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Exclusive: RMC Découverte expands ‘Record-Breaking’ series with Pernel

RMC Découverte in France has ordered a factual documentary that explores some of the most impressive trains of the past 80 years, marking an expansion of its Record-Breaking series franchise from Pernel Media. Record-Breaking Trains tracks locomotives that have pushed the limits of speed and engineering prowess since World War II and is based around […]

How AVOD & SVOD are rewriting the rights rulebook once again (Column)

Pernel Media president Samuel Kissous reflects on another busy MIPCOM, where the shifting demands of the fast-growing AVOD sector and their SVOD counterparts are again impacting how producers, distributors and broadcasters do business. Anticipation for this year’s MIPCOM was relatively high following the more subdued MIPTV in April – with The Majestic’s bar and restaurant […]

Is France’s answer to Netflix too little too late?

France’s local answer to Netflix, Salto, may have received the greenlight from the competition watchdog, but producers warn that without a hefty originals investment and clarity on rights, the platform could struggle to compete with players that are “years ahead” in France. The Autorité de la Concurrence ushered through the beleaguered joint-SVOD between commercial broadcasters […]

Exclusive: Canal+ scales Pyramids series from Pernel, Vivendi Ent

Samuel Kissous’ Pernel Media and Vivendi Entertainment have partnered on a 4K series delving into the construction of the Pyramids for France’s Canal+. Secrets Of The Pyramid Builders (6 x 45 minutes) will examine the construction of Egypt’s Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza from the perspectives of those who worked to build them. […]

France 5 orders The Real War of Thrones

French pubcaster France Télévisions has greenlit The Real War of Thrones: A History of Europe, a four-part doc series about the history of Europe. Indie prodco Pernel Media is making the series for the France 5 net and will produce French and international versions. The series will use drama reconstruction to focus on a period […]

Immigration doc set for MIPTV launch

Orange Smarty will launch Immigration: Tearing My Family Apart to buyers in Cannes after picking up the doc from French prodco Pernel Media. The one-off doc was made by Pernel for Channel 5 in the UK, marking the first time the Viacom-owned net had ordered a show from a French prodco. The film follows families […]

Death Row doc gets green light

NBCUniversal cable net 13éme Rue (13th Street France) has commissioned 20 Years on Death Row, a doc series following the ongoing case of a Californian prisoner awaiting execution. French indie Pernel Media is producing the series, which has exclusive access to the defence’s legal team, to tell the story of Keith Doolin, a truck driver […]

Prison sells

Prisons have long been a source of fascination for TV producers – as illustrated by series such as British sitcom Porridge, Australian soap Prisoner Cell Block H and HBO limited series Oz. Right now, though, there are more outstanding prison-themed shows than ever, across both scripted and factual television, reports Andy Fry. Prison might not […]

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