Why formats in 2024 are about bankers, big swings & exploitation

Format reboots are proving more popular than ever, with a slew of both recent and iconic titles finding new or extended life. Andy Fry delves into this revival trend to see what’s next The global format business is so diverse and dynamic that predicting its direction of travel is like forecasting next month’s weather. But […]

M6, Mediaset, VTM & RTL KLUB saddle up for Secuoya’s ‘Zorro’

M6 group in France, Mediaset in Italy, DPG Media for VTM channels in Flemish Belgium and RTL KLUB in Hungary have acquired drama series Zorro following deals with distributor Mediawan Rights. Produced by Spain’s Secuoya Studios, Zorro will start airing during the first quarter of 2024 on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Latin America, […]

M6 & Play4 capture ‘The Perfect Picture’ as ITVS format expands to France & Belgium

French broadcaster M6 and Play4 in Belgium have both picked up local versions of ITV Studios photography competition format The Perfect Picture. ITV Studios France will produce the M6 version to debut in the fall, while DOK1Media is adapting for Play4 to launch next year, with these orders taking the format to five international editions […]

Exclusive: M6 details documentary shift & highlights international coproduction appeal

French broadcaster M6 is making bigger moves into the documentary genre, unveiling its first projects and revealing its interest in international coproductions. M6 is aiming to commission 12 “bigger” documentaries per year to run either during primetime or later in the evening, it said, detailing its strategy during the group’s first ever panel at Sunny […]

Exclusive: France TV & M6 fuel unscripted format surge, with key suppliers revealed

France Télévisions and M6 have propelled the country’s unscripted format business to new heights over the past year, according to the latest research. New launches of unscripted formats reached a peak of 50 in France last year, according to La Fabrique des Formats’ annual survey, an increase of 15 on 2021 and on former years […]

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: 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 […]

Banijay chairman Stephane Courbit tables bid for France’s M6 Group

Banijay chairman Stephane Courbit has emerged as the frontrunner to buy France’s M6 Group via his FL Entertainment outfit, following the broadcaster’s failed merger with TF1. M6 owner Bertelsmann has reportedly received a trio of offers for the group since it was put up for sale last week, with Reuters reporting that Italy’s MediaForEurope (MFE) had teamed up with […]

French broadcaster M6 for sale after abandoned TF1 merger

Bertelsmann has put French broadcaster M6 up for sale following the collapse of plans to merge it with TF1 last week. Thomas Rabe, CEO of the European media giant, told the Financial Times that he has sought non-binding offers for the company after being “inundated with expressions of interest” following its failed merger with fellow […]

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