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Vive la France: Adapting to a new normal

Driven by a high volume of content – 4,873 hours in all – produced in 2017, the French TV market is moving fast: trying to preserve its cultural cachet and regulatory requirements while adapting to new challenges introduced by international and OTT players. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly reports From an international point of view, the growing number […]

Exclusive: Amazon taps TF1 exec to head up unscripted in France

Amazon has hired TF1’s non-scripted development manager Thomas Dubois to head up unscripted in France. Dubois joined Amazon’s European team this week. At TF1 he handled new project development and format commissioning for the French channel, and DTT channels TMC and NT1. For over three years he assisted the creation of new formats and developed […]

Exclusive: TF1 drama commissioner resurfaces at Netflix

Longtime TF1 commissioner Julie Anthony has resurfaced at Netflix.  Anthony, a 10-year exec with TF1, most recently served as a drama commissioner within the French commercial broadcaster’s international drama development division. She departed last fall, with her role taken over by Adeline Tarrade. Anthony oversaw such dramas as TF1’s Ransom (pictured), a co-production with US broadcaster CBS, Canada’s […]

Federation Entertainment launches docs arm

Federation Entertainment has created a documentary arm overseen by former Canal+ and Black Pills exec Myriam Weil. The new division has struck an agreement with Universal Music France to develop a collection of documentaries on the the label’s most iconic artists for a French channel and platform. Weil, who most recently served as VP of […]

Newen acquires Spain’s The Room

TF1’s Newen Distribution has acquired Spanish series The Room, written by Víctor García, Eduardo Villanueva and Manuel Sanabria. Produced by Isla Audiovisual, Can Can Producciones and Funwood Media The Room is currently being shot and will be broadcast on Forta stations and HBO Spain in 2019. The series follows Yago Costa who was considered the best police […]

Hulu picks up French CGI series Monchhichi

Hulu has picked up French CGI series Monchhichi, which has been greenlit for a second season on French broadcaster TF1. Monchhichi is based on a popular plush toy that first emerged in Japan in 1974. The TV series is produced by Paris-based Technicolor Animation Productions and will be co-produced with TF1 for its second season. […]

Histoire chief Buisson resigns

Patrick Buisson (pictured), the controversial head of TF1 Group-owned channel Histoire, has resigned. In a short statement, TF1 said that Buisson had “significantly contributed to the development and success of the Histoire channel during the course the last 11 years” and thanked him for “his commitment during nearly 20 years of worked since his appointment […]

Newen acquires stakes in Dutch and Danish prodcos

TF1-owned Newen is acquiring equity stakes in two production companies: Pupkin, from the Netherlands and Nimbus, from Denmark. The acquisition reflects Newen’s focus on drama in Europe, as the French company broadens it footprint to territories outside of its own. In May 2017, the company also created a £50 million (US$54.8 million) drama investment fund […]

TF1 France orders Endemol Shine’s Big Bounce Battle

Endemol Shine France has been commissioned by TF1 France to create a local version of Endemol Shine’s Big Bounce Battle format. Originally created by Endemol Shine Netherlands, the Big Bounce Battle format was co-developed with Endemol Shine Germany for RTL, which signed up for a second series of the show in April. The competition sees contestants try to conquer a variety […]

TF1’s international content studio Newen unveils top team

Earlier this week, TF1 secured clearance from the French competition authorities for its acquisition of the remaining 30% of Newen Studios group. And it has lost no time in putting in place a new management structure to run the production and distribution giant. TF1’s first move was to name Bibiane Godfroid, as chair and CEO […]

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