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Beta snags global rights to France 2 drama ‘The Island Of Thirty Coffins’

German distributor Beta Film has expanded its French offering by acquiring global rights to The Island Of Thirty Coffins. The crime series is based on the eponymous novel by Maurice Leblanc and has been created by Elsa Marpeau (Capitaine Marleau) and Florent Meyer (Lupin), with Frederic Mermoud (The Returned) directing. The 6 x 60-minute drama is […]

France 2 heads to class with local version of Quebec drama ’30 Vies’

France 2 has ordered a local version of Quebec drama series 30 Vies (aka 30 Lives). Co-produced by Banijay’s Fiction’Air, part of Banijay Production Media, and Banijay Studios, the 6 x 60-minute adaptation will be directed by Elsa Bennett and Hippolyte Dard (Astrid et Raphaëlle, L’art du Crime) and Slimane-Baptiste Berhoun (Mental). The original show was written […]

ITV Studios snags second window sales for ‘Bodyguard’

ITV Studios (ITVS) has struck a raft of deals for its scripted series including Jed Mercurio’s crime hit Bodyguard, as Covid-19 drives up demand for second window rights. The six-part show, from ITVS-owned World Productions, was first available in 2018 via the UK’s BBC and Netflix elsewhere but has now been picked up by Seven […]

Creating the dream team

Endemol Shine Group’s French prodcos merged on May 1, as the production and distribution giant completed its global consolidation process. Endemol Shine France CEO Nicolas Coppermann tells Pascale Paoli-Lebailly how he plans to use the best of both worlds to find new hits Without sweeping away what has made formats giant Endemol and entertainment-focused Shine […]

Factual Hot Picks

Following the Sunny Side of the Doc event in La Rochelle, France, TBI profiles five hot factual projects currently making an impression from Grayson Perry’s Divided Britain to France 2’s Age of the Builders – Notre Dame.   Grayson Perry: Divided Britain Transvestite artist Grayson Perry first came to attention in 2003 when he won the prestigious Turner […]

Virgin Media adds France 2, TVN & Russian nets

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has bolstered its offer by securing distribution of channels from France, Poland and Russia. The channels will be offered through the Virgin Worldbox app from today as branded ‘bouquets’, allowing ex-pats to watch programming from their home territories. From France, Liberty Global-owned Virgin will offer public broadcast channels France […]

Ernotte fires France 2 boss Meslet

Vincent Meslet, France 2’s executive director since August 2015 was abruptly fired yesterday by France Télévisions’ president Delphine Ernotte. The French pubcaster issued a statement yesterday and said Meslet was leaving because of divergent opinions on strategy. France Télévisions delegate director to strategy and programmes, Caroline Got, will fill Meslet’s role on an interim basis. […]

Federation hires ex-France 2 drama chief

Paris-based Federation Entertainment has hired the former head of drama at France 2 to take on the same role at the internationally-focused producer-distributor. Thierry Sorel takes on the newly-created role, effective immediately, reporting to CEO Pascal Breton and managing director Lionel Uzan. Sorel left France 2 in July after ten years at pubcaster France Télévisions. […]

Thuillier to top TF1 news net

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has named Thierry Thuillier as CEO of its news channel LCI. Thuillier will take over the role as of August 16, working alongside deputy CEO Jean-François Mulliez. Thuillier, who began his career as a journalist, was director of France 2 between 2013-15 before joining Canal+ Group as director of sports. He […]

War and Peace breaks out in Russia

Broadcasters in twelve territories, including one in Russia, have acquired local rights to War and Peace, the BBC’s television version of Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece novel. Significantly, Russia’s Channel One has acquired the series. Author Tolstoy was a key literary and political figure in 19th century Russia. China’s LeEco, Taiwan’s ELTA, India’s Vuclip, South Korea’s KBS […]

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