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Santiago De Compostela, Spain — A higgledy-piggledy maze of cobbled streets, granite-stoned convents and white veranda towns houses, Santiago seems suspended in time. Over June 20-23, it bore witness at Conecta Fiction, an inaugural TV forum, to a revolution: That of scripted TV and nascent Latin America-Europe co-production. The two-and-a-half days were so packed with events as to make nigh impossible much on-site reporting. Following, in retrospect, 15 takeaways from the first-ever Conecta Fiction meet.
1.Latin America-europe TV Co-production: An Imperious Necessity
A boutique Latin America-Europe drama TV co-production forum, Conecta Forum brought together a swathe of high-caliber Latin America channel, broadcaster and fiction TV heads with producers and counterparts in Spain, plus a choice presence of largely French commissioning editors and producers from the rest of Europe. Many, maybe most, had never met. Nearly all sang the virtues, and necessity of international TV co-production. “A few years ago there were no international co-productions, now »
- John Hopewell
Continuing its push into European originals, Netflix has greenlit its second French series, Osmosis. An eight episode sci-fi drama, it’s based on an idea originally produced by Telfrance and will be produced by Versailles‘ Aude Albano and Claude Chelli of Capa Drama. Showrunner is Audrey Fouché (Les Revenants, Borgia). Set in near-future Paris, the story centers on a the titular dating app which can find a perfect match with 100% accuracy, turning the concept of absolute… »
In a co-production deal announced at the 8th Series Mania Festival, Lagardere’s Atlantique Productions is teaming with Spanish production company Portocabo to develop thriller TV series “Hierro,” a best project award winner at Berlinale’s 2015 CoPro Series.
Developed with leading Spanish paybox Movistar Plus and French network Arte France, the “Hierro” deal, unveiled Thursday at Paris’ Series Mania, marks an early co-development initiative between France and Spain for a TV series.
Previous Lagardere connections with Spain in terms of international TV fiction projects include Lucie Borleteau’s thriller “Cannabis,” a co-production by Tonie Marshall’s Tabo Tabo Films, Spain’s Arcadia Motion Pictures and Arte France, warmly received on its world premiere at Series Mania’s 2016 edition, handled for international by Lagardere Studios.
A eight 52-minute drama, “Hierro” is set on the volcanic island of El Hierro, the most southerly of Spain’s Canary Islands. There, a hidden corpse with signs of having been brutally murdered »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Paris– Lagardère Studios, a leading French production and distribution group comprising 35 companies across three continents, has ramped up its biz in Africa.
Within the last year, Lagardère has doubled its catalogue of African programs to 1000 hours with an increasing number of films coming from the continent.
“Our catalogue of African movies is extremely rich and diversified — it encompasses 70 producers coming from 24 nationalities,” said Christophe Thoral, who succeeded Takis Candilis at the helm of Lagardère Studios.
Lagardère Studios has also been repping the catalogue of Orange Cinema in Africa and developing its presence in Africa’s booming feature film landscape.
“We’re seeing the emergence of a contemporary cinema in Africa and we’re looking to play a role in these movies by giving minimum guarantees, handling their distribution, and selling them worldwide,’ said Thoral.
Lagardère Studios for instance co-produced “Adama Roamba’s La forêt de Niolo” which won best script at Fespaco Film Festival.
- Elsa Keslassy
Cannes — Francois Florentiny, who launched ITV Studios France at the age of 30 and ran it for six years, is bowing Unrated Studios, a Paris-based boutique banner that will focus on creating and producing fiction (TV series, films), documentaries, entertainment and branded content.
Over at Unrated Studios, among other producers Florentiny will be collaborating with vet American producer Anne Thomopoulos on multiple internationally-driven scripted projects.
A former HBO programming exec, Thomopoulos exec produced a flurry of flagship drama series, notably “Band of Brothers” and “Rome.” She went on to exec produce Tom Fontana’s “Borgia” as well as “Versailles.” Her most recent credits include Amazon’s “The Collection” and the upcoming “Britannia” for Sky and Amazon.
“I have always admired François’ management style, taste, clarity of communication and transparency in the way he does business. We have wanted to work together for many years and are thrilled that we are finally able to collaborate a significant way,” said »
- Elsa Keslassy
Kirsten Howard May 10, 2017
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Kevin Spacey will of course be back in the frame once more as scheming Frank Underwood, and he's been talking »
Looks like Droughtlander is gonna last a wee bit longer than expected.
Outlander‘s third season will premiere in September, Starz announced Wednesday. The premium cabler did not provide an exact date for the series’ return.
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September will be the latest point in the year that the drama has premiered. Season 1 bowed in August 2014, and Season 2 got its start in April 2016.
The 13-episode third season will feature episodes shot in Scotland and South Africa; the latter will stand in for Caribbean locales that show up in »
“We were early introducing TV drama into the Göteborg program, so this year’s Game Changers and Creators is the eleventh time the festival is dedicating a two-day seminar to this part of the industry,” said head of industry, Cia Edström, of the Göteborg International Film Festival, who has organised the program with Finnish-Swedish film critic and TV presenter Andrea Reuter.
“From the beginning we have had a special interest in screenplays, so we will introduce a large number of upcoming TV series from the Nordic production companies, as well, commented Edström, who has been working for the festival since 2004. She added that – as the title says – the seminar will also highlight new commissioners, what stories they are looking for, their strategies and how they stitch together a budget in today’s drama landscape.
One changers/creator opens events: U.S.-French former senior vp at HBO, Anne Thomopoulos, who »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
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