MIPTV round-up: Planete+ orders wartime docudrama; Wag seals science & mystery deals; Newen Connect to shop ‘In The Shadows’

Planete+ orders wartime docudrama Canal+ Group’s Planete+ has ordered 1914, Summer In Hell, a docudrama series from Pernel Media telling the story of the first summer of World War I from the perspective of the soldiers sent to the battlefield and civilians working on the frontline. The 4 x 60-minute series using colourised archive and dramatic recreation to […]

Canal+ duo C8 & Planete+ order Joan of Arc docudrama

Planete+ and C8 in France have ordered a docudrama special retelling the epic story of Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc – Woman, Warrior, Saint (1 x 90 minutes) aims to reveal the French icon’s true personality and will feature around 70% of dramatised reenactments, which will tell her remarkable story through reenacted interviews with […]

Sales round-up: China goes Beyond for kids & factual; BBC takes ABC’s ‘Born To Spy’; ‘The Water Guardians’ land in Canada & Europe

China goes Beyond for kids & factual Chinese broadcasters and platforms have acquired a range of children’s and factual titles, following deals with distributor Beyond Rights. Youku, the streaming platform of Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, has now picked up both series of pre-school animation title Hushabye Lullabye (30 x 3-minutes), a MaraKids production […]

France’s Planete+ sets Pernel doc to make 50th anniversary of Munich Olympic Games tragedy

French broadcaster Planete+ has ordered a documentary focused on the Israeli hostage crisis that shocked the world during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, to coincide with the event’s 50th anniversary. Munich: Of Games And Blood (Des Jeux Et Du Sang Munich 1972) is from French prodco Pernel Media and has been written by writers Philippe Saada and […]

Euro nets dare to Dream the Future

Channels in Germany, Austria and Belgium have pre-bought Canal+-commissioned doc series Dream the Future. The show, which is set for Canal+’s Planete+ in France, will broadcast on Redbull Media Group’s Servus TV in Germany and Austria, and RTBF in Belgium after deals with distributor About Premium Content. Ten-part Dream the Future, from Update Productions and […]

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 […]

Cineflix notches worldwide sales

Cineflix has sold factual and fct-ent titles to a raft of international broadcasters. The independent distributor has shopped Impossible Pictures’ 6x60mins series World War II: The Last Heroes to Italian pubcaster RAI. Also in Italy Nat Geo has acquired two seasons of restaurant series The Opener. In France pay TV channel Planète has picked up […]

Discovery, Foxtel chart Rise of the Nazi Party

Discovery Networks Western Europe and Australian pay platform Foxtel are among buyers of a new history-themed series about the emergence of the Nazi Party in Germany. DNI sister company SBS Discovery Media and Planete have also acquired the 10x50mins series for Scandinavia and France respectively. The Rise of the Nazi Party comes from UK indie […]

French documentaries singled out

Despite European public channels closing documentary slots and growing competition from hosted factual and reality series, the French single doc industry is finding success by diversifying and while presales are tough to secure, emerging territories are seeking international copro partners. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly explores the market. At MIPDoc in April, five out of the ten most […]