Laetitia Recayte leaving France Télévisions

Laetitia Recayte is exiting France Télévisions this summer. The former Newen Group exec joined the French pubcaster in a wide-ranging rights exploitation role in late 2015, but is soon leaving the French pubcaster. French trade title Satellifax broke the news this morning. It reported that Recayte’s decision to leave France Télévisions was based upon her remuneration […]

Newen buys Dutch prodco Tuvalu

France-based producer and distributor Newen has taken a majority stake in the Tuvalu Media Group. The deal sees another change in ownership at the Amsterdam-based prodco, after it was acquired by Sony Pictures Television in 2008 before being sold back to a management and private equity team. Tuvaulu founders Taco Zimmerman and Douwe van der […]

Increased costs hit TF1

French broadcaster TF1’s performance for the first nine months of the year has been hit by a series of factors, including increased sports rights costs, the increased cost of drama programming, the acquisition of Newen Studios and the year-on-year impact of offloading Eurosport. The broadcaster posted revenues of €1.427 billion for the first nine months, up […]

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 […]

France Televisions, Newen resolve TF1 spat

France Télévisions has resolved its spat with local producer Newen following an agreement over daily soap Plus Belle la Vie. A huge, public argument had broken out after commercial broadcaster TF1 acquired Newen, which heavily relies on commissions from France Télévisions. Newen was thrown out of an independent producers body after the sotry came to […]

France Télévisions shakes up quotas, rights deals

France Télévisions has agreed new production quotas and secondary rights agreements with industry groups representing the country’s content producers. The French pubcaster inked a deal with the SATEV the SPFA, SPI and USPA industry associations yesterday that governs how much it will plough into indie production and how much will be in-house, as well as […]

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 […]

Michel replacing Recayte at TV France Int’l

France Télévisions executive Hervé Michel has been elected president of TV France International and will take the helm at the French distributors industry group from early next year. He replaces Laetitia Recayte, the former head of distribution at Newen, the production group controversially being bought by TF1. She resigned at TVFI president after leaving Newen […]

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 […]