Newen Connect

Newen Connect appoints Banijay alum Andrew Sime to lead on formats

French distributor Newen Connect has hired former Banijay Rights exec Andrew Sime to lead its format business. Sime takes the newly created role of head of format sales at the French outfit and will work with Newen-owned production companies including Tuvalu, De Mensen and Izen on IP. He will also partner with broadcaster parent TF1 […]

Flare & Newen link for Joyrider & Ildikó Enyedi’s drama ‘Balaton Brigade’

Berlin-based Flare Entertainment and French distributor Newen Connect have struck a deal to co-develop and distribute drama series Balaton Brigade. The eight-part cold war spy drama is from Hungary’s Joyrider and director Ildikó Enyedi. Hungary’s RTL Klub is already onboard and Flare will begin pitching the project to German broadcasters this autumn. Newen Connect will […]

Exclusive: Newen’s int’l boss talks Kubik deal & Europe-wide strategy

Newen Group has followed up its deal for iZen Group in Spain by returning to the country to take a minority stake in La Zona prodco Kubik Films. The French production & distribution company’s head of international Philippe Levasseur, in his first interview since being appointed to the role, tells TBI’s Pascale Paoli-Lebailly about further acquisition plans for Germany and […]

Newen merges Telfrance, CAPA & 17 Juin to form new French division

French production and distribution group Newen has restructured its domestic operations by combining Telfrance, CAPA and 17 Juin into a single entity. Newen France will be led by Vincent Meslet, the producer of soaps Demain Nous Appartient and Ici Tout Commence. Meslet is a former head of programmes at France 3 and Arte, and takes up the […]

News round-up: ITV Studios sells 300+ hours in India; Newen Connect to distribute Italy’s ‘Christian’ and more…

ITV Studios sells 300+ hours in India Soon-to-launch streamer Discovery+, Lionsgate Play and Viacom 18 have collectively acquired more than 300 hours of scripted and non-scripted content for India in a raft of deals with ITV Studios. Discovery+ has signed a deal for factual titles including Atlantic Productions’ Attenborough’s Journey, a look back at Sir David […]

Newen appoints NBCU & Sky Vision alum as EVP of distribution

French production group Newen has appointed former Sky Vision and NBCUniversal (NBCU) exec Leona Connell to lead its global sales division. Connell becomes EVP of distribution at Newen Connect and will be based in London and Paris, reporting to Newen’s recently appointed chief distribution officer Rodolphe Buet. She will lead the fiction and non-fiction sales teams in France […]