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TVFI re-elects president

French distributors body TV France International (TVFI) has re-elected current president Hervé Michel. This hands Michel (pictured) a second, two-year term as head of the association, which promotes French distribution both locally and internationally. The exec, who co-founded the international sales arm of France Télévisions, was first elected in November 2015, when he replaced Laetitia […]

NHK, Canal+ buy Escape From ISIS doc

NHK in Japan and France’s Canal+ are among buyers of Escape From ISIS. ZDF (Germany), TV Globo (Brazil), the ABC (Australia) SVT (Sweden), VRT (Belgium), DR (Denmark), RTL (Holland), TV3 (Spain), TV2 (Norway), YLE (Finland), TVN (Poland), LRT (Lithuania) and ERR (Estonia) have all acquired the doc. France-based distributor Java Films, which turns ten this […]

Java bags RT doc titles

France’s Java Films has acquired a batch of documentaries and reportage content from Russian multilingual news network RT. The deal hands Java European distribution rights to shows including the 1x26mins Ballet, Sweat and Tears, 1x52mins Antarctica: Ready for Winter, 1x25mins Fragile People, 1x52mins Tent City, 1x25mins Brides By Force and 1x25mins Mandrogi. Java founder and […]

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 […]

French doc firm scores VOD distribution deal

France-based doc distributor Java Films has hooked up with North American video-on-demand aggregator Syndicato. The strategic deal will see Syndicato, which places VOD content on major online platforms such as Netflix and Amazon, taking Java-owned films such as Desert Riders (above), Sunday in Brazzaville and The Undocumented to Europe, Latin America and Asia. “Digital is […]