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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 […]

TVFI preps digital IMDB-like platform

TVFI, the trade association for French distributors, is preparing the launch of a new digital platform designed along the lines of Amazon-backed content database IMDB. The promotion and sales tool for French content companies will be called France Export Pro and phase one of the new service will be launched in June 2015. Targeting both […]

Record level for French TV exports

The latest export stats for French TV programming shows sales to international markets were up 8% to €137.1 million in 2013, setting an all-time record. Monitored by French funding body CNC and exporters’ association TVFI and released at le Rendez-vous in Biarritz, the global figures settle at €173.5 million once presales and coproduction sales are […]

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 […]

Asian nets bag 300 hours from TVF

Asian broadcasters have licensed more than 300 hours of programming from UK-based distributor TVF International. Japanese pubcaster NHK has acquired specials such as Ice, Sweat and Tears and The Real Sherlock Holmes, while commercial rival NTV took shock doc  Transgender Kids. History in Japan and India acquired Special Forces, with the latter also adding religious […]

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 […]

France’s CSA makes scripted reality ruling

French media regulator the CSA has said that ‘scripted reality’ shows can in principle be considered to qualify towards French channels’ local content creation obligations. Following a consultation on the topic, the CSA said that it will consider such shows on case-by-case basis. It said there was no automatic link between its opinion on whether […]

Scripted reality consultation underway in France

French media regulator the CSA has said it will hold meetings with content creation professionals next month to determine the status of scripted reality TV shows. The CSA is aiming to clarify in particular the extent to which scripted reality shows should count towards channels’ commitment to provide a certain quota of fiction programming created […]