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France Télévisions names digital & marketing exec Antonio Grigolini as documentary chief

France Télévisions has appointed the former chief of its young adult digital service Slash to lead its documentary output. Antonio Grigolini, who replaces Catherine Alvaresse, becomes become director of documentaries and will be in charge of amplifying the diversity of the group’s documentary offer. Grigolini first joined France TV network France 3 in 2006 and […]

France Télévisions’ documentary chief Catherine Alvaresse exits, as producer concerns rise

France Télévisions’ Catherine Alvaresse has stepped down as director of documentaries, with the move prompting concern from producers over what it means for the public broadcaster’s doc strategy. Alvaresse, who has headed France Télévisions docs output since 2019, left her position at the start of the month because of disagreements over the editorial line, according […]

BBC, France TV, ZDF & BBC America link for wildlife epic ‘Mammals’

The BBC has unveiled a trio of projects from the producers of Planet Earth III, including a six-part blue chip wildlife series that has France Televisions, ZDF and BBC America attached. Mammals will explore animals ranging from the tiny Etruscan shrew to the giant blue whale as it tracks the secrets of their success and […]

France TV, TF1 & M6 close Salto, blaming ‘complex governance’ & merger failure

French streamer Salto is to be liquidated by shareholders France Télévisions, TF1 and M6, with the latter’s failed merger and “complex and constraining governance” blamed for its demise. News of Salto’s imminent closure first emerged last month but the streamer’s future had been in doubt for almost six months prior, when TF1 and M6 confirmed […]

TBI Weekly: Nine factual takeaways from Fipadoc in Biarritz

French broadcasters were out in force at Fipadoc last week in Biarritz, with true crime, miniseries, impact docs and history shows emerging as the major trends. The troubles of the world also invited themselves, writes Marie-Agnès Bruneau. Although 2023 might be only one month in, demand for quality factual programming is only increasing. Traditional broadcasters […]

French streamer Salto to close after just two years

Troubled French streamer Salto could be shuttered as early as the end of this week, according to local reports. Salto only launched two years ago but has failed to secure a substantial subscriber base, with shareholders TF1 and M6 confirming their plans to pull out after the abandonment of their proposed merger deal in the […]

News round-up: Truly Original inks first-look comedy deal; All4 rebrands as C4; Youku & France TV extend ‘Lupin’s Tales’

Truly Original inks first-look comedy deal Truly Original has inked a first-look deal with New York-based comedy producers Jim Biederman (Kids in the Hall) and Jodi Lennon (At Home with Amy Sedaris).  The writers have teamed up as a producing duo and together will help expand Truly Original’s slate of unscripted comedy series for streaming and broadcast. Working closely with head […]

TBI Weekly: How Amazon & Netflix are supercharging France’s format market

Amazon Prime Video and Netflix have both enjoyed huge recent success with unscripted formats in France. Marie-Agnès Bruneau reports on what’s next and where opportunities lie France’s format market is in flux as growing demand from local broadcasters and streamers fuels a new wave of unscripted programming across the country. Both Amazon and Netflix have […]

Exclusive: What the future holds for Europe’s public broadcasters

Public broadcasters face pressure like never before, with squeezed budgets and their very funding models under intense scrutiny. Marie-Agnès Bruneau takes a trip around Europe to find out what’s happening across the continent Europe’s public service media have faced turbulent times of late, as the traditional licence fee funding model faces challenges across the continent. […]

TBI Weekly: Six key takeaways from MIA Market in Rome

Rome has been a hotbed of discussion for the international TV industry this week, as European and US execs jetted into the Italian city for the ever-growing MIA Market. Richard Middleton offers six key takeaways. The only thing changing quicker than the international TV industry at the moment seems to be the economic strategy and personnel of the UK government. […]