France’s W9 orders new Banijay game show format ‘Les Cinquante’

French network W9 has commissioned a new game show format, Les Cinquante, from Banijay Productions France. The format features a Machiavellian game master, the Lion, who, away from prying eyes, in his castle inhabited by dogs, foxes and rabbits, challenges 50 reality TV stars to a relentless and unpredictable game that only he can control. […]

France’s M6 launching suite of online channels

French commercial broadcaster M6 Group will tomorrow launch four online TV channels on its 6play app. The four new channels on 6play are Styles, focusing on fashion and beauty; Stories, comprising television movies; Comic, a comedy channel and Crazy Kitchen, covering cooking. Valéry Gerfaud, CEO of M6 Web, said that the ambition for 6play is […]

M6 scores new Fox output deal

French broadcaster M6 Group has secured a multi-year programming agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. The deal gives M6 free- and basic rights to Fox TV series such as Touch and a host of feature films and library titles. The shows will broadcast across the M6 suite of channels, which comprise W9, 6Ter, Paris […]

New deals for German scripted reality series Day and Night

All3Media has secured deals for its German-originated scripted reality format Day and Night. The show, which was created by All3Media’s German production company Filmpool, has been bought by M6’s W9 channel in France and free-to-air channel RTL Klub in Hungary and TV JOJ in Slovakia. W9, the DTT channel owned by, has commissioned the series […]

Broadcasters take The Simpsons short film

Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has made The Simpsons spin-off short film The Longest Daycare available to a host of international broadcasters. The four-minute film, which features Maggie Simpson, was developed for a theatrical release and Fox has made it available to broadcasters including Sky 1 and Sky 3D in the UK and M6’s digital […]

M6 open to SVOD partnership with TF1

French commercial broadcaster M6 is open to the idea of a subscription video-on-demand partnership with rival broadcaster TF1, according to the company’s president, Nicolas de Tavernost. In an interview with financial daily Les Echos, De Tavernost also said M6 should successfully grow its advertising revenue this year to better reflect its audience share. Following comments […]

French TNT explodes

The French broadcasting family is about to get bigger. This month will see the arrival in the free-to-air game of a major player, Canal+, whose acquisition of DTT outlets Direct 8 and Direct Star from Group Bolloré was approved by the Competition Authority in July. Marie-Agnès Bruneau reports. French communications regulator the CSA is about […]