Kabo’s Cops to patrol the MIPCOM Block

Kabo International will be putting Cops on the Block at MIPCOM, with the French comedy format launching internationally at the market. The original series plays on free TV net M6 in France, launching this August. It is produced by Kabo Family subsidiary Thalie Images and distributed by Kabo International, which will be selling the tape […]

Programming costs weigh on TF1

French commercial broadcaster M6 overtook larger rival TF1 at the end of last week in terms of market capitalisation as the latter’s shares dropped sharply on poor second-quarter results. TF1 saw its second-quarter operating profit fall from €57.3 million (US$62.3 million) to €22 million year-on-year. Coming on top of a €19.2 million operating loss in […]

TF1 channel can go free, Canal+ refused

French media regulator the CSA has given a green light for TF1-owned news channel LCI to become a free-to-air service, but has rejected requests from Canal+ and M6 Group to enable their respective channels, factual service Planète+ and entertainment channel Paris Première, to make the same transition. The CSA said that it had judged that […]

Newen hires former M6 exec as content chief

Newen, which soon becomes part of the TF1 Group, has hired former M6 programming director Bibiane Godfroid as its content chief. Godfroid is a seasoned French TV executive having been M6’s programming chief between 2007 and 2014, and then the head of the commercial broadcaster’s in-house production team. She has also worked at pubcaster France […]

Controversial TF1-Newen deal agreed

TF1’s deal for French production group Newen has been agreed. The agreement will see 70% of the prodco come under the control of TF1, France’s largest commercial broadcaster. This will create a new business that, the partners said, will seek to become a European production and distribution powerhouse. The deal has caused controversy in France, where […]

Newen expelled from indies group over TF1 talks

French producers association USPA has unanimously decided to exclude Newen Group and its subsidiaries Telfrance, Barjac Production and Télécip from the organisation over its proposed sale to commercial broadcaster TF1. The exclusive acquisition talks announced between TF1 and French indie group Newen, which produces key drama titles including France 3’s daily drama Plus Belle la […]

Channels join Canal+ founder’s OTT service

Molotov, the upcoming French OTT service being launched by former Canal+ boss Pierre Lescure, has secured distribution deals with a raft of free and pay TV channels ahead of launch. In June Canal+ cofounder Lescure and and Jean-David Blanc (pictured above), the founder of AlloCiné, said they were launching Molotov, a new OTT service that […]

TF1, M6 lose bid for French channel slot

French broadcasters TF1 and M6 have expressed disappointment that their proposed joint teleshopping channel has failed to secure a place in media regulator the CSA’s list of successful candidates for new HD digital-terrestrial frequencies. The pair said that their project would have delivered something new in France, would have allowed French small and medium-sized enterprises […]

truTV, M6 engage in Skin Wars

The UK’s truTV and France’s M6 are among buyers of Passion Distribution-sold Skin Wars. For truTV, which launched in the UK in August 2014, the acquisition of Skin Wars follows on from that of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, which has London-based Passion also sells. The competitive body painting hour-long series runs to ten episodes hosted […]

Germany to visit The Island

German broadcaster ProSieben has ordered its own version of survivalist format The Island. Endemol Shine Germany will produce the show, with filming beginning this summer, ahead of broadcast on the free-to-air channel. The format originated in the UK, where Endemol Shine Group’s Shine TV and Bear Grylls Ventures produced it for Channel 4. There have […]