TF1 Group

TF1 Group to name ex-Canal+ Group CEO Rudolph Belmer as chief

TF1 Group is set to appoint former Canal+ Group chief Rodolphe Belmer as its new CEO, in the latest development during a frenzied week of activity for the French media giant. The move will see Gilles Pélisson, chairman & current CEO at Newen owner TF1, stepping down from his role at the company, which earlier […]

Andy Serkis & Newen prep Marie Tussaud drama with ex-TF1 drama chief

Venom and Black Panther star Andy Serkis is attached as showrunner and director on a period drama exploring the life of Marie Tussaud, the French artist known for her wax sculptures and the now world-famous museum Madame Tussauds. France’s Newen Connect, the sales arm of TF1 Group’s Newen Studios, will distribute the show, which has been […]

Newen Studios promotes Anna Pugacewicz to deputy CEO

TF1 Group-owned Newen Studios has promoted Anna Pugacewicz to become deputy CEO at the French production and distribution outfit. Pugacewicz, who was most recently deputy MD, will now oversee mergers and acquisitions for Newen, adding to her current remit that includes oversight of finance, purchasing and technology. The enlarged role will see her lead the […]

Formats round-up: Noovo bring ‘Survivor’ to French-Canada; TF1 sings out for ‘That’s My Jam’; Something Special teams with MY Entertainment

Noovo bring ‘Survivor’ to French-Canada French-Canadian language channel Noovo has taken the rights to adapt the Banijay reality competition series Survivor. Network owner Bell Media is working with ToRoS productions on a local adaptation of the format, which is distributed globally by Banijay. Survivor features participants trying to survive in remote nature settings. They must […]

Formats round-up: BBC & NBCU strike pact; ‘How To Look Good Naked’ returns to France; ITV orders quizzer ‘Riddiculous’

BBC & NBCU strike ‘groundbreaking’ format pact The UK’s BBC and NBCUniversal in the US have formed a development partnership to find and fund the next wave of unscripted programming ideas. The joint unscripted partnership – described by the companies as “groundbreaking” – will be open to all UK-based production companies and see the two […]

Endemol Shine scores sales for VR format ‘Your Home Made Perfect’

Endemol Shine Group has struck its first international deals for VR property makeover series Your Home Made Perfect, selling the format into the Netherlands and France. The Netherlands’ RTL 4 has commissioned Simpel Media, part of Endemol Shine Netherlands, to produce an eight-episode run of the format, which will air in a primetime slot next year. […]

Newen fast-tracks English expansion with Reel One acquisition

Newen Group’s acquisition of Reel One Entertainment sees the TF1 Group-backed producer-distributor look to crack the English-speaking market and exploit European IP in the US, Canada and UK. The deal marks the French firm’s first concrete move into the English-speaking market, having previously acquired the likes of Denmark’s Nimbus, as well as Dutch formats firm […]

Banijay scripted chief Candilis moves to France Télévisions

France Télévisions has confirmed the appointment of Banijay Group’s head of scripted, Takis Candilis, as second-in-command of the French pubcaster. He will take up his new position on February 26 and replace Xavier Couture, but also take on extended responsibilities, which include all genres. Couture left France Télévisions this week after announcing his exit to […]

Superights hires sales chief after Favennec exit

French kids TV distributor Superights has hired Nathalie Pinguet to become deputy general manager following the exit of Morgan Favennec last month. The role effectively makes Pinguet head of sales and acquisitions at the Paris-based business. Pinguet is best known as deputy director of youth programming and deputy head of programming for TF1 Group’s kids […]