Series Mania, Telefilm Canada, CNC and BANFF link for Canada-France Series Lab

Organisers of Series Mania Forum, Telefilm Canada, CNC and BANFF World Media Festival have come together to launch a new initiative aimed at expanding French-Canadian cooperation. Canada-France Series Lab has been created as a joint venture between the partners and aim to facilitate new relationships and “ultimately create new co-production opportunities, while at the same […]

French TV exports hit record high of $373m, as tax rebate fuels surging int’l investment

French TV exports hit a record €375.9m ($373m) in 2021, while improvements to the country’s Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP) saw investment from outside of the country more than double on 2020’s figure. International spending on French audiovisual programmes – namely sales, pre-sales and investment in coproduction – were up 6% on 2020, according to […]

News round-up: ABC adapts ‘Emergency Call’ for US; France-Israel co-writing residency opens; US-China science co-pro prepped for distribution

ABC orders US version of ‘Emergency Call’ format US network ABC has announced a new unscripted series, following the work of emergency call-takers, to be hosted by actor Luke Wilson and based upon a Belgian format. The hour-long series Emergency Call will document the first few minutes of emergencies as told from the perspective of […]

Why Netflix’s new French office might have to play by new rules

Netflix’s launch of its new 40-employee-strong office in Paris last week and the unveiling of a raft of new local projects came amidst a reshaping of production obligations in France that could have extensive ramifications. Since its launch in the country in 2014, Netflix has developed 24 French shows, mostly series such as comedy Family […]

Series Mania launches Franco-Israeli writing residency

French drama festival Series Mania is launching a Franco-Israeli writing residency initiative. In partnership with France’s Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (National Center for Cinema and Moving Image) and Israel’s Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, the festival has opened submissions for a Franco-Israeli ‘Co-Writing Residency for Drama Series’. The project will find five […]

France 4 axed on linear TV despite strong animation numbers

On the heels of the announcement on Monday by French Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen that PSB youth and family channel France 4 will be axed on linear TV to become an OTT offering, the annual round-up of the French Animation market was disclosed and reveals an excellent 2017. A study entitled “Le Marché de […]

France rules ad tax illegal but CNC avoids payback

France’s Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), which dispenses public support for content creation in the country, has avoided having to pay back over €500 million to commercial channels’ advertising arms after the constitutional court ruled that a tax on advertising revenues to support content was unconstitutional. The Conseil Constitutionnel ruled that […]

Drama drives French TV exports up

Nearly 200 shows created in France launched abroad in 2016 as the Gallic territory’s international reputation grows, a new study has revealed. A Eurodata TV Worldwide study launched at Le Rendez-Vous this week revealed 186 French-created shows had launched in other territories, 26% up on the 2015 figure. Most of these were factual programmes, followed […]

French TV exports hit record €336m in 2016

French television exports – sales, presales and coproductions – reached a record high of €336 million (US$405.2 million) in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 32%, according to a report by the Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée (CNC). Animation is the leading genre for French exports and accounted for 40% of international sales, […]

French export revenues hit new high

International sales of French-originated content generated €164.2 million (US$183.4 million) last year, a new record. Sales of animated shows spurred the growth while drama sales slowed, according to the figures for 2015, which were published by distributor’s group TVFI and industry body the CNC this morning. While the overall sales figures hit a new high, […]