An overview of international successes for French content

“UniFrance unveils key details about its 24th Rendez-vous in Paris”

SeñalNews, 19/10/2021, senalnews.com

Unifrance

The 24th UniFrance Rendez-vous in Paris (formerly the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris) will take place from January 11 through 17, 2022. The first major event to emerge from the merging of UniFrance and TV France International, the UniFrance Rendez-vous in Paris promises to be the largest market and press-junket dedicated solely to French film and audiovisual creation. (…) The organizers have confirmed that on January 11 to 13 will take place the Audiovisual market, on January 12 will be the Export day; on January 13 to 16 will held the Film market and on January 14 to 17 will take place the International film and audiovisual press-junket.” READ MORE…

UniFrance: from Le Rendez-VousBi@rritz to MIPCOM in Cannes

Prensario Internacional, MIPCOM 2021 Special Edition, digitalcontent.prensariozone.com

Unifrance

UniFrance, the new brand promoting French content worldwide, has had an active Autumn season with its own event Le Rendez-VousBi@rritz in September and MIPCOM in October. At both, the organization offered screenings and special presentations of the most important French companies, gathering the attention of the global market. (…) This month in Cannes, UniFrance presented on October 11, I Love French Kids Stories with three animation programs: Go Astro Boy Go from PlayBig, Imago from Newen Connect and Edmond & Lucy from MIAM! Distribution. The following day, October 12, Love French Doc Stories featured If You Kill Me, Call Me from Terranoa, One Year on Mars from ARTE Distribution, and Dolores: in the name of the sister from Balanga.” READ MORE…

“I Love French Doc Stories”, presented by Sarah Hemar, Deputy Managing Director of the audiovisual and digital

Drama / Fiction

French drama series L’OPERA arrives at SBS On Demand

Media Release, TV Blackbox, 21/10/2021, tvblackbox.com.au

Broadcast

“L’Opéra – Australian Premiere Thursday, 21 October 2021 on SBS On Demand (all eight episodes available to stream). In French with English subtitles.” READ MORE…

L’Opéra (2020, 8×52’ – Telfrance, Victoria Production) / Newen Connect

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Buen estreno de la francesa ‘ACI’ en Antena 3, que pisa los talones a ‘La última tentación’

El Español, 21/10/2021, www.elespanol.com

Audiences

ACI: Alta Capacidad Intelectual supuso una alegría para Antena 3. La serie se estrenó con un gran 15,8% de cuota de pantalla y 1.957.000 espectadores de media. Los dos capítulos vistos dejaron una media del 16,1% de cuota y 1.565.000 espectadores.” READ MORE…

Sky Greenlights ‘Call My Agent’ Italian Remake, Thriller Series ‘Europa’ From ‘Downfall’s’ Oliver Hirschbiegel (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 15/10/2021, variety.com

Remake

“European pay-TV platform Sky will unveil an Italian adaptation of French hit series “Call My Agent,” and thriller series “Europa,” directed by German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel, who helmed the Oscar-nominated “Downfall,” at an event Friday at the Rome MIA Market. The Italian “Call My Agent” remake is being produced by Palomar, the Rome-based company controlled by France’s Mediawan, which originated the hit show set at a Parisian talent agency (pictured).” READ MORE…

Studiocanal closes deal with HBO Max and Radio-Canada for “All The Way Up”  

SeñalNews, 12/10/2021, senalnews.com

Sales

Studiocanal has sold the  CANAL+ Creation Originale comedy drama series “All The Way Up,” also known as “Validé” to WarnerMedia Latin America, exclusively for HBO Max and to Radio-Canada. “Powerful, and energtic series All The Way Up is a real phenomenon, beating all streaming ratings records on CANAL+ and, at the same time, on the main music streaming services,”  Beatriz Campos, SVP Global Sales and Production Financing at Studiocanal said.READ MORE…

All the Way Up (2020-2021, 19×30’ – Canal+ Original, Franck Gastambide) / STUDIOCANAL

“David Tennant, Diverse Cast Power ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Premiering at Canneseries”  

Liza Foreman, Variety, 10/10/2021, variety.com

Promotion

“Making its world premiere on Sunday in an Out of Competition slot at Canneseries (Oct. 8-13), the French-U.K. production of “Around the World in 80 Days” has been updated for the 21st century, as lead actor David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) explains. In an interview on the Canneseries’ website, Tennant speaks with journalist Thomas Destouches about the new series, produced by Slim Film + Television and Federation Entertainment for France Télévisions, ZDF and RAI. Season 1 is composed of eight episodes of 52 minutes each.” READ MORE…

French Talent Finds Strong Footing in Diverse Series Like ‘Lupin’

Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 08/10/2021, variety.com

French TV Series

“While France has a deeply entrenched cinema tradition, drama series have been gaining tremendous ground within the country’s cultural landscape within the past few years, with some of the country’s biggest producers, stars and filmmakers venturing into ambitious television projects. The 3-month-old merger of UniFrance and TV France Intl., the country’s film and audiovisual promotion organizations, into a single entity is probably the best illustration of this blended world. (…) Below are some key French-produced titles being pitched at Mipcom:

“All Those Things We Never Said,” a 10-part half hour father-daughter comedy series based on Marc Levy’s bestselling novel starring Jean Reno, Alexandra Maria Lara; and set in the European cities of Paris, Bruges, Berlin and Madrid. Written by Levy, who will also act as showrunner, and Miguel Courtois (“El Lobo”) who will direct. Commissioned by Canal Plus, Starzplay. Sales: Studiocanal 

“A French Case,” a series based on a true story of the murder of Little Gregory, an unresolved investigation dating back to the 1980’s. Written by Jérémie Guez and Alexandre Smia, in collaboration with Trân-Minh Nam. Directed by Christophe Lamotte. Produced by Cheyenne Federation. Sales: Federation Entertainment

“Nadia,” a one-off documentary about Nadia Nadim, the former Afghan refugee who became a star player for the PSG. Directed by Anissa Bonnefont. Produced by Federation, Echo Studio. Sales: Federation Entertainment

“I Killed My Husband” stars Erika Sainte as a woman who’s been wrongly accused of murdering her husband and sets off to prove her innocence. Produced by Next Episode, HAGO. Sales: HAGO“Vortex,” a supernatural crime thriller mini-series produced by  Quad Drama based on an idea from best-selling author Frank Thilliez.  The series in set in a distant future and follows a cop in the French city of Briest who discovers a time warp while studying a reconstructed VR crime scene and is able to communicate with his lost love who died long ago. Sales: France TV Distribution

“Nona And Her Daughters,” a series directed by Valérie Donzelli about three 44-year-old triplets. Stars Donzelli, Miou Miou and Virginie Ledoyen. Co-produced by Rectangle Production and Gaumont. Sales: Gaumont Television. “Pearl Harbor,” a one-off documentary about one of WW2’s most epic battles in the Pacific . Produced by Bonne Pioche, Mediatika. Sales: France TV Distribution

“Children of Chaos,” a one-off documentary about the story of orphan children became spoils of war in the U.S.  Produced by Elephant Adventures, Kwassa Films, Vertigo. Sales: Terranoa

“The Elementary Particles,” a TV film adapted from Michel Houellebecq’s bestseller with Déborah François, Guillaume Gouix. Directed by Antoine Garceau and produced by Incognita. Sales: Mediawan Rights

“Theodosia,” a premium live action series following a 14-year-old girl and her adventures combining magic and Egyptology. Production, sales: Cottonwood Media.” READ MORE…

A French Case (2021, 6×52’ – Cheyenne Federation, TF1, Starzplay, RTS & RTBF) / Federation Entertainment

“TV tonight: a classy, raunchy new French thriller”

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 09/10/2021, www.theguardian.com

Broadcast

“A young police officer unravels a murder mystery on the mean streets of 19th-century Paris. Plus: popcorn at the ready for movie week on Strictly. Here’s what to watch this evening. A classy, raunchy Parisian noir, set in 1899 and beginning with the sex-induced death of President Félix Faure and a flurry of brutal antisemitic violence. This is the volatile backdrop to what seems like an unrelated murder mystery as a woman’s body is found floating down the Seine. The case falls to principled young cop Antoine Jouin (Jérémie Laheurte) – but will he uncover a wider conspiracy in the process? A promising mixture of high intrigue and low cunning.” READ MORE…

“A lavish new TV series will offer a feminist take on Marie Antoinette’s life”

Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 11/10/2021, www.vogue.fr

Promotion

“A new TV series about the life of ‘Marie Antoinette’ is coming to BBC Two. Here’s everything you need to know about the feminist drama, written by ‘The Favourite’ scribe Deborah Davis. (…) …with German actress Emilia Schüle taking on the lead role. British actor Louis Cunningham, meanwhile, will appear as Louis XVI, with Jack Archer and James Purefoy in yet-to-be-disclosed roles.” READ MORE…

Banijay Rights courts BBC for Marie Antoinette Deal

Faye Sutton, RapidTVNews, 01/10/2021, www.rapidtvnews.com

Sales

“Global distributor Banijay Rights has announced that BBC Two has pre-bought new eight-part historical drama Marie Antoinette. Produced by Banijay Studios France, CAPA Drama and Les Gens, the acquisition marks the first international deal for the CANAL+ Creation Originale. (…) Marie Antoinette is produced by Claude Chelli and Margaux Balsan for Capa Drama, Alban Étienne and Stéphanie Chartreux for Banijay Studios France, and Christophe Toulemonde for Les Gens. Filming has started in many historical places including the Châteaux of Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Lésigny, Champs, Voisins, and in the studios of Bry-sur-Marne.READ MORE…

“Exclusive: France TV & Rai drama ‘Germinal’ secures first international sale”

Richard Middleton, Television Business International, 22/09/2021, tbivision.com

Sales

“French-Canadian network Radio-Canada has become the first international buyer of Germinal, the new six-part drama based on Émile Zola’s classic 19th Century novel. The show, which has been coproduced by Banijay Studios France and Pictanovo, was directed by David Hourrègue, the man behind the French adaptation of youth-skewing drama Skam. Julien Lilti is attached as creator and writer. (…) The series will air on France Télévisions and Rai in Italy, and is already available via Salto, the French streamer operated by TF1, France Télévisions and M6. The agreement with Radio-Canada was negotiated by Jane Rimer, SVP of Canada at Banijay Rights, which is selling globally.READ MORE…

Germinal (2021, 6×52’ – France Télévisions, Rai, Pictanovo, Banijay) / Banijay Rights

Kids

KiKa pre-buys Zodiak Kids, Animoka preschool toon Mumfie

Karolina Kaminska, C21Media, 28/10/2021, www.c21media.net

Pre-sales

“German free-to-air children’s channel KiKa, a joint venture between pubcasters ARD and ZDF, has pre-bought upcoming French-Italian animated series Mumfie. Coproduced by Zodiak Kids Studio France and Italian animation studio Animoka alongside France Télévisions and Italy’s Rai, Mumfie (78×7’) is a preschool comedy series based on Thomas & Friends creator Britt Allcroft’s 1990s animated show Magic Adventures of Mumfie.READ MORE…

“APC Kids Inks Deals For ‘Hardball’ And ‘DisRupted’”

Videoage, 27/10/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

Sales

APC Kids, the children’s entertainment division of APC Studios, confirmed a deal with France Télévisions for Hardball and DisRupted.READ MORE…

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“‘Momonsters’ continúa su recorrido internacional y llega a Portugal”

Cine&Tele, 27/10/2021, www.cineytele.com

Broadcast

“La serie de animación Momonsters sigue viajando por el planeta y llegará a Portugal el próximo 1 de noviembre, donde se emitirá en Zig Zag de RTP2. La producción de Big Bang Box, RTVE, KD Toons & Games, 3Doubles, Antaviana Films y Vitotito Animation AIE, ya ha seducido a la población infantil de Latinoamérica o África, entre otros territorios, además de a los españoles, donde ha triunfado en Clan de Televisión EspañolaREAD MORE…

Momonsters (2020, 52×7’ – Big Bang Box) / PGS Entertainment

Xilam Secures Master Toy Partnership for Oggy Oggy

Jamie Stalcup, TVKids, 25/10/2021, worldscreen.com

Licensing

“Xilam Animation has signed Simba Dickie Group as the global master toy partner for its preschool series Oggy Oggy. Simba Dickie Group will develop a range of items for the Oggy and the Cockroaches spin-off, including plush, figurines, playsets, accessories, vehicles, collectibles, sand buckets and more, set to debut in late 2022.READ MORE…

Oggy Oggy (2020-2021, 156×7’ – Xilam Animation) / Xilam Animation

“APC Kids Signs Deals For ‘DinoCity’”

Jamie Stalcup, TVKids, 19/10/2021, worldscreen.com

Sales

“APC Kids has inked numerous deals to bring DinoCity to more broadcasters around the world, including Discovery Italia. (…) APC Kids also licensed free-TV rights to TG4 (Republic of Ireland), Minika (Turkey), YLE (Finland), ERT (Greece), Ketnet (Flemish Belgium) and MBC (MENA). All Media Latvia (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) secured non-exclusive SVOD rights, as did Menart (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia), which also picked up exclusive free-TV rights. Piwi+ (Canal+ Group, France) took pay-TV rights.READ MORE…

Dinocity (2020-2021, 52×5’ – APC Kids, Riki Group) / APC Kids

“Prime Entertainment Group inks deal with Rai Ragazzi for ‘Vanille, A Caribbean Tale’”

AnimationXpress, 13/10/2021, www.animationxpress.com

Sales

“International distributor Prime Entertainment Group has signed a deal with Rai Ragazzi for the hit animated movie Vanille, a Caribbean Tale produced by Prime’s sister company Folimage. (…) The film is set to air primarily on the channels for young audiences, on Rai Yoyo, the leading TV channel for pre-schoolers in Italy, and on Rai Gulp. Vanille, a Caribbean tale tells the story of Vanille, a nine -year-old Parisian girl with quite a temper, sent to spend the whole summer in Guadeloupe with her aunt. During these holidays, she dives into an unexpected adventure tinged with mysteries, meets charming characters and a magical flower and reconnects with her roots.” READ MORE…

Vanille, a Caribbean Tale (2020, 1×31’ – Folimage) / Prime Entertainment Group

““Shooom’s Odyssey” on its way to Japan, Thailand, Taiwan & Korea”

ContentAsia, 11/10/2021, www.contentasia.tv

Sales

“Broadcasters in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and Korea have picked up rights to Picolo Pictures’ pre-school property, “Shooom’s Odyssey”, from French animation production and distribution company, Dandelooo. The 26-minute film will air on NHK in Japan, TrueVisions in Thailand, MomoKids TV in Taiwan and South Korea’s free-TV educational network, EBS,…READ MORE…

The Shooom’s Odyssey (2019, 1×26’ – Picolo) / Dandelooo

RAI Acquires Animated Series ‘The Adventures of Paddington,’ ‘Esther’s Notebooks’ from Studiocanal

Jamie Lang, Variety, 11/10/2021, variety.com

Sales

Italian broadcaster RAI has made two high-profile acquisitions from European production, distribution and sales powerhouse Studiocanal: Three seasons of “Esther’s Notebooks” and Seasons 1 and 2 of “The Adventures of Paddington”.READ MORE…

Esther’s Notebooks (2018, 50×2’ – Folimage, Canal+, Les Films du Futur) / STUDIOCANAL

ViacomCBS & Superights ink distribution deal of ‘Anna & Friends’ for MENA and Africa

Stephane Canal, Next TV Africa, 11/10/2021, nextvafrica.com

Sales

“In a milestone deal, Superights, the distribution arm of France’s Superprod Group, has pacted with ViacomCBS Networks International for Nickelodeon International to roll out “Anna & Friends” across the world outside North America. (…) In its storyline, “Anna & Friends” looks classic pre-school fare: Six-year-old Anna lives daily adventures with friends including impatient Froga the frog, thoughtful Ron the cat, overly-confident Bubu the dog and naïve Christopher the orange worm. According to Superights, the series’ engaging storylines are full of heart, humor and happiness.READ MORE…

Anna & Friends (2021, 78×7’ – Superprod) / Superights

“Daily Madness & MIAM! Animation Team Up for ‘Goat Girl’”

Mercedes Milligan, Animation Magazine, 08/10/2021, www.animationmagazine.net

Coproduction

“Daily Madness and MIAM! animation have inked a co-production deal for upcoming 2D animated TV series Goat Girl, commissioned by WarnerMedia EMEA and pre-sold to ABC Australia. The 52 x 11′ show for kids 6-11 will be launching on Cartoon Network and HBO Max EMEA.READ MORE…

“Premium teen live action series Theodosia inks key global sales ahead of its premiere screening in Cannes”

Formatbiz, 05/10/2021, www.formatbiz.it

Sales

“In the lead up to MIPCOM, Federation Kids & Family (part of Federation Entertainment) has finalized key sales for the new girl-lead premium live action series THEODOSIA, produced by Cottonwood Media and leading broadcasters ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, HBO Max and Globo. Cottonwood’s German production office and ZDF originally spotted the potential for a TV series based on the highly acclaimed books by New York Times best-selling author Robin L. LaFevers, which led to this standout production. Set in 1906, THEODOSIA (26 x ½ hrs) centers around a smart, bold 14-year-old girl and her adventures combining magic and Egyptology. Shot in a cinematic style, THEODOSIA has been snapped up by WarnerMedia Latin America for HBO Max Lat Am (excluding Brazil), France Télévisions, and French streamer Salto.READ MORE…

“Xilam Animation Announces ‘Mr. Magoo’ Season 2”

Animation World Network / AWN, 27/09/2021, www.awn.com

Sales

“Xilam Animation is launching Season 2 of its popular 2D animated slapstick comedy series Mr. Magoo, featuring a further 69 x 7’ episodes and three extended-length 21-minute specials. Currently in production, the first episode will be available at MIPCOM 2021 with full delivery scheduled for September 2022. Pre-sales have already been secured for the new season with Télévisions, CITV (UK), VRT Ketnet (Belgium), RTS (Switzerland), Radio Canada, and Warner Media for Germany, CEE and Africa.READ MORE…

Germany’s SWR Picks Up Prime Entertainment Group’s ‘Vanille, A Caribbean Tale’

Videoage, 20/09/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

Sales

“Prime Entertainment Group confirmed that German broadcaster SWR acquired Vanille, A Caribbean Tale. Produced by Folimage, Vanille, A Caribbean Tale portrays a nine-year-old Parisian named Vanille, who is sent to spend the summer with her aunt in Guadeloupe. On her holiday, she dives into an adventure full of mystery, charming characters, a magical flower, while reconnecting with her roots. The animated film will broadcast on the free-to-air kids’ channel KiKA.READ MORE…

Docs / Factual / Formats

“HBO adds new “Hollywood on Set” season to Asia slate”

ContentAsia, 11/10/2021, www.contentasia.tv

Sales

“HBO Asia has acquired rights to the latest season of Prime Entertainment Group’s weekly 26-minute show, “Hollywood on Set”, the company said today as this year’s Mipcom opened. The long-running series goes behind the scenes and on the set of Hollywood movies.READ MORE…

Hollywoood On Set (2004-2021, 805×26’) / Prime Entertainment Group

“Quintus acquires raft of premium factual content for AVOD”

RapidTVNews, 10/10/2021, www.rapidtvnews.com

Sales

“Just days after sealing sales for documentary series, international factual content distributor and channel owner Quintus Studios has announced a range of premium factual content acquisitions for its fast-growing portfolio of advertising video-on-demand (AVOD) channels with a range of major distributors. (…) Quintus has also licensed a range of feature documentaries including Birds of Passage, Ham: Astrochimp and Homo Sapiens from Federation Entertianment for FD Nature and FD History.READ MORE…

“Banijay’s “Fort Boyard” returns to Norway and Russia”

SeñalNews, 06/10/2021, senalnews.com

Formats

“Banijay confirmed plans to resume airing for “Fort Boyard” in Poland as the title prepares for debut on Viaplay. The show’s Norwegian reboot, “Fangene på Fortet,” is also underway, also set to debut on Viaplay and TV 3 following a 10-year pause. (…) Production for the show’s second season was produced for CTC by Mastiff Russia, garnering double the figures compared to prevous launches.READ MORE…

“Prime acquires exclusive Kuperberg directed documentary”

Faye Sutton, RapidTVNews, 01/10/2021, www.rapidtvnews.com

In Distribution

“International distributor Prime Entertainment Group has announced the acquisition of a new and exclusive documentary, directed by the renowned Kuperberg sisters. The programme is about the historically forgotten Dorothy Arzner, one of the pioneers of cinema and a powerful director in the 1930s and 1940s.READ MORE…

“Deals round-up: France Télévisions orders from Pernel”

Richard Middleton, Television Business International, 29/09/2021, tbivision.com

In Production

“France Télévisions has ordered a 1 x 90-minute documentary exploring the excavation of a lost city founded by Ramses, one of ancient Egypt’s most famous pharaohs. Lost City Of Ramses The Great is from France’s Pernel Media and will offer exclusive access to a new expedition led by German archaeologist Henning Franzmeier as he unlocks the true story of Ramses II and his lost city.READ MORE…

“NBCUniversal Renews ‘Hollywood On Set’ From Prime Entertainment Group”

Videoage, 24/09/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

Sales

“NBCUniversal International Networks ordered a new season of Hollywood On Set from Prime Entertainment Group. Produced by Prime, Hollywood On Set goes behind the scenes of the hottest Hollywood movies. The show has been picked up by leading movie networks around the world. Hollywood On Set will air in over 50 territories across Africa.READ MORE…

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