France Televisions


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 […]

France’s joint SVOD Salto heads to regulator after months-long delay

After months of delay, French subscription video-on-demand joint venture Salto is finally in the hands of the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence. The regulator has until 19 July to reach a decision on the project, which is a JV between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 that is […]

TBI Factual Hot Pick: ‘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 […]

Europe’s Alliance looks to Spain as it navigates different priorities

The fledgling Alliance of European public broadcasters is looking to get into business with Spain as it continues to become more established in the landscape.  Rai’s commissioner for international co-productions Michele Zatta has confirmed that the Alliance – a partnership formed last year between France Télévisions, Italy’s Rai and Germany’s ZDF to pool resources and […]

Kids bulletin: WildBrain hires Disney exec; France Télévisions buys ‘Claude’

WildBrain appoints former Disney exec as strategy and innovation director Digital kids’ network and studio WildBrain has appointed Elia Bouthors as strategy and innovation director, effective immediately. In the newly created role, he will lead a team tasked with identifying and piloting new ways to engage WildBrain’s 300m quarterly users and build and monetise brands […]

Marchisio to lead co-pros for France Télévisions

France Télévisions has promoted Benoît Marchisio to head up international co-productions following the departure of Médéric Albouy to set up his own production outfit, as exclusively reported by TBI last week. Marchisio, who currently has creative responsibility for international fiction programming and acquisitions, will extend his remit to cover international co-pros, and will report to […]

Exclusive: France Televisions drama co-pro boss Albouy to depart

France Télévisions’ head of series and drama international co-productions Médéric Albouy is leaving the pubcaster at the end of the month to set up his own production company, TBI has learned.  Albouy joined France Télévisions some 20 years ago. His former positions included VP audience and market research, and strategy director, before taking over responsibility […]

Vive la France: Adapting to a new normal

Driven by a high volume of content – 4,873 hours in all – produced in 2017, the French TV market is moving fast: trying to preserve its cultural cachet and regulatory requirements while adapting to new challenges introduced by international and OTT players. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly reports From an international point of view, the growing number […]

Arte plots VOD service with ARD, ZDF, France Télévisions

Franco-German culture channel Arte is planning to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) platform in partnership with Arte Deutschland, the latter’s backers, public broadcasters ARD, ZDF and France Télévisions. Arte’s aim is to offer a streaming service bringing together the “best of European public channels” in multiple languages, according to Véronique Cayla, president of Arte France, outlining […]

Magnify scores first scripted format deal with YLE’s ‘Mental’

Andrea Jackson’s Magnify Media has struck its first scripted format deal, selling Mental into France Télévisions’ VOD platform Slash, with a 10 x 23-minute series set to go into production in May with delivery this Autumn. The original series is produced by It’s Alive Productions and Finland’s state broadcaster YLE. The French adaptation is a co-production from Paris-based Black Sheep Films and […]

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