France Télévisions Distribution

Amazon buys first local French dramas

Amazon Prime Video is going a step further in the French market, with its first acquisitions of new local series for its service there. Amazon, which has just become available on Apple TVs after a long period of wrangling, has been adding a number of French dramas since last month. These include deals with Newen […]

Nordic World signs first post-merger distribution deal

Oslo’s Nordic World has secured its first distribution agreement since joining forces with Digital Content International (DCI). The combined Nordic World-DCI has secured an international coproduction and distribution deal with Canada’s French-speaking pubcaster Radio-Canada / CBC. Keshet International, Cineflix Rights and France Télévisions are also involved in a wider CBC initiative that the former described […]

Gaumont hires France TV exec for sales

France Télévisions Distribution exec Laura Laas is joining Gaumont as VP of international TV sales for animation. This will see Laas selling Gaumont toons such as Belle & Sebastian, Trulli Tales and Furry Wheels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and North America, and working closely with animation president Nicolas Atlan and his team. […]

Zed replaces exiting sales chief with Persyn

Chloé Persyn is to become director of international distribution at French production and sales outfit Zed. She will replace Céline Payot-Lehmann, who is headed for Arte France as head of international distribution, Arte Sales. Persyn has been with Zed since 2010, when she joined from France Télévisions Distribution as a sales executive. Payot-Lehmann had been […]

Michel replacing Recayte at TV France Int’l

France Télévisions executive Hervé Michel has been elected president of TV France International and will take the helm at the French distributors industry group from early next year. He replaces Laetitia Recayte, the former head of distribution at Newen, the production group controversially being bought by TF1. She resigned at TVFI president after leaving Newen […]

Turner EMEA swoops for Owl & Co.

Turner Broadcasting System EMEA has acquired Owl & Co., which France Télévisions Distribution is bringing to the international market. The deal, which covers seasons one and two of the French toon, will see Owl & Co. rolling out on Turner channels such as Cartoon Network, Boing and Boomerang. The 78x7mins toon from Studio Hari already […]

French on-demand site launches with US movies

French operator Numericable-SFR has launched its download-to-own store, VideoStore by Numericable, giving users access to a library of about 120 films at launch. Numericable-SFR has signed deals with five Hollywood studios to secure content for the service. Prices for movies begin at €5.99 (US$4.70). Highlights include Luc Besson’s science fiction movie Lucy, which is available […]

The public purse

Public broadcasters around the world are squeezed tighter than ever in today’s post global recession marketplace. Can their commercial divisions ease the burden, asks Jesse Whittock A quick Google search on public service broadcasters returns worrying results such as “EBU concerned over Portuguese broadcasting budget cuts”, “Concerns over plans to dismantle Israeli public broadcaster” and […]

Terranoa poaches sales boss from FTD

French distributor Terranoa has recruited Bertrand Lossignol as its head of French sales. Lossignol joins from French pubcaster France Televisions’ distribution arm as head of sales in French-speaking territories and also handing factual acquisitions. Prior to France Televisions Distribution, he served a five-year stint at Lagardere’s Europe Images International, where he was the sales manager […]

Tera Mater and francetv distribution cut doc output deal

Factual producer Tera Mater Factual Studios and francetvdistribution, have agreed an output deal. Under the terms of the deal, the French company, which is the commercial arm of the French pubcaster and was formerly known as France Télévisions Distribution, will sell Tera Mater’s documentary content in French-speaking territories. In France the content will also play […]