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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 […]

France Télévisions hires TF1 thematic nets boss

Caroline Got, the managing director of TF1’s thematic channels TMC and NT1, is to move to public broadcaster France Télévisions as director of programmes and strategy, according to local reports. In a move initially reported by Le Figaro, Got is expected to play a key role as part of new France Télévisions president Delphine Ernotte’s […]

France 2 to remake UK home format

France 2 has commissioned a local version of Fill Your House For Free, a British interior design format. The show was among UK broadcaster Channel 4’s top five rated lifestyle shows in 2013, and now makes its international debut. BBC Worldwide France will produce the show, which will be known locally as Atelier Deco and […]

Nat Geo buys Hitler’s Last Year

National Geographic Channels International has acquired WWII special Hitler’s Last Year. NGCI will put the two-part doc out on its international channels later this year. It will also go out on Nat Geo in the US. The doc is sold by France-based distributor Zed, which struck the Nat Geo deal. It documents the final year of […]