France Televisions

KiKA licenses second Spike telemovie

German children’s channel KiKA has licensed Christmas telemovie Spike 2 on the back of ratings success of the first. The 1x35mins show from TAT Productions and Master Films first did good figures for KiKA four years ago, prompting the new acquisition, scored with distributor PGS Entertainment. The new film follows an elf that has to […]

DreamWorks buys Chapman TV library

DreamWorks has bought the Chapman Entertainment library giving it kids series Fifi and the Flowertots, Roary the Racing Car and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion to feed into its catalogue. The titles will sit alongside those from Classic Media, which DreamWorks acquired last year for US$155 million. They will be sold via what was the […]

France Televisions to shed 600 jobs

Pubcaster France Télévisions is cutting 600 jobs in a bid to reduce a massive budget shortfall. The broadcaster has been seeking to cut costs after government funding levels fell and it was forced to stop primetime TV advertising. At a press conference yesterday, France Télévisions president Remy Pflimlin announced plans for 600 voluntary job losses […]

Discovery prepares for Doomsday

Discovery Networks International EMEA is among pre-buyers of a major Franco-German coproduction that looks at how World War I shaped figures such as Adolf Hitler and Allied Field Marshal Montgomery. The 3x50mins Doomsday – World War I is a coproduction between ZDF’s department of contemporary history and France Televisions and is shopped on the international […]

Sony’s Toro taking the The Ultimate Music Battle into Italy

Sony-owned Italian production company Toro Produzioni has optioned music format Grande Battle (aka The Ultimate Music Battle) and plans to make the show in Italy. The show, which won the Best Format award at last year’s Eurovision Creative Forum, is a musical talent series in which participants are selected via the internet. The selected contestants […]

French documentaries singled out

Despite European public channels closing documentary slots and growing competition from hosted factual and reality series, the French single doc industry is finding success by diversifying and while presales are tough to secure, emerging territories are seeking international copro partners. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly explores the market. At MIPDoc in April, five out of the ten most […]

France Télévisions preps wide-ranging transmedia projects

France Télévisions has unveiled plans for a two large-scale coordinated on-screen and online projects. Speaking at the Sunny Side of the Doc festival in La Rochelle, Cannes, Boris Razon, the French public broadcaster’s digital content boss, said that a project is underway to make all of the 1,500 documentaries France Télévisions makes each year available […]

Disney makes trip to Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood

Disney Channel in Russia and the Latin American and Southeast Asian feeds of stable mate Disney Junior have acquired animated preschool series Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood. The 40x22mins series, which debuted on PBS Kids in the US and CBC in Canada and is sold internationally by 9 Story Entertainment, will launch on the Mouse House channels […]

Sony making gameshow for France Télévisions

Sony Pictures Television Productions France and SPT-owned producer Starling are making a new gameshow for French public broadcaster France Télévisions. The 36-part series, Avec ou Sans Joker, will run to an initial 36 episodes and be transmitted on the FR2 channel in an access primetime slot. In the show contestants compete to correctly answer general […]

Euro pubcaster chiefs demand ERT is restored

Fifty European pubcaster bosses have demanded the Greek government reverses its decision to shutter national broadcaster ERT. France Televisions’ Remy Pflimlin, DR’s Maria Rørbye Rønn, ZDF’s Thomas Bellut, Rai’s Anna Maria Tarantola, the BBC’s Tony Hall and RTVE’s Leopoldo Gonzalez Echenique are among the signatories (above) of an open letter to Greek officials issued through […]