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Saffron Cherry Productions to adapt Julia Chapman’s ‘The Dales Detective’ series

UK-based Saffron Cherry Productions has optioned the rights to adapt Julia Chapman’s The Dales Detective series for the screen. The mystery novels follow former Met detective Samson O’Brien as he returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe, in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, to set up a detective agency. Once there he joins forces with Delilah Metcalfe, owner of […]

France set to abolish TV licence fee later this year

France’s TV landscape could soon be transformed after it emerged that plans to scrap the country’s annual audiovisual licence fee are set to be introduced later this year. The proposal, which was part of recently re-elected president Emmanuel Macron’s election pledges, will see the €138 ($143) annual charge applied to households with a TV, scrapped. […]

France 3 dives into ‘The Silence Of Water’

French broadcaster France 3 has picked up Italian thriller Il Silenzio Dell’Acqua (The Silence of Water) following a deal with Mediaset Distribution. The 4 x 100-minute series is produced by Vela Film and RTI and was originally broadcast on Italy’s Canale 5, proving a ratings hit with four million viewers tuning in for its first […]

Show of the week: ‘The Curse Of The Vologne’

Documentary series The Curse Of The Vologne (4 x 45 minutes) centres on one of the most high-profile, shocking and unsolved murders in recent French history. In October 1984, the body of four-year-old Grégory Villemin was dragged from the Vologne River in remote Eastern France, his wrists and ankles bound in the manner of a […]

France 3 director Dana Hastier departs, prompts reorganisation

France 3 director Dana Hastier is set to depart the company after over a decade at France Télévisions, prompting a reorganisation of the broadcast group. Hastier will depart the group in September and hopes to change the direction of her career, according to the company. The group said in a statement: “After eleven years at […]

France Télévisions SVOD service delayed

France Télévisions remains committed to the launch of a new SVOD platform to take on Netflix, but the project is now unlikely to see the light of day until the spring of next year. About ten French production groups have agreed to license part of their catalogues on a revenue-share basis for the project, but […]

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 […]

France 3 detective drama collection revealed

France TV Distribution, the sales arm of France Télévisions, is launching a collection of detective drama films that air in peak time on France 3. FTVD is launching Murder In…, a strand of films from the likes of Léonis Production, Fontaram Production, Klim Production, Eloa Prod and Mother Production that have scored strong ratings in […]

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 […]

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