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Vivendi’s Vincent Bollore Considers Closing Money-Losing Canal Plus Channels

22 April 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Vincent Bollore, the boss of Vivendi — parent company of Canal Plus Group, Universal Music Group, Dailymotion and shareholder of Telecom Italia — rocked the boat at the annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday, warning that Canal Plus’ six pay TV channels would fold if escalating losses continued.

In what seemed to be a lobbying push directed toward the French antitrust board, the French billionaire said loud and clear that the livelihood of Canal Plus depended for the most part on its ability to access sports rights, which have been held by Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports since 2012. The anti-trust authorities have yet to clear Canal Plus’ deal for a five-year exclusive distribution of beIN Sports.

Per Bollore, the launch of BeIN Sports, Netflix and other Ott services have been highly detrimental to Canal Plus, which keeps losing more and more money — Canal Plus’ pay TV channels lost 180 million in 2014, 250 million in »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Vivendi’s Vincent Bollore Considers Closing Money-Losing Canal Plus Channels

22 April 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris — Vincent Bollore, the boss of Vivendi — parent company of Canal Plus Group, Universal Music Group, Dailymotion and shareholder of Telecom Italia — rocked the boat at the annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday, warning that Canal Plus’ six pay TV channels would fold if escalating losses continued.

In what seemed to be a lobbying push directed toward the French antitrust board, the French billionaire said loud and clear that the livelihood of Canal Plus depended for the most part on its ability to access sports rights, which have been held by Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports since 2012. The anti-trust authorities have yet to clear Canal Plus’ deal for a five-year exclusive distribution of beIN Sports.

Per Bollore, the launch of BeIN Sports, Netflix and other Ott services have been highly detrimental to Canal Plus, which keeps losing more and more money — Canal Plus’ pay TV channels lost 180 million in 2014, 250 million in »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Series Mania: ‘Section Zero,’ ‘Frozen Dead,’ ’Contact’ Underscore France’s New TV Ambitions

19 April 2016 12:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris – Three high-profile Gallic series – “Section Zero,” “The Frozen Dead” and “Contact” – feature at Coming Next From France, a Series Mania/Tvfi showcase which captures the French TV in evolution.

French broadcasters still have to think of their home markets. Of the six-scripted dramas, three are procedurals made in large part for France, where murder mysteries have a long tradition. All, however, show an ambition to also sell outside their country of origin, while others capture a burgeoning attempt at diversification of France’s scripted-tv offer.

Produced by the Luc Besson-owned EuropaCorp TV’s Bad Company, and a Canal Plus original series co-financed by Studiocanal, which sells world rights, and Belgium’s UMedia, tapping into Belgian tax breaks, “Section Zero” is budgeted at €2 million ($2.3 million) an episode, per Edouard de Vesinne.

That makes “Section Zero” one of the most expensive French TV shows ever made, doubling France’ average TV »

- John Hopewell

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MipTV 2016 Wrap: Big Euro Pay TVs, High-End Drama and Millennials Dominate Trade Fair

7 April 2016 8:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Europe’s two biggest pay TVs – Vivendi’s Canal Plus and Sky – international’s high-end drama push and trad TV’s millennial outreach made much of running – in news and trends – at a 2016 MipTV market which offered genuine insight on how some of the biggest TV companies in the world outside the U.S. are meeting the digital challenge.

Vivendi, Sky and Rtl held center stage – literally when honchos Dominique Delport, Guillaume de Posch and Jeremy Darroch made keynotes or fielded Q & As at the Palais des Festivals Grand Auditorium, later to receive Variety’s Achievement in Intl. Television Award.

But the event’s more conventional real stars were perhaps its YouTubers, led by Michelle Phan, supernovas for their fans and now more comfortably on the radar of an established TV industry which is discovering ways of handling digital natives.

Meanwhile, at a 2016 Mip TV market energized by a one-day MipDrama Screenings, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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MipTV: De Vesinne, Greggory on ‘Section Zéro,’ Canal Plus’ Big New TV Drama

7 April 2016 3:33 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Post-Apocalypse Noir, linking three of France’s powerhouses – it’s a Canal Plus original series, produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp TV and sold by Vivendi/Canal Plus’ Studiocanal, a powerful combo – with Olivier Marchal, a distinguished film director (“36 Quai des Orfevres”), auteur also of Canal Plus’ brutal, downbeat cop original series “Braquo,” one of its biggest hit original series and export successes. Set in a world just some years in the future, after societal breakdown, melding elements of French “polar” crime thriller and, as EuropaCorp’s Edouard de Vesinne says, crepuscular Western, “Section Zéro” turns on a cop, Sirius Becker, who still has a code of honor in a world of class-cordoned urban dystopia, crime and corruption, ruled by a bottom-line-obsessed Corporation. Defined by his work – I’m very good at my job, he retorts in knee-jerk reaction when criticized by his daughter — he pays a terrible price »

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MipTV: Netflix Acquires Canal Plus’ Hit Period Series ‘Versailles’ (Exclusive)

5 April 2016 11:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Netflix has acquired second-window U.S. streaming rights to “Versailles,” the ambitious period series created and exec produced by Simon Mirren (“Criminal Minds”) and David Wolstencroft (“The Escape Artist”).

Sold out worldwide by Zodiak Rights and made for French pay TV channel Canal Plus, the 10-part series stars two British up-and-comers, Georges Blagden (“Vikings”) in the role of Louis Xiv and Alexander Vlahos in the role of the Sun King’s enigmatic brother.

Versailles” was produced by Newen’s Capa Drama and co-produced by Zodiak and Incendo with a budget of 30 million Euros, which is considered highly pricey by French production standards. The series was exec produced by Claude Chelli (“Braquo”), Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome”) and Incendo’s Jean Bureau. “Yves Saint Laurent” helmer Jalil Lespert directed the first episodes.

Dealing with power, love, betrayal and war, “Versailles” explores a defining period of French history through the rein of King Louis Xiv, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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MipTV: Ovation TV Picks Up U.S. Rights to Canal Plus’ ‘Versailles’ (Exclusive)

3 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Ovation TV has acquired U.S. premiere rights to Canal Plus’ hit period drama “Versailles” from Zodiak Rights.

Now sold around the world, the ambitious English-language series was created and exec produced by Simon Mirren (“Criminal Minds”) and David Wolstencroft (“The Escape Artist”). Powered by two rising British stars, Georges Blagden (“Vikings”) in the role of Louis Xiv and Alexander Vlahos in the role of Sun King’s enigmatic brother, “Versailles” has earned solid reviews and record ratings on Canal Plus as well as in foreign markets.

Versailles” will be rolling out in the U.S. on Ovation TV, a network dedicated to arts and cultural programs, on Oct.6.

The show was produced by France’s Capa Drama with Canada’s Incendo and Zodiak. Claude Chelli (“Braquo”), Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome,””The Tudors”) and Incendo’s Jean Bureau exec produced. French helmer Jalil Lespert (“Yves Saint Laurent”) directed the first »

- Elsa Keslassy

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MipTV: ‘Public Enemy’ Tops First MipDrama Screenings

3 April 2016 9:39 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Belgian serial killer suspenser “Public Enemy,” one of a clutch of thrillers at the inaugural MipDrama Screenings, won its first Cri de Coeur Award, awarded Sunday on the eve of MipTV in Cannes.

Sold by Zodiak Rights, airing May on Belgian pubcaster Rtbf, and the first TV production of Entre Chien et Loup and Playtime Films, the 10 one-hour-seg “Public Enemy” charts the impact on a community of an ex-child killer’s release from prison. He is given shelter at the local monastery – just as a new wave of child murders breaks out. Some community members want to take justice into their own hands. The female cop on the case is equally conflicted, having had her own younger sister disappear when she was a small girl.

“The series asks: ‘What do you do with monsters like child killers? After a serial killer is released from prison, can we forgive him? »

- John Hopewell

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