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France 5 wants primetime science docs

France 5 took advantage of MIPCOM to introduce its new Wednesday science primetime slot to the international market and longtime partners including NHK, PBS, BBC and ZDF. Launched in January 2015, the ‘Science Grand Format’ slot provides 52-minute and 90-minute documentaries devoted to scientific adventure, archeology, the technological revolution, and the exploration of space. The slot […]

Distributor to doc producer with the Royal Good Guys

As career moves go, turning documentary producer after 27 years in distribution may seem odd, even risky. Nonetheless, when I got the chance to produce The Royal Good Guys, I leapt at it – and my distribution experience proved invaluable. The film’s initial premise was: “What do the Royals do all day?” It shines a light on the charity work of princes […]

Scandi pubcasters buy Universum docs

Public broadcasters in Scandinavia have bought documentary programming from Austria’s ORF. DR in Denmark took a selection of Universum-branded docs, including Africa’s Wild West and Wild Venice, which has been a big seller for ORF Enterprises, ORF’s commercial arm. DR and Sweden’s SVT have also committed to ORF’s next 4K two-parter The Canary Islands, which […]

Retooled Bob lands global homes

France 5 and Turner Broadcasting System in the UK are among buyers of the rebooted Bob the Builder animated series. [email protected] in the Netherlands, VRT in Belgium, Rai Yoyo in Italy, E-TV in South Africa, MiniMini in Poland, RTÉ in Ireland and Hop! in Israel have all acquired the show, which has already launched on […]

Nat Geo buys France 3 Hitler doc

National Geographic Channels International has acquired worldwide rights to Hitler’s Death Army: Das Reich. The two-part factual series looks at the final year of the infamous German elite division Das Reich, which is known for mass murders during World War II. The 2x60mins series, from Patricia Boutinard Rouelle’s Nilaya Productions and with a budget of […]

TVF gobbles up food docs

UK-based distributor TVF International has acquired rights to three food-themed documentaries that aired on France 5. Tuna: What’s in a Can?, Where Has All the Fruit Gone? and Secrets of the French Bakery Industry comprise the trio, which come from Paris indie Pernel Media. TVF has all rights except France and Belgium. Tuna: What’s in […]

MIPTV Hot Pick: Paprika

“Paprika is our first ever preschool show and it features a unique relationship between the two main characters,” says Xilam founder Marc du Pontavice about the French producer and distributor’s new show. The pair are twin brothers, one of whom is handicapped. “The series shows that you can live well despite physical disadvantages,” he adds. […]

Euro nets buys ORF docs, crime series

Pubcaster France 5 is among buyers of documentary and crime programming from Austria’s ORF. The France Télévisions channel has bought several docs, including Nock – Mountains at Heaven’s Door. Switzerland’s RTS also acquired doc programming from ORF Enterprises, the commercial arm of pubcaster ORF. Meanwhile, Romania’s RCS-RDS bought a 200-hour package, while SRF – which […]

France Télévisions orders pair of docs from Pernel

French pubcaster France Télévisions has ordered two one-off docs from Paris-based indie Pernel Media. It is making Champs Elysées: The Most Beautiful Avenue in the World about the iconic boulevard and investigative consumer doc Tuna: What’s in the Can? Champs Elysées: The Most Beautiful Avenue in the World will look at the people and businesses along […]

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 […]