been agreed. The agreement will see 70% of the prodco come under the control of TF1, France’s largest commercial broadcaster. This will create a new business that, the partners said, will seek to become a European production and distribution powerhouse. The deal has caused controversy in France, where […]

TF1 in talks to buy Newen stake

French broadcaster TF1 has entered into exclusive talks that could see it acquire a majority stake in production and distribution compatriot Newen Group. A deal would hand the commercial network group a majority stake in the seven-year-old Newen, which produces around 1,300 hours a year and has a sales catalogue of more than 5,000 hours. […]