An overview of international successes for French content

“TV France International’s Le Rendez-Vous goes online”

Videoage, 07/05/2021, www.videoageinternational.ne

TV France International announced that this year’s edition of Le Rendez-Vous Bi@rritz will take place entirely as a digital event. Le Rendez-Vous Bi@rritz 2021 will feature a program of video content, Super Highlights, project pitches, and themed conference sessions. The platform will be supported by Screenopsis, the database for French programs for export. In addition, the Studio du Rendez-Vous Bi@rritz is planning to set up once again in Paris, where members and big names will be invited for the event’s filming.” READ MORE…

“Are international tv markets headed for a virtual, in-person hybrid scheme?”

Will Thorne, Variety, 17/05/2021, variety.com

“(…) TV France International, an organization which promotes French series and creativity, is attending the event (LA Virtual Screenings) for the first time and helping to present nine series, including animated offering Grosha & Mr B and premium drama Gloria, across a range of genres. Sarah Hemar, the company’s Executive Director, says the relatively new event provides an excellent opportunity to increase the visibility of French content in more American and Latin American-centric markets. ‘I’m just curious how it goes because it’s a first,” Hemar says. “We are quite strong in South America with animation, but we want to do better in fiction and documentaries.’” READ MORE…

Drama / Fiction

“The TV shows that reveal the real France”

Benjamin Ramm, BBC Culture, 06/05/2021, www.bbc.com

French TV Shows

French TV has never been more popular internationally – but the biggest shows at home reflect a conflicted nation, anxious about its place in the world, writes Benjamin Ramm. During the long, lonely evenings of lockdown, the world turned to French television. Series such as Call My Agent!, The Bureau, and Lupin were streamed globally and acclaimed for their flair and originality. An industry once derided for producing derivative melodrama – and always in the shadow of French cinema – finally seems to have found its own voice. Just as ‘Nordic Noir’ captured the world’s imagination at the start of this century, the past decade has seen the evolution of television’s so-called ‘new French Wave’.” READ MORE…

Baron Noir (2016-2019, 24×52’) / StudioCanal

“Amazon lands Call My Agent! Brit remake for UK & Ireland; Kelly Macdonald, Helena Bonham Carter to make cameos”

Tom Grater, Deadline, 21/05/2021, deadline.com

Remake

Amazon Prime Video has locked UK and Ireland rights to the forthcoming British remake of hit French series Call My Agent! As Deadline revealed, John Morton (W1A) is writing and directing the first two episodes and executive producing the series, which will star Jack Davenport, Lydia Leonard, Maggie Steed, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Jim Broadbent, and more. (…) Call My Agent! has been a runaway hit; we’re delighted to have worked hand in hand with the creative teams behind the show to bring a uniquely British slant for Prime Video members in the UK and Ireland,’ said Martin Backlund, Head of Content, UK, Ireland and Nordics at Prime Video.” READ MORE…

Call My Agent! is coming to the UK: Lydia Leonard and Jack Davenport lead adaptation from W1A creator”

Katie Rosseinsky, Standard Evening, 06/05/2021, www.standard.co.uk

Remake

Zut alors! Casting for the UK remake of Netflix hit Call My Agent! has been unveiled before filming for the series gets underway this month. The original French series follows the staff at fictional Parisian talent agency ASK as they attempt to placate their very demanding clients (played by bona fide French stars who are commendably willing to send themselves up) while navigating their own chaotic personal lives and keeping the company afloat. Though the fourth season of the original Call My Agent! (known as Dix Pour Cent in France) was expected to be the show’s final outing, a fifth series and spin-off film were confirmed earlier this year.” READ MORE…

Call my Agent! (2015-2020, 24/52’) / TF1 Studio & France tv distribution

All Those Things We Never Said adapted from best-selling novel by Marc Levy kicks off production 

Television Asia Plus, 19/05/2021, tva.onscreenasia.com

In Development

STUDIOCANAL, Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of TV series and feature films, CANAL+ Group and STARZPLAY announced the start of principal photography for All Those Things We Never Said, a comedy drama series based on the best-selling novel by Marc Levy. (…) All Those Things We Never Said will be STARZPLAY’s first French-language co-production released for first run in the UK and Ireland; Germany and German-speaking Europe including Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg; in addition to Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Latin America including Brazil; along with second-run distribution in France. The CANAL+ Group footprint covered in the deal includes France and French-speaking territories, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, French(speaking Africa, Myanmar and Vietnam.” STUDIOCANAL holds rights to the series for the rest of the world.” READ MORE…

“START adapts French thriller La Mante

CEE TV, 11/05/2021, ceetv.net

Remake

“Video service START has begun filming a new criminal psychological thriller titled The Female Praying Mantis in Saint Petersburg. The series about a serial killer and her copycat, who kills men with particular cruelty as punishment for violence and other sins is an adaptation of the French TV series La Mante. (…) The French project premiered internationally on Netflix in 2017 and received excellent reviews, including from Stephen King, who tweeted the series for “exploring previously uncharted realms of horror”. The main role in the original version was played by Carole Bouquet. The Female Praying Mantis will premiere exclusively on START this fall.” READ MORE

And for Russian-speaking readers:

The Mantis (2017, 6×52’) / Mediawan Rights

“Federation Entertainment to make Lucky Luke series with Michael Youn (EXCLUSIVE)”

Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 06/05/2021, variety.com

In Development

Federation Entertainment is set to co-develop and co-produce an adventure comedy TV series adapted from the bestselling Lucky Luke comics franchise with popular French actor Michael Youn attached. The company has teamed with French banner Un pour Tous Productions to acquire the audiovisual adaptation rights from Luke Comics, which revolves around a gunslinger in the American Wild West.” READ MORE…

“Show of the week: The Unusual Suspects

TBI Reporter, Television Business International, 04/05/2021, tbivision.com

In Distribution

“This four-part limited series follows the story of a group of wealthy Sydney suburbanites and their Filipino maids who realize they must join forces when they face a similar predicament. (…) Distributor: About Premium ContentREAD MORE…

“Federation Entertainment developing Carlos Ghosn, The Fugitive with Francois Cluzet (EXCLUSIVE)”

Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 27/04/2021, variety.com

In Development

Federation Entertainment is developing Carlos Ghosn, The Fugitive, a thriller mini-series starring Francois Cluzet as Ghosn, once one of the most powerful figures in the global car industry who is now an international fugitive. Carlos Ghosn, The Fugitive will be directed by Frederic Jardin, whose credits include the hit crime series Spiral and Braquo, as well as the thriller Nuit Blanche.” READ MORE…

“Netflix leads major sales for Federation Entertainment’s Blackspace

Rapid TV News, 22/04/2021, www.rapidtvnews.com

Sales

“Israeli independent studio Federation Entertainment has finalized several major global sales for its latest series Blackspace, described as a “riveting” psychological thriller that takes place in an Israeli high school. (…) Blackspace has been sold to RTL (Germany) and NPO (Netherlands) and to Latin America to a streaming service, while Netflix has bought the remaining territories as part of a worldwide deal.” READ MORE…

Kids

“Prime Entertainment bets for animation with Don’t Die Dumb

SeñalNews, 26/05/2021, senalnews.com

In Distribution

“Prime Entertainment Group has acquired the French animation series Don’t Die Dumb (100×3’) produced by French animation studio Folimage, that has earned a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination for its feature film A Cat in Paris, and more recently, its TV special Vanille, a Caribbean tale, also distributed by PRIME, won the Grand Prize for Best Animated Short and Audience Award at the 2021 New York International Children’s Film Festival.” READ MORE…

“Raft of sales for The Treehouse Stories

Kristin Brzoznowski, TVKids, 06/05/2021, worldscreen.com

Sales

Dandelooo has inked several deals for The Treehouse Stories (La Cabane à Histoires), commissioned by Canal+ for broadcast on Piwi+, Canal+ and My Canal. Co-produced by Caribara Production, The Treehouse Stories mixes live action with 2D animation. The show has sold into 160 countries and as a format to CCTV China.” READ MORE…

The Treehouse Stories (2016-2019, 77×7’) / Dandelooo

“Zodiak Kids, CBBC and ZDF Enterprises to coproduce sci-fi mystery adventure series Silverpoint

Prensario Internacional, 05/05/2021, www.prensario.net

Coproduction

Zodiak Kids Studios, part of Banijay, announced it has secured a co-production for a brand-new drama with CBBC and ZDF Enterprises. The company is producing Silverpoint (13x’22), a sci-fi mystery adventure series about kids at summer camp.” READ MORE…

“Annecy’s Work in Progress section teases some of the most exciting projects from the world of animation”

Jamie Lang, Variety, 03/05/2021, variety.com

Selection – 7 of the 9 feature films selected are French co-productions!

“France’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the leading global get-together for all things animation, has unveiled the lineup for this year’s Work in Progress section, among the most highly anticipated events of the world’s animation calendar. (…)

FEATURE FILMS

The Siren (Sepideh Farsi, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Belgium)

Mars Express (Jérémie Périn, France)

Little Nicholas (Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre, France, Luxembourg)

Unicorn Wars (Alberto Vázquez, Spain, France)

Princess Dragon (Anthony Roux, Jean-Jacques Denis)

Nayola (José Miguel Ribeiro,Portugal, Belgium, France, Netherlands)

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Pierre Földes, France, Canada, Netherlands, Luxembourg)

SERIES

Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles (Khang Le, U.S., France)

XR: DISCOVERING NEW TERRITORIES

Immersion, Augmented Nature (Anne-Lise Koelher and Eric Serre, France)

Ascenders (Jonathan Astruc, France)” READ MORE…

“Millimages names The Point.1888 as Molang licensing agent”

License Global, 22/04/2021, www.licenseglobal.com

Licensing

“Paris-based production company Millimages has appointed The Point.1888 to represent animated property Molang in the UK. (…) For Molang‘s pre-school audience, The Point.1888 will develop baby and toddler nightwear, fashion daywear and accessories, together with book and magazine publishing.” READ MORE…

Molang (2016-2019, 156×3’30” and 9×7′ and 52×5′) / Millimages

“Kids First inked VoD deals for its children’s entertainment catalogue”

Videoage, 22/04/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

Sales

Kids First inked VoD deals for its children’s entertainment catalog. The Paris-based content distribution company also scored its first deals in China with SVoD platform Tencent and IPTV platform Puxin. Tencent secured the rights to Best Bugs Forever and Nate Is Late, which was also picked up by Puxin. In North America, Kids First secured a deal with AVoD platform Ameba for Nate is Late, Rocky Kwaterner, Max & Maestro, and Marblegen. Nate Is Late was also acquired by AVoD platforms Kidoodle and Kidstream. Kidstream will additionally air Rocky KwaternerBest Bugs Foreverand I, Elvis Riboldi.” READ MORE…

Best Bugs Forever (2018, 52×11’) / Kids First Distribution

“APC Kids announces Bizak as the new toy distributor for Kid-E-Cats in Spain and Portugal”

AnimationXpress, 22/04/2021, www.animationxpress.com

Licensing

APC Kids, the children’s entertainment division of leading co-production and distribution company APC, has announced Bizak as the new toy distribution partner in Spain and Portugal for CTC Medias’ hit 2D animated series Kid-E-Cats. Bizak will start the retail roll-out from Q2 2021 and handle the local distribution across the regions within the brand’s toy range. After the massive success of Kid-E-Cats season one and two on its clan channel, APC Kids has settled a deal with Spain’s RTVE for the third season.” READ MORE…

Kid-E-Cats (2017-2021, 208 x 5′ and 3 x 10′ and 5 x 2′) / APC Kids

“New smurfs series set for May debut”

Kristin Brzoznowski, TVKids, 27/04/2021, worldscreen.com

Broadcast

“The new 3D animated The Smurfs series, produced by Dupuis Edition et Audiovisuel with Peyo Productions, is set to launch on May 9 on TFOU in France. There are 52 new original 11-minute stories, directed by William Renaud (Calimero, A Kind of Magic…).” READ MORE…

Docs / Factual / Formats

“Round-up: Terranoa to shop Moochie”

Mark Layton, Television Business International, 25/05/2021, tbivision.com

In Distribution

“French distributor Terranoa has acquired global rights to true crime limited series Moochie. The series is currently in production with a tentative release date in the second half of next year. Moochie was originally commissioned by Canal Plus, with ABC News recently joining as co-producer for exclusive rights over the US. (…) Set in Florida in the US, the series charts the on-going murder investigation of Jill Halliburton Su, a relative of the Halliburton oil dynasty, who was killed in a home invasion in September 2014.” READ MORE…

Moochie (2022, 6×45’ or 1×90’) / Terranoa

“Pitches & awards at Sunny Side of the Doc – Official Selection 2021”

Sunny Side of the Doc, 19/05/2021, www.sunnysideofthedoc.com

SelectionOnce again this year, TV France International is attending Sunny Side of the Doc, and we are glad to announce that 18 French programs have been selected among the 42!

The 2021 Pitch and PiXii Festival selections unveiled. This year, 42 projects from 18 different countries that stand out for their originality, international potential and continuous search for new methods of storytelling will be presented during six themed sessions.” READ MORE…

“Round-up: Ampersand adds Building Bastille

Richard Middleton, Television Business International, 19/05/2021, tbivision.com

In Distribution

French distributor Ampersand has acquired sales rights to Zoot Pictures’ documentary Building Bastille. The 1 x 75-minute/1 x 52-minute show is directed by Leif Kaldor and reveals how a young and unknown Canadian architect named Carlos Ott was chosen to build the Opera Bastille in Paris in 1982.” READ MORE…

“Zed to distribute Florence Nightingale: Nursing Pioneer biopic”

SeñalNews, 18/05/2021, senalnews.com

In Distribution

“ZED looks back at the story of the founder of nursing in two-hour docudrama Florence Nightingale: Nursing Pioneer (90’ & 2×45’) produced by Tohubohu for ARTE France and directed by Aurine Crémieu. The film will be delivered by the end of the year, and is already available for presales. This biopic will follow the footsteps of a pioneer and retrace the unprecedented journey of a woman who gave her life to serve others, revolutionizing the nursing profession.” READ MORE…

Florence Nightingale: Nursing Pioneer (2021, 2×45’ and 1×90’) / ZED

“ARTE launches new spring line up and new head of distribution”

Prensario Internacional, 17/05/2021, www.prensario.net

In Distribution

ARTE Distribution presents its new Nature & Discovery line-up at the Digital Sunny Side, highlighting The Fire under the Mediterranean Sea (52’) with the internationally acclaimed underwater director Laurent Ballesta (700 Sharks and Deep Med). The French company has designated Florence Sala as the new Head of ARTE Distribution and Marketing at ARTE France Développement.” READ MORE…

“Prime seals deals with Australian, Belgian nets for Moulin Rouge doc”

Rapid TV News, 11/05/2021, www.rapidtvnews.com

Sales

“International distributor and producer Prime Entertainment Group has closed deals with Australian broadcaster SBS and Belgian network DPG MEDIA for the documentary Moulin Rouge – Behind the Magic. The 1 x 52’ 4K documentary claims to offer an unprecedented insight behind the scenes of the most renowned cabaret in the world, highlighting for the first time the story and the artists that defined the legendary Moulin Rouge.”READ MORE…

Moulin Rouge – Behind the Magic (2019, 52’) / Prime Entertainment Group

“France’s Arte preps Raising Notre Dame, as prodco ZED eyes pre-sales”

Richard Middleton, Television Business International, 07/05/2021, tbivision.com

Pre-Sales

“Arte in France has ordered an ambitious three-part series that explores the huge challenges of rebuilding the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, with pre-sales now being sought. Raising Notre Dame is from Paris-based factual prodco and distributor ZED and explores how builders are attempting to reconstruct the 850-year-old monument, which was almost destroyed by a devastating fire two years ago.” READ MORE…

Raising Notre Dame (2022, 3×52’) / ZED

“Extra: Harbour Rights deals”

Jillian Morgan, Realscreen, 30/04/2021, realscreen.com

Sales

“Hong Kong-based TV distributor Harbour Rights secured a raft of sales with buyers in Asia. The company licensed a package of Flavors (11 x 52 minutes) to TVB in Hong Kong, including the latest production of the travel series from 2020 to 2021. Hong Kong pubcaster RTHK, meanwhile, picked up four biographies of movie stars, including Chaplin vs the FBI (1 x 51 minutes); Al Pacino, The Reluctant Star (1 x 52 minutes); Philip Seymour Hoffman (1 x 42 minutes), an episode from Too Young To Die; and Leonardo DiCaprio: Most Wanted! (1 x 52 minutes).” READ MORE…

Chaplin vs the FBI (2019, 52’) / Ampersand

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