Magazine article Variety

Local Shows and Co-Prods Feed Success of TV Fiction

Magazine article Variety

Local Shows and Co-Prods Feed Success of TV Fiction

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France has always considered itself to be a mecca of world cinema, while tending to disdain its homegrown television fiction. But that has changed as the country forges a reputation for edgy miniseries. In fact, on the business side, international TV fiction sales rose 30% between 2011 and 2013.

The main driver of the change is not international coin, but the need to maintain domestic auds. "French viewers are used to watching U.S. shows," says Laetitia Recayte, CEO at Newen Distribution. "French TV fiction has to draw closer to U.S. models. Canal Plus paved the way, with shows like 'Spiral,' but now all French broadcasters are following suit."

Successful genres include noirish crime dramas and mystery thrillers. One example is Haut et Court's supernatural thriller "The Returned," which whetted Blighty appetites for similar fare.

Newen is now repping mystery thriller "Witnesses," from network France 2, and already has bids from the U.K.'s three main broadcasters. …

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