France 4

France 4’s future secured after Macron intervention

France Télévisions’ youth-focused channel France 4, which had been facing the axe, has been reprieved following the personal intervention of president Emmanuel Macron. France 4 had previously been pencilled in for closure in 2020 but was reprieved due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. Macron has now intervened, Tweeting that the channel had “secured […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

First Hand goes Thru You Princess

Four broadcasters have prebought Israeli-produced social media-themed music doc Thru You Princess from Switzerland’s First Hand Films. The 1x56mins / 1x90mins programme follows Israeli musician Kutiman, who trawled the internet to find a singer that he could feature on a new album. First Hand bills it as “a film about long-lasting anonymity in a world […]

French nets bag 100 hours of Sky Vision shows

French broadcasters have acquired programming amounting to 100 hours from UK-based distributor Sky Vision. The deals include a 51-hour package to RMC Decouverte that includes factual series and minis such as Jesus: Rise to Power, Caught in the Act, Paranatural and Gangland Killers. A 15-hour deal with France Télévisions for France 5 sees the pubcaster […]

France 4 launches open up second TV Lab

French DTT channel France 4 has launched the second edition of its TV Lab formats competition and put out a call for innovative new projects. The channel is looking for groundbreaking and inventive half-hour entertainment concepts targeting the 15-34 demographic and complemented by digital add-ons. Run in in tandem with France Télévisions’ Nouvelles écritures (New […]

France Televisions peers through Black Mirror

France Télévisions has acquired Charlie Brooker’s dystopian drama satire Black Mirror from Endemol Worldwide Distribution. The French pubcaster has acquired the show for France 4 following a deal brokered by EWD’s sales director, French-speaking territories, Solange Ribeiro Murphy. France Television Distribution has also acquired video and VOD rights for the series, which Endemol’s Zeppotron produced. […]

Terry Thullier lands France 2 job, new top team for France 4

France Télévisions group news chief Terry Thullier will replace Philippe Vilamitjana at France 2, while children’s chief Tiphaine de Raguenel will be one of two execs now running France 4. Local reports say Vilamitjana was ousted after his new season scheduled failed to gain traction, leading to this week’s changes. Thullier will remain as news […]

Pflimlin outlines goals for French pubcaster

New digital offerings for kids and a strengthening of France 3’s regional remit are among the priorities outlined by France Télévisions director-general Rémy Pflimlin for the second half of his term in the post. In a message to staff, Pflimlin said that the French public broadcaster faced a number of key challenges for the year […]