An overview of international successes for French content

Golden Globes 2022: full list of nominations

Guardian film, The Guardian, 13/12/2021, www.theguardian.com

Awards

“All the nominees for the awards ceremony due to take place on 9 January that has had a tough year after a diversity crisis and Hollywood boycotts” READ MORE…

Among the French nominees:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Omar Sy, “Lupin”

Best Television Series Drama

“Lupin”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Marion Cotillard, “Annette”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Tahar Rahim, “The Serpent”

Best Original Score

“The French Dispatch”

Best Motion Picture — Animated

“Flee”

“My Sunny Maad”

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language

“A Hero” Asghar Farhadi

French Productions ‘Call My Agent!’ and ‘Kubrick by Kubrick’ Win International Emmy Awards!

Cultural Services French Embassy in the United States, 23/11/2021, frenchculture.org

Awards

Two French productions won top prizes at the 49th annual International Emmy Awards, which took place Monday, November 22 at an in-person ceremony in New York.

The series “Call My Agent!” (Dix pour cent) – Season 4 won an International Emmy for Best Comedy. The show was launched in 2015 by France Televisions, based on an idea by former agent Dominique Besnehard. It has become an international hit on Netflix, charting the ups and downs of the lives of actors and their agents in Paris. (….)

The documentary “Kubrick By Kubrick” won an International Emmy for Best Arts Programming. The film, produced by Arte among others and selected for the Tribeca festival in New York in 2020 – cancelled due to the pandemic -, is built on exceptional audio tape material of very rare interviews of the American director Stanley Kubrick with the French film journalist Michel Ciment.” READ MORE…

Kubrick By Kubrick (2020, 1×60′) / Mediawan Rights

Call My Agent’ cast laughing after International Emmys Comedy Series win

RFI, 23/11/2021, www.rfi.fr

Awards

“French series ‘Call My Agent’ won best comedy at the International Emmy Awards in New York. Originally shown on the streaming platform Netflix, it has been signed for 20 remakes around the world.” READ MORE…

Drama / Fiction

Sending up Bollywood

Michael Pickard, Drama Quarterly, 13/12/2021, dramaquarterly.com

Remake

The makers of Netflix original Call My Agent Bollywood reveal how they brought this Indian adaptation of French comedy-drama Dix Pour Cent to the screen. (…)

Deepak Segal: We really liked the original French series, Dix Pour Cent, as it resonated with the film culture in Mumbai. Call My Agent Bollywood takes us on an exciting wild ride into the world of Bollywood, glamour and celebrity culture. It’s a funny, quirky, heart-warming and emotional take on the cutthroat world of showbiz.” READ MORE…

‘Oussekine’: Disney+ Unveils Trailer For French Mini-Series Featuring ‘Succession’ Star Hiam Abbass

Max Goldbart, Deadline, 06/12/2021, deadline.com

Development / Production

“Disney+ has unveiled the trailer for French four-parter Oussekine starring Succession’s Hiam Abbass. Commissioned for adult-skewing vertical Star, Oussekine looks back on the events of the night of December 5 to December 6 1986 that led to the death of Malik Oussekine (…)

Oussekine was created by The Bureau’s Antoine Chevrollier with writers Faïza Guène, Cédric Ido and Julien Lilti. Itinéraire Productions’ Anthony Lancret and Pierre Laugierare producing the series for Disney+.” READ MORE…

‘Ridley Road’ Sells Wide for Studiocanal – Global Bulletin

Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 06/12/2021, variety.com

Sales

Studiocanal has sold a raft of global territories on four-part thriller drama series “Ridley Road.” Created by Studiocanal’s Red Production Company, commissioned for BBC One and co-produced with Masterpiece, the series will air in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, in France on Canal Plus, and has also been acquired by Now Studio Hong Kong, ABC Australia, Nova Greece, YLE Finland, SVT Sweden, NRK Norway, DR Denmark, RTE Ireland, HOT Israel, Canal Plus Poland and Disney Plus Benelux. A sale to Mola Indonesia was agreed earlier this year.” READ MORE…

Best TV Shows of 2021

James Poniewozik, Mike Hale & Margaret Lyons, The New York Times, 03/12/2021, www.nytimes.com

Shortlist

Call my Agent (TF1 Studio / France tv Distribution), Laëtitia (France tv distribution) and Spiral (STUDIOCANAL) were among television’s best in 2021, according to the New York Times. READ MORE…

Spiral (2020, 86×52′) / STUDIOCANAL

“Cyber Bullying French Drama ‘Stalk’ Bought by HBO Latin America, Rai (EXCLUSIVE)”

Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 30/11/2021, variety.com

Sales

““Stalk,” Simon Bouisson’s timely French show tackling cyber spying and bullying, has lured a flurry of top TV channels across the world. (…)

FranceTV Distribution, the commercial arm of the broadcaster, has sold the first two seasons to HB0 Latin America, GSN in Russia and Shahid in the Middle East. South Korea’s Navel picked up season one, while the second season has been picked up by WDR and Sony in Germany, Rai Play in Italy and Ici tou.tv in Canada.” READ MORE….

Stalk (2019-2021, 20×22′) / France tv Distribution

Anonymous Content & Federation Form JV

Kristin Brzoznowski, TVDrama, 30/11/2021, worldscreen.com

Development / Production

“Anonymous Content and Federation Entertainment have come together on a new joint venture: Anonymous/Federation, which will focus on developing and producing premium television and film for French and global audiences. (…)

Pascal Breton, president of Federation Entertainment, added, “We at Federation are immensely proud of our new joint company with Anonymous Content focusing on creating major French series with international appeal, created by top French filmmakers and showrunners.” READ MORE….

‘Around The World In 80 Days’ producers Slim Film & Federation prep second Verne drama

Richard Middleton, Television Business International, 29/11/2021, tbivision.com

Sales

Around The World In 80 Days producers Slim Film + Television and Federation Entertainment are linking up again on another Jules Verne adaptation.

The two companies, which have also confirmed a second season of Around The World In 80 Days, are in advanced development on Journey To The Centre Of The Earth. (…)

Around The World In 80 Days (8 x 52 minutes) stars David Tennant and Ibrahim Koma was ordered by European Alliance broadcasters France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and Rai in Italy. It has also been acquired by Masterpiece PBS, RTBF and BBC from Federation, which sells globally.” READ MORE….

Around the World in 80 Days (2021, 8×52′) / Federation Entertainment

‘Kabul,’ ‘Split,’ ‘Birdwatcher’ Bolster Cinétévé’s International Drama Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 28/11/2021, variety.com

Development / Production

“Paris-based production banner Cinetévé is powering up several international-driven premium series across different genres, including the contemporary Afghanistan-set “Kabul,” procedural “Birdwatcher,” mystery thriller “L’ile prisonnière,” feminist dramedy “Split” and a French adaptation of “On the Spectrum.”” READ MORE….

S4C commissions new psychological thriller The Light in The Hall / Y Golau

Channel 4 Press, 26/11/2021, www.channel4.com/press/

Development / Production

“Welsh public broadcaster S4C has commissioned a brand new 6 x 60’ minute psychological thriller The Light In The Hall / Y Golau co-produced by independent producers Duchess Street Productions and Triongl in association with APC Studios, and with the support of Welsh Government through Creative Wales. In deals brokered by APC Studios, which is also handling worldwide sales, the series is produced in association with Channel 4 and Sundance Now for the English-language version for broadcast in the UK and North America, Australia and New Zealand respectively.” READ MORE….

OCS turns up the heat with sci-fi original ‘Fahrenheit’

Mark Layton, Television Business International, 26/11/2021, tbivision.com

Development / Production

French pay-TV group OCS has ordered Fahrenheit, a new original sci-fi event series.

Produced by White Lion Films, part of the Mediawan Group, in partnership with Orange Studios, the 8 x 40-minute series is described as being based on an “infiltration concept, blending action and suspense at a breakneck pace.” Created by Guillaume Lemans, Magali Rossitto and Mathieu Delozier, the series will be filmed in English and Spanish and is set in the near future, when temperatures have risen by several degrees all over the planet.” READ MORE….

Netflix acquires “Coyotes” from Wild Bunch TV and Panache Productions

SeñalNews, 12/11/2021, senalnews.com

Sales

“Wild Bunch TV and Panache Productions have secured a sale with Netflix for its title “Coyotes.” the title is set to debut on the streaming platform on 2nd December. The show was acquired for wordlwide distribution.” READ MORE….

TBI In Conversation: What ‘Mixte’ tells us about French production potential

Mark Layton, Television Business International, 10/11/2021, tbivision.com

French Production

Eleonore Dailly, co-founder of Mixte producer Autopilot Entertainment, tells TBI deputy editor Mark Layton about the advantages of producing period shows in France and the global appetite for local language content.

Producing premium scripted period shows traditionally comes with a high price tag attached, but for those based or shooting in Europe, it seems that there are definite advantages. Eleonore Dailly, who co-founded LA and Paris-based Autopilot Entertainment with co-producing partner Edouard de Lachomett in 2015, tells TBI that location can be everything. The company launched Mixte (aka Voltaire High) in collaboration with En Voiture Simone earlier this year as part of Amazon Prime Video’s first French originals slate.” READ MORE….

For Spanish-speaking readers:

“Series francesas en Antena 3, el último ejemplo de la globalización de la ficción en el abierto”

El Español, 10/11/2021, www.elespanol.com

French TV Series

“Más allá del boyante mercado turco, las producciones europeas también están adquiriendo protagonismo en las televisiones generalistas.” READ MORE….

“Antena 3 apuesta por una nueva producción francesa para su prime time”

Ttvnews, 09/11/2021, www.todotvnews.com

Sales / French TV Series

“Tras el éxito de ACI: alta capacidad intelectual, el canal de Atresmedia estrenará la también francesa El día que quemé mi corazón. Antena 3, la cadena precursora de los dramas turcos en España, parece haber encontrado en Francia su nueva fuente de títulos de éxito.” READ MORE….

Watch Me Burn (2018, 1×90′) / LS Distribution

France tv distribution Acquires ‘Mr. Blake At You Service!’

Videoage, 05/11/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

In Distribution

“France tv distribution announced the acquisition of Mr. Blake At Your Service! for its cinema line-up.

Produced by Bidibul Productions and Superprod, Gilles Legardinier’s directorial debut stars John Malkovich, Fanny Ardant, and Emilie Dequenne, among others. Adapted from Legardinier’s novel Complètement Cramé!, the film follows Mr. Blake as he arrives at the Domaine de Beauvillier estate, where everyone is tackling their own personal problems. Mr. Blake’s arrival spurs them back to life and prompts them to work together to restore the manor’s former beauty. Universal Pictures International France will distribute the film in France, while France tv distribution will handle international sales.” READ MORE….

Shahid streaming platform goes French

RapidTVNews, 02/11/2021, www.rapidtvnews.com

In French

“Following successful launches in both Arabic and English, leading online video platform Shahid has enhanced its user experience with a third interface in French. (…)

Explaining the reasons of the launch, the MBC-owned service noted that French was not only the fifth largest language in the world and the third amongst the Arab population. The new offer is aimed at French-speaking users from territories including North Africa, Europe, Canada, and the Levant, the brand-new French interface comes with a host of features similar to those available in Arabic and English. (…) Shahid is also adding new French and North African series and other shows over the coming months. New releases – either in French or subtilled in French – include: the award-winning French drama, Stalk; the Algerian-Syrian drama series, Ward Aswad; and the French thriller, Inside.” READ MORE….

Kids

Dandelooo Prepping Gaston’s Emotions TV Adaptation

Chelsea Regan, TVKids, 06/12/2021, worldscreen.com

Development / Production

“Dandelooo is set to adapt for television the children’s book series Gaston’s Emotions, written by author and illustrator Aurélie Chien Chow Chine.

The books center on a unicorn with a rainbow-colored mane. Currently being developed by Chien Chow Chine, Chloé Sastre and Romain Gadiou, the preschool comedy series will teach children to identify emotions and manage them effectively. Dandelooo will hold worldwide distribution rights to the Gaston’s Emotions animation series.” READ MORE….

Cyber Group Secures Rights to Adapt Phobos Book Series

Kristin Brzoznowski, 06/12/2021, worldscreen.com

Development / Production

“Cyber Group Studios has scored the audiovisual adaptation rights to the best-selling adventure books Phobos for a serialized sci-fi reality series for young adults.

Phobos is a dystopian/space sci-fi saga that imagines the very first mission to Mars in which the astronauts are teenagers taking part in a reality series. The story follows six boys and six girls, each living in two separate bays of a spaceship. The rights cover both animated and live-action formats. The new show will be based on the books by French screenwriter/author Victor Dixen and adapted for TV and digital platforms.” READ MORE….

France and UK dominate European animation

Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News, 02/12/2021, www.broadbandtvnews.com

French animation

“France and the UK produce almost two-thirds of animation TV content in Europe.

In summarising the findings of its latest report, the European Audiovisual Observatory also estimates the annual volume of the production of TV animation in Europe to be around 220 titles (TV movies or TV series seasons), 5,200 episodes and 830 hours. Furthermore, European TV animation co-productions account for 36% of all TV animation hours produced, a much higher share than for live TV fiction. Breaking down TV animation production by country of origin, in average hours between 2015-2019, France accounted for 35% of the total, followed by the UK (26%), Germany and France (7% each) and Italy (6%).” READ MORE….

Cyber Group Studios Scores Deals For ‘Gigantosaurus’ And ‘Droners’

Videoage, 30/11/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

Sales

“Cyber Group Studios signed on new international broadcasters and platforms for its children’s programming.

Season one of Gigantosaurus was picked up by NHK in Japan, Plus Plus in Ukraine, RTBF in Belgium, and Premier in Russia. Season two of the animated series was nabbed by Netflix, CCTV in China, RAI in Italy, SRC in Canada, and POP in the U.K. The first season of Droners was secured by ABC Australia, SIC Portugal, RTBF Belgium, and RTS Switzerland. The second season was acquired by TF1 France, WDR Germany, and Disney for France and Benelux.” READ MORE….

Droners (2020, 26×22′) / Cyber Group Studios

Prime Entertainment’s series were picked up in Australia

SeñalNews, 30/11/2021, senalnews.com

Sales

Prime Entertainment Group has finalized several major sales in Australia for the acclaimed animated film “Vanille, a Caribbean Tale” with multiplatform media organisation SBS Australia” READ MORE….

ARD picks up France Télévisions’ animated series Brazen from Silex Films

Karolina Kaminska, C21Media, 26/11/2021, www.c21media.net

Sales

“German broadcaster ARD has acquired France Télévisions’ animated children’s and family series Brazen. Produced by Silex Films, Brazen (30×3’30”) portrays 30 women who change the world by standing up for their rights. The series, distributed by Miam! Distribution, has already been broadcast in more than 10 languages on channels including Italy’s Rai, Portugal’s RTP and Iceland’s RUV, and is based on French comic series Culottées by Pénélope Bagieu.”READ MORE….

Dandelooo acquires pre-sale deals for ‘Ernest and Célestine’ animated series

AnimationXpress, 22/11/2021, www.animationxpress.com

Pre-sales

“Emmy Award-winning French animation production and distribution company Dandelooo announced pre-sale deals for season two of the charming, pre-school series Ernest and Célestine – The Collection (26 x 13’), based on the cult books by Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent. Onboard for season two are France TV, TV5 Monde, TVP (Poland), RTP (Portugal), DR (Denmark), Ceska TV (Czech Republic), RTBF (Belgium), CLS (Russia), HRT (Croatia), LTV (Latvia), RTVS (Slovenia), YLE (Finland) and RTS (French Speaking Switzerland).”READ MORE….

Ernest and Célestine – The Collection (2016-2020, 26×13’) / Dandelooo

BBC picks up Federation Kids & Family’s series “Let’s Dance” for the UK

SeñalNews, 16/11/2021, senalnews.com

Sales

Federation Kids & Family (part of Federation Entertainment) have finalized a deal with the BBC for the docu-style kids dance series “Let’s Dance” set to air on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer early 2022.  Produced by Canada’s TVOkids and Sarah Haasz (Pillango Productions), “Let’s Dance” (39×7’), is an unscripted upbeat dance coaching series features ordinary kids with big personalities who just love to dance.”READ MORE….

Cyber Group Studios appoints J&M Brands for Gigantosaurus

Rebecca Ash, Total Licensing, 16/11/2021www.totallicensing.com

Licensing

Cyber Group Studios, the international producer/distributor of animated series and creator of entertainment brands for children and families, has appointed J&M Brands, the leading independent brand extension licensing agency in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux) to represent Gigantosaurus, its multi-award-winning animated comedy-adventure series for preschoolers.”READ MORE…

Cyber Group & Grilled Cheese chow down on Yum-Yum

Ryan Tuchow, kidscreen, 11/11/2021, kidscreen.com

Development / Production

“Cyber Group Studios USA has partnered with LA-based Grilled Cheese Media to cook up a new food-focused preschool show called Yum-Yum. In development now, the animated series concept follows a family of islanders who have slapstick adventures as they travel the world in search of tasty dishes. Yum-Yum‘s format and animation style aren’t nailed down yet, but Cyber Group plans to have pitch materials ready for Kidscreen Summit 2022 in February, says Karen Miller (pictured), president of the Stateside division.”READ MORE…

Molang Scoops Top Chinese Animation Award

Licensing Magazine, 05/11/2021, www.licensingmagazine.com

Awards

Molang has won “Best Animated Series” in the International Original Animation Contest in Xi’an

MOLANG, the digital property owned and produced by Paris-based Millimages, has won “Best Animated Series” in the International Original Animation Contest in Xi’an, China.READ MORE…

“Rai Launches New Nefertine on the Nile Episodes”

Jamie Stalcup, 01/11/2021, worldscreen.com

Sales

“Rai has launched 26 new episodes of the Ancient Egypt-set series Nefertine on the Nile on its streaming service RaiPlay. Co-produced by Cyber Group Studios, Graphilm Entertainment and Waooh! in collaboration with Rai Ragazzi, the series centers on the Pharaoh’s scribe’s daughter, an 8-year-old who aspires to be the first scribe-reporter in the history of Egypt.”READ MORE…. 

Docs / Factual / Formats

“Rewind goes forward with Prime Cinema Series”

RapidTVNews, 12/12/2021, www.rapidtvnews.com

Sales

“Paris-based distributor and producer Prime Entertainment Group has closed announces an international sale for a number of original productions including the hit cinema series Spotlight, Director’s Short Cut and Stars! with Asian partner Rewind Networks.”READ MORE….

Newen Studios and Sigrid Dyekjaer launch Danish doc company Real Lava

Wendy Mitchell, ScreenDaily, 11/12/2021, www.screendaily.com

Production

European production group Newen Studios and Oscar-nominated Danish producer Sigrid Dyekjaer have launched a new Denmark-based documentary production company, Real Lava. Real Lava is owned by France-based Newen Studios (part of the TF1 group) and Dyekjaer, and will work on both documentary films and series for an international audience, “with a cinematic execution and high artistic value”.”READ MORE….

“Germany’s Vox sets date with French format ‘Love IRL’”

Richard Middleton, Television Business International, 09/12/2021, tbivision.com

Formats

Germany’s Vox has ordered a local version of French reality-based documentary format Love IRL.

The show follows people who are emotionally invested with someone they have only ever met virtually and sees them finally meet face-to-face in an extraordinary location. (…) The German show is being produced by Endemol Shine Germany, whose parent Banijay has also picked up format rights in the UK, Italy, Spain, Holland and Flanders in Belgium. The show was originally created by Studio 89 Productions and distributed by sibling sales firm, M6 Formats. The French show, known as Et Si On Se Rencontrait?, has been confirmed for a second run on M6 in France.”READ MORE….

APC Studios secures new sales for “WANTED: Women in Science” documentary

 SeñalNews, 06/12/2021, senalnews.com

Sales

“APC Studios has secured new international sales for its stand-alone documentary “WANTED: Women in Science” (1×52’), produced by APC Studios and j2f Production for France Télévisions. NHK has taken free TV rights for Japan, along with RTL for Belgium and Téléquébec for Canada.”READ MORE….

Prime Entertainment’s series were picked up in Australia

SeñalNews, 30/11/2021, senalnews.com

Sales

Prime Entertainment Group has finalized several major sales in Australia  (…) and for the captivating history documentary “The Adolf Eichmann Trial” with the premium entertainment brand Foxtel Australia.” READ MORE….

The Adolf Eichmann Trial (2011, 1×90′) / Prime Entertainment Group

For Spanish-speaking readers:

“Un Gaudí inédito que trabaja en París

Eusebio Val, Lavanguardia, 25/11/2021, www.lavanguardia.com

Coproductions

Coproducción internacional de un film que recupera el destruido taller del arquitecto catalán

La película, dirigida por Marc Jampolsky, es un ambiciosa coproducción internacional en la que participan, entre otros, la cadena francoalemana Arte y la japonesa NHK, las productoras Gedeon Programmes y Atomis Media, con la asociación de TV3 y Movistar. Está previsto que empiece a emitirse en abril del 2022, tras tres años de trabajo y de obstáculos debidos a la pandemia.” READ MORE….

“Zed to launch two anniversary documentaries on Champollion and Eiffel

SeñalNews, 26/11/2021, senalnews.com

Distribution

“Paris-based producer and distributor Zed is bringing two new documentary programmes on the international market, both available for presales: “The Egypt Code Breakers” and “Eiffel: Towers’ War”.” READ MORE….

“France’s Zed inks deal to produce 10 films for Curiosity

Justin Anderson, RealScreen, 18/11/2021, realscreen.com

Sales

“French producer-distributor Zed has signed an agreement with factual entertainment company Curiosity to produce 10 exclusive programs by the end of 2022. The projects will premiere across Curiosity’s SVOD service, Curiosity Stream, as well as its linear Curiosity Channel.” READ MORE….

“Sweden’s TV4 & Greece’s Alpha TV join ‘The Secret Song’

Richard Middleton, Television Business International, 16/11/2021, tbivision.com

Formats

Sweden’s TV4 and Greece’s Alpha TV have become the latest broadcasters to order local versions of hit French musical format The Secret Song.

The show, which was created by DMLSTV for TF1 in France, will be produced by Warner Bros International TV Production Sweden for TV4, with an eight-part first season in the works. It will debut Sunday primetime from 9 January.” READ MORE….

“Prime Entertainment Group Signs Deal With Disney Networks Group”

Videoage, 29/10/2021, www.videoageinternational.net

Sales

“Prime Entertainment Group secured a package deal with Disney Networks Group Middle East. The network’s movie channels will air three original productions. Spotlight centers on Hollywood A-listers, their careers, and the movies they’ve starred in. The hit series Stories (pictured) showcases different facets of Hollywood’s biggest talents. Director’s Short Cut features fascinating stories and anecdotes from film sets as told by renowned directors.”READ MORE….

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