London TV Screenings sets 2023 dates, goes up against BBC Studios Showcase

London TV Screenings, the fast-growing event organised by All3Media International, Banijay Rights, Entertainment One, Fremantle and ITV Studios, is to be held over the same week as BBC Studios’ flagship market. The London screenings event’s third iteration will run from Monday, 27 February to Friday, 3 March next year, following a 2022 version that attracted more than […]

French TV exports hit record high of $373m, as tax rebate fuels surging int’l investment

French TV exports hit a record €375.9m ($373m) in 2021, while improvements to the country’s Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP) saw investment from outside of the country more than double on 2020’s figure. International spending on French audiovisual programmes – namely sales, pre-sales and investment in coproduction – were up 6% on 2020, according to […]

AMC & SBS Australia among global deals for StudioCanal dramas

Broadcasters including AMC Networks International and SBS Australia have acquired original dramas from French distributor StudioCanal. Sci-fi thriller Infiniti, produced by Empreinte Digitale and Federation Entertainment Belgique, has been picked up by AMC Networks International, SBS in Australia Now Studio in Hong Kong, TV2 in Norway, Nova in Greece, Go3 in the Baltics, Hot in Israel and Telus for […]

Canal+ & Showmax team for South African motor sport drama

Canal + has partnered with African streamer Showmax to co-produce Spinners, a new original action-drama set in the dangerous world of the motor sport of spinning. The 8 x 50-minute English, Kaaps and Afrikaans-language series entered production in Cape Town, South Africa, this week, with Joachim Landau and Raphaël Rocher producing for Empreinte Digitale, while […]

Ex-Canal+ drama chief Fabrice de la Patellière unveils new prodco

Fabrice de la Patellière, who stepped down as head of fiction at France’s Canal+ earlier this year after two decades in the job, has launched his own production company. 2e Bureau is being backed by Canal+ subsidiary StudioCanal and will produce “premium series” and miniseries for channels and platforms in France and internationally. Its focus […]

Deals round-up: Viaplay orders Norwegian drama ‘R.I.P. Henry’; Nine & Viaplay take serial killer doc; ‘Two Lives’ sells across Europe

Viaplay orders Norwegian drama ‘R.I.P. Henry’ Nordic streamer Viaplay has commissioned R.I.P. Henry as its next Norwegian original series. Produced by Ørjan Karlsen for ITV Studios Norway, with Tanya Nanette Badendyck as executive producer for Viaplay Group, the eight-part series follows an arrogant small-town surgeon who is diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour. Given just […]

Red Production CEO Sarah Doole steps down at ‘It’s A Sin’ prodco

Sarah Doole has stepped down as CEO at Red Production Company, the StudioCanal-owned UK company behind Channel 4 hit It’s A Sin. The former Fremantle head of global drama replaced Nicola Shindler as CEO of Red in 2020, after the prodco’s founder moved to start up ITV Studios-backed Quay Street. Doole spent 18 months at Stay Close producer […]

Show of the week: Django

This reimagining of the classic 1960s Western stars Matthias Schoenaerts as the eponymous Django, along with award-winning actress Noomi Rapace. Set in the Wild West in the 1860s and 1870s, Django is a man haunted by the murder of his family eight years earlier, and is still looking for his daughter Sarah, believing that she […]

Exclusive: Apple TV+ hires StudioCanal alum as first French originals exec

Apple TV+ is spreading its commissioning reach across Europe with its first senior hire in France, TBI has learned. Georgetta Curavale will lead on all Apple TV+ originals in the country and reports into Jay Hunt, the streamer’s creative director for Europe. The streamer has been ramping up its French output lately, with Liaison from Ringside Studios […]

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