An overview of French contents’ international successes

Drama

« Major consolidation forecast after Covid ».

 Oli HAMETT, C21Media, 08/02/2021, www.c21media.net

“The rise in streaming, while on a global scale, has also seen a rise in interest in European content. The report says that French and Nordic dramas, in particular, are travelling well, partly because the pandemic has hit production and studios need their libraries filling. This will also increase demand over the next few years.” READ MORE…

« When Work Becomes Life in “Call My Agent!” and “The Bureau“.

Alexandra SCHWARTZ, The New Yorker, 08/02/2021, www.newyorker.com

“But there’s no pleasure like experiencing real affinity for fictional characters, and that is a commodity that “Call My Agent!,” with its sparkling comic tone and sincere heart, provides in abundance. The show has made for excellent company since it first came to the United States, four years ago,…”

“…another French show, “The Bureau” (on Sundance Now), created by Eric Rochant. If you have been singing the show’s praises for years, chapeau. If you haven’t yet seen it, stop reading and go watch; it’s that good. (…) Following in the tradition of John le Carré, “The Bureau” succeeds both as an exemplary spy drama and as a critique of the same: it detonates the genre from within.” READ MORE…

The Bureau (5 seasons, 50×52’) / Federation Entertainment

« Call My Agent: the French TV hit that viewers and actors adore».

Jon HENLEY, The Guardian, 15/01/2021, www.theguardian.com

““France is really benefiting from a global trend in TV series towards strong, original, local stories, anchored in their territory and free of American and British norms,” said Laurence Herszberg, director of the international Series Mania festival. The show, she said, was so big because it was “set in a milieu we don’t know well but would like to; because the agents are sympathetic and passionate and people like them even more than the guest stars; because it’s very French – it’s in Paris, it has office love affairs …””

“Successful remakes are now airing in French-speaking Canada and Turkey, with more in development in India, China, Vietnam and the UK, where the series will be produced by the team behind the popular BBC mockumentaries 2012 and W1A.Versions are also being negotiated from Germany and Italy to South Korea, according to France 2.” READ MORE…

Call my Agent! (4 seasons, 24×52’) / TF1 Studios (1st season) & France tv distribution (season 2-4)

« REVEALED: The French in-jokes from TV Series Call my Agent ».

AFP, The Local, 04/02/2021, www.thelocal.fr

Call My Agent! decoded…

“As well as being an excellent and funny watch, the TV series set in a Paris talent agency is also highly educational.” READ MORE…

« Canal Plus Unmasks France’s Belle Epoque in the Studiocanal-Sold ‘Paris Police 1900’ ».

John HOPEWELL, Emiliano GRANADA, Variety, 19/01/2021, variety.com

“Was France’s Belle Epoque really so belle? (…) the eight-part series offers a candid take on a tumultuous time.”

“A Studiocanal banner title at NATPE Miami that is set to bow on Canal Plus in the coming weeks, “Paris Police 1900” is a big swing, even by the French pay TV giant’s standards, season one being budgeted at a reported €16 million ($19.4 million). With the second season in development, it also has the makings of a signature show for Europe’s second biggest pay TV company.” READ MORE…

Paris Police 1900 (8×60’) / StudioCanal

« France tv distribution records more drama sales ».

Press Release, 13/01/2021, www.francetvpro.fr

“French fiction continues to enjoy huge success beyond borders. Meanwhile, France tv distribution is busy pursuing its role in exporting original French works, promoting their international reach.” READ MORE…

Stalk (10×22’) / France tv Distribution

Kids

« French Animation in Focus ».

Mansha DASWANI, TV Kids.ws, 04/02/2021, worldscreen.com

“The third day of the TV Kids Festival opened this morning (4th of February)  with a panel on the French animation landscape with Xilam Animation’s Marc du Pontavice, Superprod’s Clément Calvet and Dandelooo’s Emmanuèle Pétry-Sirvin. ” READ MORE…

« Oggy and the Cockroaches Franchise Expands Globally ».

aNb  Media, 27/01/2021, www.anbmedia.com

“Academy Award-nominated French animation studio Xilam Animation has secured a wave of international broadcast deals across its Oggy and the Cockroaches non-dialogue comedy franchise, which has celebrated international success for the last 20 years, and has now been expanded into three brands: the original classic series spanning seven seasons and 500 episodes; the  Oggy – Next Gen reboot with a fresh design and thematic focus; and the fully CGI-animated Oggy Oggy spin-off for preschool audiences.” READ MORE…

Oggy and the Cockroaches – Next Gen (78×7’) / Xilam Animation

«Asterix’s canine spin-off collars partners ».

Nico Franks, C21Media, 13/01/2021, www.c21media.net

“A number of international broadcasters, including M6 in France, Super RTL in Germany, Télé Québec in Canada and RTS in Switzerland, are on board the first TV spin-off from classic comic character Asterix, recently commissioned by France Télévisions. (…) LS Distribution, part of Mediawan Group, has agreed a worldwide distribution deal with the CGI-animated show’s producer, Studio 58, which is working with GMT Productions on the show.” READ MORE…

Dogmatix (aka Idefix) & the Indomitables (52×11’) / LS Distribution

« France tv distribution records more animation sales ».

Press Release, 13/01/2021, www.francetvpro.fr

“French-made animation shows are doing well beyond their native land, enjoying success around the world. France tv distribution is busy pursuing its role in exporting these original French works, promoting their international reach.” READ MORE…

Super Caribou (48×11′ and 2×22′ or 1×44′) / France tv Distribution

Docs/Factual

« Wowow visits Harbour ».

Richard Middleton, TBI, 08/01/2021, tbivision.com

“Japanese broadcaster Wowow and Discovery in Asia Pacific are among the networks to have acquired French factual titles from Hong Kong-based distributor Harbour Rights…“

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Icons of the Wild (5×52’) / Ampersand / Harbour Rights

« Altice and Kwanza ink distribution deal for new documentaries produced by RMC Production ».

Presse Release, 13/01/2021, www.kwanza.fr

“The news comes in the wake of an already fruitful collaboration initiated 2 years ago, with the co-production and distribution of the film Petra: Secrets of the Ancient Builders. This documentary was pre-bought by National Geographic Worldwide and sold in 13 other territories…” READ MORE…

Petra: Secret of the Ancient Builders (1×52’) / Kwanza

« Quintus Studios Bolsters Its Vod Channels With French Factual Titles ».

Señal News, 27/01/2021, senalnews.com

“Securing a deal with France TV Distribution, the rights management entity of the France Télévisions Group, Quintus Studios has acquired the rights to “Extreme Trades” (4×60’) for both its VOD channels Free Documentary and FD Real. (…) Quintus Studios has also acquired “Masters of Engineering” (2×60’) co-produced by France Télévisions and 2P2L from Paris based documentary distribution company Lucky You and “Exceptional Transportation” (1×60’) directed by Anthony Binst and produced by Interscoop and “The Challenge of Bridge Maintenance” (1×52’) produced by Interscoop, Paris and Hong Kong based documentary distribution company Ampersand.“ READ MORE…

Masters of Engineering (10×52’ & 10×90’) / Lucky You

« Terranoa’s End of the year Sales News ».

Press Release, www.terranoa.com

“YLE bought THE 1,001 FACES OF PALMYRAas well as Axess TV which also bought THE FABULOUS HISTORY OF SKIING, ASTEROID MINING, THE NEW EL DORADO, PYRAMIDS BUILDERS – NEW CLUES, and HOMO SPATIUSREAD MORE…

The 1,001 Faces of Palmyra (1×90’ or 1×52’) / Terranoa

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