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 […]

France’s TF1 & M6 abandon merger plans

Bouygues, RTL Group, Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 have called off their plan to merge the TF1 and M6 groups. The decision to abandon the merger, which was originally announced in May last year, came after  the parties appeared at the hearings of the French Competition Authority’s board on 5 and 6 September to argue […]

France’s TF1 & M6 offer concessions in move to secure merger approval

TF1 and M6 have offered to keep their advertising businesses separate for three years after their merger in an attempt to secure regulatory approval of the fusion, according to a report by French newspaper Le Figaro. According to the paper, the offer is part of a wider set of remedies proposed by the parent companies […]

France’s TF1 & M6 merger on verge of collapse as regulator eyes competition fears

The planned merger of France’s two biggest broadcasters could fall apart, with the French competition authority raising concerns. The merger of M6 and TF1 was announced in mid-2021, with the prospective tie-up looking to create a French media group “with the broadest TV, radio, digital, content production and technology offering to the benefit of all […]

France’s M6 welcomes Idtv’s Dutch format ‘The Traitors’

French broadcaster M6 has ordered a local version of Netherlands reality entertainment format The Traitors. The original show was created by Marc Pos and Jasper Hoogendoorn, CEO and creative director respectively at All3Media’s Dutch prodco Idtv. It was then further developed with the RTL Creative Unit and produced by Idtv under the local title De Verraders for RTL4 in […]

France cooks up first remake of Germany’s ‘Chefs To Go’

M6 in France is adapting Banijay’s Chefs To Go, marking the first adaptation for the German cookery format. The show will be produced by Endemol France and pits a leading chef against a new kitchen rival each week, as they go head-to-head to create and deliver the best takeaway food in 90 minutes. The chefs have no idea […]

M6 AVOD 6play acquires ‘Thérapie’, ‘Real Par Soul Sisters’ & more in Vice content deal

French media group M6 has acquired more than 100 hours of factual content, following an agreement with Vice Distribution, the global sales and licensing arm of Vice Media Group. The deal will see entertainment, investigative documentary, travel, food and true crime launch shows from Vice launch on M6’s AVOD platform, 6play. Titles available on the platform will […]

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