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4 items from 2015

Mip TV: Studiocanal Introduces ‘Section Zéro” Onto International Market (Exclusive)

10 April 2015 5:23 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Linking three of the Europe’s biggest film-tv companies, Studiocanal has acquired international sales rights to Olivier Marchal’s “Section Zéro,” one of France’s most-anticipated high-end TV dramas, which is produced by Luc Besson’s France-u.S. studio EuropaCorp and France’s Canal Plus, forming part of its original programming lineup.

Set in 2024, as an elite cop squad battles big corporations and their droids, “Zéro” marks the comeback as a showrunner-director of Marchal, whose hard-boiled cop skein “Braquo,” another Canal Plus original series, proved a milestone for Gallic TV production, taking it to U.S. cable terrain.

Described by Rodolphe Buet, Studiocanal’s new president of international marketing and distribution, as “a mix of ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Returned,’ and ‘The Mad Max Trilogy,’” “Section Zéro,” Canal Plus’ first futuristic skein, looks in other ways toward the future.

On March 10, Studiocanal announced the launch of its own TV sales operation, »

- John Hopewell

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Canal Plus Stocks Up on High-End English-Language Series (Exclusive)

8 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With the launch of Netflix in France, the competition for subscribers has heated up, and Gallic pay TV giant Canal Plus is now, more than ever, banking on premium original drama, and building bridges with local and international film and TV talent, to keep its 11 million subs happy, and lure more.

A decade ago, Canal Plus was all about soccer and films. But today, the TV landscape has changed, and the paybox — which has lost some of its French soccer rights to Al Jazeera’s Bein Sports — has begun to measure its value in high-quality local series rather than be overly dependent on U.S. drama imports (such as “Scandal,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Revenge”). Fabrice de la Patelliere, the boss of Canal Plus’ fiction department, is kicking off a new chapter in the pay TV group’s history by joining forces with James Gray on “Hard Apple,” an »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Movistar Series To Bow ‘The Returned,’ ‘Braquo’

20 March 2015 3:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Emphasizing the still exploding appetite for topnotch drama worldwide, Movistar Series, the new Spanish subscription-based VOD service launched in December by Telefonica, has acquired rights to arguably the two most talked-up French series this decade: “Braquo” and “The Returned” (Les Revenants).

Both are exclusive to Movistar Series and premieres for Spain. Zodiak Rights and Movistar TV, the TV arm of Telefonica, struck the deal.

Two milestones in the drive by Gallic paybox giant Canal Plus France into original series production — a significant sub-driver and churn deterrent and source of shows that have sold in much of the world – “Braquo” and “The Returned” also mark the second and third French series (after “the Tunnel”) acquired by Movistar TV for Movistar Series, an HD Svod-only series that now offers nearly 40 skeins to Movistar clients.

“Our strategy isn’t just to offer the best U.S. series, but the best from the world, »

- John Hopewell

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Gaumont Unveils Ensemble Dramedy ‘We Were Young’ at Unifrance’s Rdv (Exclusive)

15 January 2015 10:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Gaumont and Lgm, which partnered on Cesar-winning comedy hit “My, Myself and Mum,” are back on board with “We Were Young,” a ensemble dramedy by Philippe Guillard (“Jo’s Boy”).

Co-producing and handling international sales, Gaumont will unveil the project at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris. 

The film will star Kad Merad (“The Chorus”), Benoît Magimel (“Little White Lies”), Charles Berling (“What’s in a Name?”) and Vincent Moscato (“Ruby & Quentin”) as middle-aged friends who set off to fulfill their teenage dreams. 

Gaumont is pitching “We Were Young” as a feel-good and tender ode to friendship in the spirit of “Little White Lies” and “The Barbarian Invasions.”

The French release is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015. 

Guillard’s last film, “Jo’s Boy” (“Le fils a Jo”), a tightly budgeted drama starring Olivier Marchal, was a sleeper hit in France, where it earned an estimated $9.3 million. 

Lgm, one of France’s best-established outfits, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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