An overview of French contents’ international successes

« Le Rendez-Vous Docs 2021: TV France Showed the Best French Documentaries »

SeñalNews, 18/03/2021, senalnews.com

TV France International carried out the first edition of Le Rendez-Vous DOCS, a new and unique market dedicated entirely to documentaries of which 124 international buyers from 38 countries participated along with 24 exporters. (…) Filmed in live conditions at Le Shack, the three superhighlights Lil’ Buck, Real Swan; Hitler, Stalin: a secret relationship and Top of the Rocks were hosted by France 24 and France Culture journalist Marjorie Paillon. (…) Following on from an initiative launched at Le Rendez-Vous Bi@rritz 2020, TV France offered to its members in the documentary community the chance to pitch their new projects. 18 projects have been chosen by a poll conducted among international buyers and commissioning editors from every corner of the globe.” READ MORE…

Hervé Michel, President of TV France International and Sarah Hemar, Executive Director

« TV France International Launches Rendez-Vous DOCS ».

Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 08/03/2021, variety.com

TV France International, the French TV promotion organisation, is launching the first edition of Rendez-Vous DOCS, a series of online pitching dedicated to documentaries. (…) the sessions will highlight 18 projects and each program will be pitched by producers/and or sales agents and filmmakers at a Paris venue called Le Shack. (…) The presentation will be followed by live Q&A sessions during which distributors, producers will discuss their program with clips and trailers.” READ MORE…

« France Channels to make US debut in Q2 2021 ».

Julian Clover, Broadband TV News, 15/03/2021, www.broadbandtvnews.com

“France Channels, the Britbox-like streaming service, is to launch in the United States in the second quarter of 2021. The operator has secured over 2,000 hours of content including movies, series, documentaries and magazines…” READ MORE…

Drama / Fiction

« TBI Show of the Week: In Treatment ».

TBI Reporter, Television Business International, 15/03/2021, tbivision.com

In distribution

This French drama is the latest adaptation of Israel’s acclaimed BeTipul format, which has already proved a hit in countries across the world – and looks set to do the same in France. (…)

DistributorsArte & Federation Entertainment

Producers: Arte & Federation Entertainment

Broadcaster: Arte

Logline: French adaptation of the BeTipul format, following a psychotherapist as he treats patients in the days immediately after the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks.” READ MORE…


In Treatment (2020, 35×26′) / Federation Entertainment

« MHz Choice Adds New Finnish, French, German Titles ».

Kristin Brzoznowski, TVDrama, 08/03/2021, worldscreen.com

Sales

“The MHz Choice streaming service has added to its April lineup (…) the French fantasy-thriller Wonderland stars Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion) as Alice, a mysterious woman in 1960s Biarritz with secrets clouding her past and present. Pierre Deladonchamps (Spiral, Nicolas Le Floch) plays young idealist Jérémy, whom writer-director Hervé Hadmar describes as “a man who travels through time for love.” (…) The Movie of the Week series continues with new weekly TV movies from France: Storm Warning, starring Blandine Bellavoir (Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games) and Antoine Dulery (Perfect Murders), and Valparaiso, with Thierry Godard (Spiral, A French Village).” READ MORE…

« A bath for your brain: why French drama Torn is perfect pandemic TV ».

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, 25/02/2021, www.theguardian.com

In distribution

“It took me a while to warm to Walter Presents/All 4’s French drama Torn. (…) But, God, things have changed since then. When I noticed about a week ago that Torn had materialised on Channel 4’s streaming platform, I decided it was time for a reappraisal. (…) Watching a series set against a Provençal paradise – all big stone buildings and vivid greens, air so warm that you can almost smell it – is the closest that most of us will get to a foreign holiday for the foreseeable future. The fact that the cast – led by Julie Gayet and Bruno Debrandt (Brémont in Spiral) – is preposterously attractive helps, too. This is not a show that requires close scrutiny. It is a bath for your brain and, good lord, your brain needs a bath. (…) Finally, it is French.” READ MORE…

Bruno Debrandt & Julie Gayet in Torn (2019, 6×52′) / Federation Entertainment

« Baron Noir: Topic Acquires Exclusive Rights to Third Season of French Political Drama ».

Sales

Linda Jew, The Euro TV Place, 24/02/2021, theeurotvplace.com

“Topic, First Look Media’s SVOD streaming service, has announced that it has picked up the third season of the critically-acclaimed French political drama Baron Noir. (…) Developed by Eric Benzekri (Maison Close) and Jean-Baptiste Delafon (Promises), Baron Noir is the saga of Rickwaert’s political life — from his days as a member of Parliament and the mayor of Dunkirk, to being the fall guy for presidential candidate (and Philippe’s now-former friend) Francis Laugier (Niels Arestrup, The French Minister) and then the shadow adviser to Amélie Dorendeu (Anna Mouglalis, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky), the second person he helps to get into the Elysée Palace.” READ MORE…

Baron Noir (2015-2019, 24 x 52′) / StudioCanal

« MK2 Films Sparks Bidding War With Celine Sciamma’s ‘Petite Maman’ (EXCLUSIVE) ».

Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 16/03/2021, variety.com

Sales (EFM)

“Celine Sciamma’s Berlinale competition title “Petite Maman” has been sold by MK2 Films around the world with some bidding wars in multiple territories. (…) “Petite Maman” was bought by Neon for North America and MUBI for the U.K. and Turkey during the virtual Berlin Film Festival. MK2 Films is currently negotiating further sales.” READ MORE…

« France tv distribution Scores Movie Sales ».

Videoage, 05/03/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

Sales (EFM)

France tv distribution inked new sales deals for titles in its film catalogue. Produced by Jerico Films and Père et Films, Hear Me Out (On est fait pour s’entendre) has been picked up by German distributor Neue Visionen, (…) France tv distribution also closed sales deals for Lovers (Amants), produced by Les Films Pelléas.” READ MORE…

« The Party Films Sales Boards ‘Too Close to the Sun,’ ‘My Neighbor’s Neighbours,’ ‘The Sea Ahead’ (EXCLUSIVE) ».

Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 23/02/2021, variety.com

Sales (EFM)

The Party Films Sales, the sales outfit behind the Golden-Globe nominated drama “Two of Us,” has acquired a trio of feature debuts from promising filmmakers, “Too Close to the Sun,” “The Sea Ahead,” and the animated film “My Neighbor’s Neighbours.” (…) The Party Films Sales will introduce all three projects at the virtual European Film Market. (…)The Paris-based company launched a year ago with the merger of Jour2Fête, a French distribution company, and Doc & Film International, a world sales company.” READ MORE…

« Modern Day ‘Monte-Cristo’ Series in Development With Federation, Dan Franck, Jerome Salle (EXCLUSIVE) ».

Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 18/02/2021, variety.com

In Development

“Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment is set to develop “Monte-Cristo,” an ambitious series adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ literary classic, to be directed by Jérôme Salle (“Zulu,” “Anthony Zimmer”). “Monte-Cristo,” written by Dan Franck (“Les Hommes de l’Ombre,” “Carlos”), will be a modern reimagining of Dumas’ 1844 classic “The Count of Monte Cristo” and will be set in the 21st century to tackle contemporary issues.” READ MORE…

« Matthias Schoenaerts to Play Django in ‘Gomorrah’ Team’s Spaghetti Western Reboot for Sky/Canal+ ».

Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 18/02/2021, www.hollywoodreporter.com

In Development

“Matthias Schoenaerts is set to don his Stetson in the title role in Django, a “high-concept reimagining” of the classic Spaghetti Western to be produced as a 10-part TV series for European TV giants Sky and Canal+. (…) A Canal+ Création Originale and Sky Original, Django will be broadcast on the Canal+ channels in France, Benelux and Africa and on Sky’s services in Italy, the U.K., Ireland, Austria and Germany. StudioCanal has worldwide distribution rights.” READ MORE…

« Sky Studios and Gaumont to produce ‘The Wasp’ ».

Press Release Sky Group, 19/02/2021, www.skygroup.sky

In Development

“Sky Studios and Gaumont announce The Wasp, the first Sky Original comedy to be produced for Sky Deutschland. The six-part series tells the story of Eddie Frotzke, a fallen professional dart player who, after a prolonged career slump, wants to return to his former glory. With the help of his old buddy Nobbe, also a rusty dart pro but with a strong tendency to alcohol, Eddie wants to find his way back into life and his career, proving that he was not called “The Wasp” for nothing.” READ MORE…

Kids

« StudioCanal and Shanghai Senyu Media to Take ‘The Adventures of Paddington’ to China ».

NickAlive!, 17/03/2021, nickalive.blogspot.com

In Distribution

StudioCanal has partnered with Shanghai Senyu Media to bring its animated kids’ series The Adventures of Paddington to mainland China, with the distributor representing the show at the virtual Filmart in Hong Kong.” READ MORE…

The Adventures of Paddington (2019, 52×11’) / StudioCanal

« Disney+ Picks Up ‘Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir’».

Videoage, 26/02/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

Sales

“ZAG and ON kids & family signed a global deal with Disney Channels for seasons four and five of Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. (…) Disney+ also picked up all five seasons for the global streaming service, excluding Brazil, Korea, and China.” READ MORE…

Miraculous — Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (2014-2018, 78×26’) / ZAG and ON kids & family (Mediawan Rights)

« TeamTO Sells ‘Jade Armor’ In U.S. And LATAM ».

Videoage, 26/02/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

Sales

TeamTO sold all of the U.S. and Latin American broadcast, digital, and licensing rights to Jade Armor. (…) The animated series will join the kids and family lineup on Cartoon Network and HBO Max in early 2022. The series was also recently sold to France Télévisions and Germany’s Super RTL.” READ MORE…

« Netflix Orders Animated ‘Asterix & Obelix’ Series ».

Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 03/03/2021, www.hollywoodreporter.com

In Development

“Netflix has given a series order for a new animated take on classic comic-book franchise Asterix & Obelix. The streaming giant is teaming with French publisher Hachette’s Les Editions Albert René on a French-language limited series based on the graphic novel series about the two eponymous Gauls (…) Alain Chabat, writer and director of the most successful film adaptation — 2002 live-action hit Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra — has signed on to direct the series, which Alain Goldman of Legende Films will produce (…) Netflix is ramping up its French original content, which includes such hits as Omar Sy-starrer Lupin and cult favorite Call My Agent! Last year the company opened a new headquarters in Paris, part of a broader move to boost its slate of non-English-language films and series.” READ MORE…

« Cottonwood, ZDF, ZDFE, HBO Max, Globo Set ‘Indiana Jones’-Style Live-Action Kids Series ‘Theodosia’ (EXCLUSIVE) ».

John Hopewell, Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 25/02/2021, variety.com

In Development

‘In a powerful alliance, Paris-based premium kids content producer Cottonwood Media, German public broadcaster ZDF and its co-pro and distribution arm ZDF Enterprises, HBO Max and Brazil’s Globo are teaming to produce “Theodosia,” a big new live action kids adventure series targeting family audiences. (…) One is Cottonwood Media, the kids and family production company at Paris and L.A -based Federation Entertainment…” READ MORE…

Docs / Factual / Formats

« ZED Inks Sales Deals For Two Royal Family Docs ».

Videoage, 17/03/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

Sales

ZED secured several sales deals for two documentaries focused on royal families. Produced by Elephant and Chrysalide Productions for France Télévisions, Queen Elizabeth’s Last Battles (pictured) shares insight into the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. It features recent archival material as well as interviews with those close to the Royal Family. (…) ZED also closed deals for Her Name Was Grace Kelly, produced by Patrick Spica Productions for France Télévisions.” READ MORE…

Her Name was Grace Kelly (2020, 52’ & 90’) / ZED

« Ampersand back with more ‘Flavors’ ».

Richard Middleton, Television Business International, 15/03/2021, tbivision.com

In Distribution

“Ampersand is in production on a new season of its travel series Flavors. The new 13-episode season will visit destinations including Venice, Egypt and Vietnam as it sets out to uncover beautiful landscapes, lifestyles and people.” READ MORE…

« Fort Boyard Returns to Poland ».

Kristin Brzoznowski, TVFormats, 10/03/2021, worldscreen.com

Sales

“Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has commissioned Fort Boyard as its first local original production in Poland. The family adventure show returns to Poland after ten years. Endemol Shine Poland  – part of European production and distribution giant Banijay – will produce the local treatment, which will debut this fall on Viaplay. Fort Boyard is a French adventure game-show format developed in 1990. In each episode, two teams of celebrities compete against each other, and the fort, to secure the most money. The contestants compete in tough physical adventure escape room-based challenges both inside and outside the fort alongside riddles and mind-related games to be won.” READ MORE…

« Federation, Fred Fougea launch factual label & unveil ‘Mediterranean’ with BBCS, France TV ».

Richard Middleton, Television Business International, 04/03/2021, tbivision.com

Pre-Sales

“France’s Federation Entertainment has joined forces with Fred Fougea’s Boreales to launch a new premium factual label, which has already started work on a project that has France Televisions and BBC Studios (BBCS) attached. (…) The first production to launch under the new label is six-hour natural history show Mediterranean, which is being co-produced by Boreales Federation with France Televisions and BBCS. It has been created by Fougea and began filming in May last year, with scheduled delivery slated for Spring 2022. (…) Mediterranean is being sold by BBCS and Federation, with Terra Mater (Germany), Anemon (Greece) and Rai/Fabula (Italy) already attached as coproduction partners. Pre-sales deals include NDR (Germany’s ARD), Switzerland’s RTS, Austria’s Servus TV and Romania’s Antena.” READ MORE…

« Federation Entertainment Boards ‘Vatican,’ ‘The Sect’ (EXCLUSIVE) ».

Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 09/02/2021, variety.com

In Distribution

Federation Entertainment, Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan’s independent production and distribution group, is ramping up its premium documentary output with a slate of new acquisitions, including “The Vatican” and “The Sect.” “The Vatican” is a six-part investigative documentary series exploring the pinnacle of Catholicism (…) “The Sect,” meanwhile, delivers an in-depth look into the Order of the Solar Temple. The five-part docuseries sheds light on what led 74 members of the cult to commit mass suicide across France, Switzerland and Canada, between 1994 and 1997.” READ MORE…

The Sect (2020, 5×52’) / Federation Entertainment

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