Breton’s Federation adds distribution exec

France-based producer and distributor Federation Entertainment has hired Leyla Formoso to head up its drama sales efforts in Latin America. The French-Venezuelan sales exec will be in situ ahead of the MIPCancun, which starts tomorrow, and be shopping Federation’s dramas to local buyers. The Federation slate includes Canal+ series The Bureau, Netflix French original Marseille, […]

Netflix reveals how quickly it hooks viewers

Streaming service Netflix claims to know exactly when its customers around the world become ‘hooked’ to its programmes. The SVOD platform has continued research it began last year by adding 30 more series that have been viewed across six territories to the 20 series in 16 countries studied last year. The new stats show Stranger […]

Altice to invest in originals, new US services

Altice founder Patrick Drahi plans to produce original series in France from next year that he hopes to distribute globally via the company’s distribution networks to its 46 million subscribers. Speaking to journalists in New York on the completion of Altice’s acquisition of Cablevision, Drahi said that he believed Altice Media could create series for […]

Netflix bags Cannes favourite, more Marseille

Streaming service Netflix has acquired its latest first-run film, a French effort that critics received warmly at the recent Cannes film festival, and ordered a second season of French drama Marseille. The movie deal sees Netflix take global rights (excluding France) to Divines, which was awarded the Caméra d’Or (for best first feature film) in […]

Brazilian original drama for Netflix

Netflix has ordered its first Brazilian-created original drama, which will be titled 3%. The series will debut exclusively on the subscription streaming service around the world in 2016, with filming beginning early next year. Oscar-nominated director Cesar Charlone is attached to the drama, which will star João Miguel (Estômago) and Bianca Comparato (Avenida Brasil), will […]

Federation buys into Michel’s Cottonwood

Emerging French indie Federation Entertainment is acquiring a significant shareholding in compatriot Cottonwood Media, a move that reunites former Zodiak executive pair Pascal Breton and David Michel. The agreement sees Cottonwood co-founder Michel become a founding partner in Federation and head of kids and family programmes and sales, with Breton’s Federation becoming a key Cottonwood […]

Japanese originals for Netflix

Fuji Television Network will supply the upcoming Japanese subscription service from streaming giant Netflix with two original series. These will be a new season of Fuji network reality series Terrace House and an original drama, Atelier. Netflix launches in Japan later this year as part of its global expansion strategy. Original local content is becoming […]

Netflix plans German content

Netflix aims to produce an original series in Germany, according to CEO Reed Hastings. Hastings told German news magazine Der Spiegel that the company would “certainly” produce something in Germany, one of the six European markets in which it is set to launch a service in the near future. Hastings told the magazine that his […]

Competition heats up for Netflix

Netflix has shaken up the whole content world – from production with its programme of huge-budgeted originals, distribution with its big cheques for exclusive rights, and transmission with low-cost month-long subscriptions. The same could be said, albeit to a lesser extent, of Amazon with its Prime Instant Video service. Having disrupted the whole TV business, […]

Netflix confirms Marseille as debut French drama original

Netflix is working with writer Dan Franck to create its first French-produced original drama. Marseille will be an eight-part drama of “power, corruption and redemption” for the internet TV service, set in the French port town. It will focus on a long-serving city major, who faces a young and ambitious rival in elections in which […]