The Returned

Last word: Matthieu Viala, Makever

Matthieu Viala, CEO of French drama producer Makever, on why changes to viewing habits means investment in talent, research and development is more important than ever in TV. Writing is the heart of our industry and continues to be the cornerstone of the TV world, despite the rapid and profound changes occurring. These changes, however, […]

Record level for French TV exports

The latest export stats for French TV programming shows sales to international markets were up 8% to €137.1 million in 2013, setting an all-time record. Monitored by French funding body CNC and exporters’ association TVFI and released at le Rendez-vous in Biarritz, the global figures settle at €173.5 million once presales and coproduction sales are […]

Italian, Russian nets to remake The Returned

Sky Italia’s new pay TV channel Sky Atlantic is one of two channels who will remake French supernatural drama The Returned. Sky and Russia’s Channel One have both acquired the original series, which Haut et Court produced for French pay TV operator Canal+ and Zodiak Rights sells internationally, and local remake rights. Sky Italia’s deal […]

A&E takes US version of The Returned to series

A&E has ordered a ten-episode US version of hit French drama series The Returned. The US cable network’s original content unit, A+E Studios, will coproduce the series with Fremantlemedia North America and Haut et Cort, which made the original French show. Lost writer Carlton Cuse will pen and exec produce the US version alongside Raelle […]

Channel 4 poaches Red Arrow exec for int’nl push

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has poached a Red Arrow UK scripted boss to lead a new push in to international drama coproduction. Simon Maxwell has been named head of international drama and will invest in coproduced dramas as part of a new strategy that will see overseas writers and talent come to Channel 4 and […]

News brief: The Returned goes back to Scandinavia

A trio of Scandinavian broadcasters has bought French paranormal drama The Returned (Les Revenants) from distributor Zodiak Rights. Public channels YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway and Icelandic national broadcaster RUV have acquired the Haut et Court TV-produced show. This comes after Swedish pubcaster SVT became one of the first international channels to acquire the […]

FremantleMedia snags TV rights to Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

The US division of FremantleMedia has acquired the rights to Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. The author will executive produce a TV series based on the 2001 book 2001 fantasy novel, which FremantleMedia will produce. The novel follows a war that is brewing between the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots who are steadily losing […]

Channel 4 buys Norwegian political drama

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired Mammon, a political drama from Norwegian pubcaster NRK. The deal comes after the British channel had success with another foreign-language series, French drama Les Revenants, last year. Nordic World has closed further deals for the 6x60mins Mammon in the Nordic territories, as well as Beta Films picking up rights […]

TVFI awards Zodiak, PGS and France Télévisions

French TV exporters group TVFI has bestowed its annual awards for most successful TV export to Zodiak Rights, PGS Entertainment and France Télévisions Distribution. The annual Export Award recognises the best French-originated programme successes in the international market across three genres: kids, docs and drama. The awards, now in their tenth year, were presented to […]

Zodiak sells The Returned into Asia

Zodiak Rights has cut the first Asian deals for hit French-language drama The Returned. The drama sold well in English-speaking territories and Asian broadcasters have now bought the series, which was originally produced for Canal+ by Haut et Court. In Thailand, True Vision Group has acquired the show, marking the first time it has picked […]