Paramount’s C5 orders ‘The Wives’, partnering again with Gaumont & Banijay Rights

Paramount’s UK network Channel 5 has extended its recent commissioning flurry with a thriller from France’s Gaumont. The Wives (6 x 60 minutes) is a six-part mystery drama that follows the unravelling of a family over the course of a year, tracking how the lives of four sisters-in-law holidaying in Malta are turned upside down […]

Show of the Week: In Her Car

This 10-part Ukrainian drama is set during the early days of the Russian invasion in February 2022 and based on real events, following the impact of the war on Kyiv residents. Each episode follows local therapist, Lydia, played by How is Katia? star Anastasia Karpenko, as she drives a different person to safety, with their […]

Paramount+ adds ’80s rock doc & UK original murder drama

Paramount+ has ordered music docuseries I Wanna Rock: The ‘80s Metal Dream, as well as a new original drama series for the UK & Ireland, The Serial Killer’s Wife. The three-part factual show will debut in the US and Canada on 18 July, followed by the UK and Australia the next day, with the series […]

Gaumont centralises animation & kids in Europe under Terry Kalagian

Gaumont has centralised its animation, kids & family division in Europe under the leadership of Terry Kalagian. Kalagian, who has worked on Gaumont kids & family titles including Stillwater for Apple TV+, Do, Re & Mi for Prime Video and Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles for Netflix, has been appointed as president of global animation, […]

Gaumont hires Sky Deutschland’s Quirin Schmidt for series & films push

Gaumont has hired Sky Deutschland executive Quirin Schmidt to work across its series and film output. Schmidt joins this month having previously worked with the French company on Sky original Die Wespe (The Wasp). During his time at Sky, Schmidt was focused on expanding its original slate and worked on shows including crime series Der […]

Gaumont & Scholastic ignite development on ‘Rocket Park’ with Sofia Sanchez

French prodcuer Gaumont and Scholastic Entertainment have joined forces to co-develop and co-produce Rocket Park, an animated preschool series inspired by Down syndrome advocate, Sofia Sanchez. The 11-minute episodes will be based on two Scholastic books that have been inspired by the 13-year-old Sanchez, You Are Enough and You Are Loved, both written by Margaret […]

ITVS America rejigs with Gaumont alum hire & promotions

Franklin producer ITV Studios America has rejigged its senior team and hired former Gaumont exec for business development. Robert Sorkin has been named VP of business development & strategy, responsible for creating new revenue opportunities, increasing awareness and adding value to the studio business across its slate of series. He was previously at the US […]

How France is leading the world on streamer regulation

France has been at the forefront of regulating domestic content investment from global streamers such as Netflix and Amazon, with countries around the world watching developments closely. Marie-Agnès Bruneau reports on what the changes mean After a drawn-out process, the French government has finalised a new regulatory framework that will implement the European Audiovisual Media […]

Paramount+ partners with Gaumont to boost int’l scripted slate

Paramount+ has partnered with French production and distribution giant Gaumont to produce a slate of international scripted originals. Lupin producer Gaumont will produce several original series in association with Paramount’s international studio, VIS, as part of the streamer’s plan to greenlight 50 new international scripted originals in 2022. The partnership was announced during a Lille […]

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