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France TV appoints ex-Netflix, Canal+ exec to head programming

France Télévisions has appointed the former head of documentaries for Netflix in EMEA as programming director at the French public broadcaster. Diego Buñuel will take up the role on 22 June and replaces Nathalie Darrigrand, whose departure was revealed earlier this year and who left the company in recent weeks. Buñuel’s remit will cover all […]

French streamer Salto ‘on starting blocks’ for autumn as test phase starts

Salto, the French commercial and public broadcasters’ answer to Netflix, has begun closed user-group tests ahead of a delayed commercial launch in the autumn. Salto CEO Thomas Follin told the AFP news agency that the streaming service was on the “starting blocks” for an autumn launch. Salto, which has been subject to lengthy delays while […]

Kids round-up: ‘Moominvalley’ lands in Nordics; Super RTL orders monster comedy; ‘Rainbow Rangers’ travels; and more…

Moomins return to the Nordics SF Studios in the Nordics, NRK in Norway and RÚV in Iceland have picked up prodco Gutsy Animations’ series Moominvalley following deals with distributor PGS Entertainment. The 13 x 22-minute series is based upon the popular Moomin stories by Finnish-Swedish author Tove Jansson and was commissioned by Yle in Finland […]

Exclusive: ZED preps Iraq docuseries for France Télévisions, ZDF & NRK

France Télévisions has ordered a four-part docuseries that will delve into the past 40 years of conflict in Iraq, with distributor ZED already securing a raft of pre-sales. Iraq, Destruction Of A Nation (4 x 52 minutes) is being produced by French prodcos Tohubohu and Slug News and uses newly declassified documents and testimonies from […]

Salto chief reveals launch plans for streamer

Salto, the long-delayed French streaming offering from broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6, is to launch on June 3, according to CEO Thomas Follin. Follin told French newspaper Le Figaro that the SVOD offering would launch in test mode, enabling consumers to connect to the service. The streamer will then launch a full promotion in […]

France Télévisions, Banijay Rights prep drama about missing flight MH370

France Televisions has ordered an English-language scripted series about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, with Banijay Rights attached to distribute. Flight MH370 is being produced by Nora Melhli’s prodco Alef One and will explore the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which in 2014 was lost somewhere over the South […]

Show of the week: Stinky Dog

This 2D animation is set to have its exclusive world premiere at this year’s MIP Junior, where Emmy Award-winning French producer and distributor Dandelooo will be showcasing the first two episodes of the slapstick series. The 52 x 11 minute show has been commissioned by France Télévisions and is based on the series of books […]

Is France’s answer to Netflix too little too late?

France’s local answer to Netflix, Salto, may have received the greenlight from the competition watchdog, but producers warn that without a hefty originals investment and clarity on rights, the platform could struggle to compete with players that are “years ahead” in France. The Autorité de la Concurrence ushered through the beleaguered joint-SVOD between commercial broadcasters […]

French regulators give broadcasters’ joint SVOD the greenlight

French regulators have cleared Salto – also referred to as the ‘French Netflix’ – to begin operations, with an eye on launching early next year. The long-anticipated SVOD service from commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 and public broadcaster France Télévisions today (12 August) received the greenlight from the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la […]

Show of the week: ‘One Planet: Seven Worlds’

Set to air in the autumn, One Planet: Seven Worlds is billed as the latest landmark series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit, following in the wake of Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II and Dynasties. Sir David Attenborough returns to narrate the series, which tells the stories of Earth’s seven continents. As such, expect […]

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