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French broadcasters combine forces in major OTT TV plan

French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 Group and public broadcaster France Televisions have teamed up to launch a joint national OTT TV platform, Salto. The trio plan to launch a joint offering with a variety of programming genres including news and debate, magazine programmes, special events, sports, entertainment and French homegrown drama as well as […]

France Télévisions, Rai, ZDF drama pact takes on Netflix

European public broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF have unveiled the first projects to be developed under the rubric of an alliance announced yesterday at the Series Mania event in Lille to address the challenge posed by the likes of Netflix and other subscription video-on-demand providers. Earlier this week, France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte (pictured) […]

France Télévisions forges programming pact with ZDF

France Télévisions and Rai are to forge an alliance with ZDF that will encompass co-production, with the first projects to be unveiled at the Series Mania event in Lille on Thursday. The pact with Germany’s ZDF marks an extension of the alliance formed between the French and Italia public broadcasters last June, when the pair […]

France Télévisions’ appoints director for national fiction

France Télévisions has appointed Anne Holmes as its new director for national ficition. Holmes will be in charge for all of France Télévisions’ national broadcasters and for the editorial policy on French fiction across daytime and primetime television. She will report to Takis Candilis (pictured), the deputy director general for strategy and programs, who joined […]

France Télévisions should drop SVOD plan, says ex-programing chief

France Télévisions should abandon its plan for a new subscription video-on-demand platform and transform existing linear channels into digital offerings, according to a confidential report prepared by the public broadcaster’s former programming chief, Xavier Couture. Couture (pictured), who recently left France Télévisions to focus on personal projects, prepared a report ahead of his departure in […]

Banijay scripted chief Candilis moves to France Télévisions

France Télévisions has confirmed the appointment of Banijay Group’s head of scripted, Takis Candilis, as second-in-command of the French pubcaster. He will take up his new position on February 26 and replace Xavier Couture, but also take on extended responsibilities, which include all genres. Couture left France Télévisions this week after announcing his exit to […]

Turner EMEA rejigs with France Télévisions exec joining

Turner EMEA has put a new management structure in place for Southern Europe and Africa, with long serving France Télévisions channels exec Julien Borde joining in a senior post. Borde (above right) has been named head of channels – kids and general entertainment in France, French-speaking Europe Africa and Israel, leaving his post as managing […]

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 […]

Programming chief to leave France Télévisions

France Télévisions’ programming chief Xavier Couture is to leave the group early next year to focus on personal projects. Couture, who is director of strategy and programming at the public broadcaster, will leave at the end of January or the beginning of February. News of Couture’s departure was first reported by news site Puremedias.com on […]

France Télévisions budget woes deepen

French parliamentarians have withdrawn support for a move to ameliorate an additional €50 million (US$58.8 million) in budget cuts imposed on the country’s public broadcaster, France Télévisions. Deputies from the ruling La République en Marche party quashed moves to modify the cuts by about €20 million by pushing back new rules that will prevent advertising […]

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