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Snd Boards Pair of French Thriller Series ‘A Perfect Man,’ ‘Doubt’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Snd, the commercial arm of French TV network M6, has acquired international sales rights to “Doubt” and “A Perfect Man,” a pair of four-part French thriller series, in the run-up to Mipcom.

“Doubt” was created by Sophie Lebarbier and Fanny Robert, the duo behind the hit French procedural series “Profiling.” Directed by Laure de Butler, “Doubt” revolves around a man who was just sentenced to 15 years in prison for a murder. The series follows one of the former jury members who starts having doubts about the man’s guilt after the verdict is given and hires a private detective.

Currently in post-production, “Doubt” stars Ophélia Kolb (“Call my agent”) and Stanley Weber (“Borgia”). It’s produced by Beaubourg Fiction, whose credits include “Profilage,” “Falco” and “Balthazar.”

A Perfect Man,” meanwhile, follows the neighbor of a man suspected of having murdered his wife and children who is convinced of his innocence
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Canal Plus to Acquire European Pay-tv Group M7

  • Variety
Canal Plus Group is on track to acquire M7, a leading pay-tv company in Europe operating in Benelux and Central Europe, as it aims to ramp up its subscriber base across the continent.

The acquisition, which has yet to be approved by the European Commission, would create a turnover of more than €400 million and boost the profitability of Canal Plus Group and its parent company Vivendi, according to the Paris-based outfit. The deal, valued at slightly over €1 billion, would allow Canal Plus – already established in France, Switzerland and Poland – to expand into additional European territories and have nearly 20 million subscribers worldwide, including 12 million in Europe.

Owned by Astorg, a leading European private equity firm, M7 is an aggregator and distributor of local and international channels via satellite and Ott platforms, notably Disney Channel, HBO, Eurosport, National Geographic, and Nickelodeon. Its subscriber base, estimated at 3 million, stretches from the Netherlands to Belgium,
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Jean Reno to Star in Thriller ‘Rogue City’ From Olivier Marchal (Exclusive)

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Jean Reno to Star in Thriller ‘Rogue City’ From Olivier Marchal (Exclusive)
Veteran actor Jean Reno has been tapped to star in “Rogue City,” a thriller that sees director Olivier Marchal re-team with French studio Gaumont.

Budgeted at $13 million, the film is set in Marseille and follows an anti-gang cop (Reno) with unorthodox methods who investigates a shooting at a local nightclub along with his longtime rival.

Lannick Gautry, Stanislas Merhar and David Belle complete the cast. Alain Figlarz, who has previously worked on “Taken 3,” “The Bourne Identity” and “The Transporter,” will be handling the action scenes and stunts.

The movie is set to start shooting on location in the south of France in September. Gaumont will kick off pre-sales for “Rogue City” at Cannes with a fully story-boarded script, and expects to release “Rogue City” in France during the second quarter of 2020.

Marchal is himself a former cop who worked for both the police and French intelligence. Through films such
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How the U.K. is Turning Up The Volume on International Scripted Content at MipTv

  • Variety
A Norwegian sleuth, a team of Chilean female investigators and the tribes of ancient Rome are headed to Cannes — by way of London.

Britain’s place in the world is the subject of debate and hand wringing in Blighty, with Brexit on the horizon. Amid the delays and confusion wrought by the U.K.’s exit from the European Union, its production and distribution powerhouses have embraced drama from the continent.

As production and distribution groups add non-English drama to their lineups or buy European shingles, the U.K., and specifically London, has become a hotspot for high-end scripted from around the world.

The U.K.-based boom in international fare stems from the consolidation that has seen the likes of Fremantle and ITV Studios assemble stables of production companies from across Europe. The growing appetite for foreign-language fare is another factor. On the distribution side, a factor is the
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Netflix Feeds Fantasy-Hungry YAs in France

  • Variety
Lille, France — The series the audience was about to see on Sunday night at Lille’s central Ugc Cine-Cité multiplex wasn’t even playing in Series Mania’s main International Competition.

But in many ways, Netflix’s” “Osmosis” was certainly among the most-anticipated of shows at this year’s festival. The excitement before the screening was palpable, and pointed up multiple paradoxes about France’s current TV scene.

As a service, Netflix has taken France by storm. Launching in Sept, 2014, it has run up at least 5 million household subscriptions, as many as the retail subscriber base of pay TV Canal Plus, a pillar of France’s cultural establishment, which has been in service since 1985.

Released in May 2016, Netflix’s first sortie into French Original Series, “Marseilles,” a political corruption thriller starring Gerard Depardieu, proved polemical, being lambasted by many French critics, newspaper Le Monde dismissing it famously as “cowshit”, and director Julius Berg,
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Georgina Campbell, Faye Dunaway Topline New Thriller From ‘Sleepless Night’ Director (Exclusive)

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Georgina Campbell, Faye Dunaway Topline New Thriller From ‘Sleepless Night’ Director (Exclusive)
Georgina Campbell (“Black Mirror”) and Faye Dunaway are set to star in “Visceral,” a female-driven action thriller that will mark the English-language debut of Frederic Jardin (“Sleepless Night”). Bac Films has come on board to handle international sales and distribution in France.

Marco Cherqui at Cpb Films (“A Prophet”) is producing the thriller with Frida Torresblanco at Braven Films (“Disobedience”) and Bac Films which is co-producing. Jeff Elliott, David Grumbach (“The Leisure Seeker”), Eric Laufer and Giovanna Randall will serve as executive producers.

The movie reunites Jardin, Cherqui and Grumbach, who had worked together on “Sleepless Night.” Jeff Elliott at Brickell and Broadbridge is financing.

“Visceral” marks Jardin’s follow-up to “Sleepless Night,” which sold to more than 30 territories and was remade in the U.S. with Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan. Jardin also successfully leaped into TV and directed Canal Plus’s critically acclaimed series “Spiral” and “Braquo.”

“Visceral” stars Campbell as Julie,
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‘A Prophet’ Set for TV Adaptation with Cpb Films, Why Not Productions (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Cpb FilmsMarco Cherqui is joining forces with Pascal Caucheteux’s Why Not Productions to produce a TV series adaptation of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet.”

Cherqui and Caucheteux had together produced Audiard’s film, which world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize and garnered nominations for a foreign-language Oscar and a Golden Globe. Why Not also produced Audiard’s new Western, “The Sisters Brothers,” which recently premiered in Venice.

The “Prophet” TV series is being penned by Abdel Raouf Dafri, the high-profile screenwriter of the International Emmy Award-winning “Braquo,” in collaboration with Nicolas Peufaillit. Dafri and Peufaillit previously collaborated on the script of the movie “A Prophet,” which Dafri had been developing on his own for years.

Cherqui said the “series will neither be a prequel nor a sequel but rather a reboot” which will, like the feature, follow the trajectory of a young
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French Networks Ramp Up Investments in Drama Series

  • Variety
Faced with the rising competition from global streaming services and the inflation of sports rights, French networks such as TF1, France Televisions and Canal Plus have ramped up their investment in international drama series in a major way to sustain ratings, boost their brands and lure millennials.

Public broadcasting group France Televisions is spending €280 million ($329 million) in fictional programs. TF1, France’s leading commercial network, is investing more than $176.3 million in fiction per year, while Canal Plus is working with a budget of more than $76.4 million a year.

“The competition, notably from Netflix, is stronger than ever and in this context we need very powerful series to thrive,” says Fabrice de la Patelliere, head of original fiction at Canal Plus.

“We’re going to do two more series per year to reach eight to 10 shows, either French series or international co-productions,” says de la Patelliere. Canal Plus started investing in high-profile drama series 15 years ago,
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Newen Studios Promotes Bibiane Godfroid as Chairwoman; Appoints Romain Bessi

  • Variety
Newen Studios (“Versailles”), the Paris-based media company owned by French network group TF1, has promoted its content chief Bibiane Godfroid to the position of chairwoman.

The appointment of Godfroid follows the clearance from the Competition Authority allowing TF1 to acquire the residual 30% stake in Newen Studios and become its full owner.

Godfroid, a well-seasoned TV executive who joined Newen in 2005 as deputy CEO of content, will succeed to the company’s founder Fabrice Larue who is stepping down to pursue new projects.

Upon becoming chairwoman, Godfroid has tapped Romain Bessi, a former top-ranking executive at Studiocanal, to head international activities, distribution, animation along with financial and legal matters.

Bessi comes with a strong track record. While at Studiocanal, where he was CFO and head of TV series, Bessi played a key role in spearheading the expansion of Studiocanal’s TV business across Europe, especially in the U.K. with the
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Vincent Lindon to Star in Thriller ‘The Infiltrated’ (Exclusive)

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Vincent Lindon to Star in Thriller ‘The Infiltrated’ (Exclusive)
French star Vincent Lindon, who toplines Stephane Brizé’s Cannes competition entry “At War,” is set to star in Thierry de Peretti’s “L’Infiltré” (“The Infiltrated”), a thriller based on the true story of Hubert Avoine, a former con who became a French informant in 2007 and infiltrated Mexican drug cartels.

The film was written by de Peretti, based on the recently published book by the same name written by Avoine and French investigative journalist Emmanuel Fansten. In the book, Avoine says France’s Office for Illicit Drug Traffic Control used him to organize its own drug ring.

The movie will be produced by Frédéric Jouve at Paris-based Les Films Velvet, and co-produced by Claude Chelli at Capa Drama, the thriving banner behind “Braquo” and “Versailles.” Both outfits are also partnering with de Peretti and French pay TV channel Canal Plus on a mini-series about Avoine’s journey as an informant.
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Capa Drama Ramps Up International Slate With ’10 O’Clock People,’ ‘L’Infiltré’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Rolling off “Versailles” and “Thanksgiving,” which is competing at Series Mania in Lille, Newen-owned Capa Drama is developing a raft of internationally-driven series with French and U.S. partners, including “The 10 O’Clock People” and “L’Infiltré.”

Headed by Claude Chelli, Capa Drama has partnered up with U.S. company Fabrik Entertainment to co-develop “The 10 O’Clock People,” a series adapted from a short novel by Stephen King which was published in the Nightmares & Dreamscapes collection. The story revolves around a Boston bank employee who discovers that many people, including some powerful ones, are inhuman monsters disguised as people. Pearson finds allies who, like him, have the ability to see these creatures through their disguises and forms a new resistance group. The series will shoot in English and is being developed by Arnaud Figaret and Aude Albano at Capa Drama.

Albano described “The 10 O’Clock People” as a “urban noir
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Series Mania Q&A: French Director Nicolas Saada Discusses ‘Thanksgiving’

  • Variety
While at Series Mania Festival to present his mini-series “Thanksgiving” in competition, Nicolas Saada sat with Variety to discuss the spy drama which centers on the marriage between a Frenchman and American woman who are keeping secrets from each other.

Written by Saada and Anne-Louise Trividic, “Thanksgiving” was produced by Claude Chelli at Capa Drama, the thriving French banner behind “Versailles” and “Braquo,” for Franco-German network Arte. Newen Distribution is handling international sales on the series.

A former high-profile film critic, Saada previously wrote Frederic Jardin’s “Nuit Blanche,” which was remade into “Sleepless” with Jamie Foxx; and directed two films, “Spy(ies),” a London-set thriller with Guillaume Canet, and most recently “Taj Mahal,” a psychological thriller with Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac”) set against the backdrop of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack.

What’s the genesis of “Thanksgiving”?

It was Claude Chelli [the boss of Capa Drama] who approached me. He wanted to work with me and
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‘Braquo: The Complete Season Four’ DVD Review

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When it comes to my taste in television, I think my reviews give away my liking for Nordic Noir and European shows that look to the darker side of society. One that I’ve always managed to miss has been Braquo, but now I’ve managed to change this. Is Braquo: The Complete Season Four release a good place to start? The answer is yes.

While Braquo starts off season 4 at the end of what looks to have been a war against Turkish gang lords, don’t expect things to quieten down. With Eddy Caplan (Jean-Hugues Anglade) under suspicion by Internal Affairs, his violent and ‘unorthodox’ methods of getting things done are now under scrutiny. The first episode starts off at such a frenetic pace that it can be hard for a new audience to keep up. Thankfully though the main group of cops the show now focuses on are easy to like,
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Giveaway – Win a copy of Braquo Season 4 on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of ‘Braquo’ Season 4 – currently being aired over on Fox at 10pm – on both Blu-ray and DVD from Nordic Noir & Beyond, we have two Blu-ray copies of this addictive French crime drama to give away.

Braquo’ follows a squad of Paris police officers who crossed the “yellow line” after their colleague Max was unfairly accused of criminal misconduct and committed suicide. Now Eddie Caplan (Jean-Hugues Anglade), Walter Morlighem (Joseph Malerba), Theo Wachevski (Nicolas Duvauchelle) and Roxane Delgado (Karole Rocher) exist on the very edge of the law.

In season four, Caplan and his team are again confronted by the fierce and ruthless “Baba” Aroudji whose only son was killed by Morlighem during a police raid. Once more, the rogue cops are prepared to cross the line to get rid of the big shot, even if they are closely watched by the Police Authorities.

In the meantime, Caplan
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Giveaway – Win Sleepless Night on DVD

To celebrate the release of Sleepless Night, the fast-paced action thriller for fans of Taken and 24 – coming to DVD 12th January 2015 – we have a copy to giveaway courtesy of Icon.

With an exciting plot carried by charismatic and compelling performances, Sleepless Night is everything an action-fan could ever want. With the best kitchen-fight action-scene of the year and a wide-variety of original chase sequences – including one shot in first-person – Sleepless Night is shot by Clint Eastwood’s frequent cinematographer Tom Stern and is directed by Frédéric Jardin (Braquo).

“Like Die Hard meets 24 by way of Taken” – Slash Film

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The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, January 18th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

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Competition: Win action thriller ‘Sleepless Night’ on DVD

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To celebrate the release of Sleepless Night, the fast-paced action thriller for fans of ”Taken“ and ”24″ – coming to DVD 12th January 2015 – we have a copy to giveaway courtesy of Icon.

With an exciting plot carried by charismatic and compelling performances, “Sleepless Night” is everything an action-fan could ever want. With the best kitchen-fight action-scene of the year and a wide-variety of original chase sequences – including one shot in first-person – “Sleepless Night” is shot by Clint Eastwood’s frequent cinematographer Tom Stern and is directed by Frédéric Jardin (Braquo).

“Like Die Hard meets 24 by way of Taken” – Slash Film. Available to order on Amazon today: http://amzn.to/1JNkvXt

To win a copy of Sleepless Night on DVD just answer the following question:

Which of the following films was also directed by Frédéric Jardin? Was it:

a) Braquo

b) Brick Mansions

c) Black Sails

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com,
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Competition: Win 'Braquo: Season 3' *closed*

  • CineVue
Following its widely acclaimed airing on the Fox television channel, Arrow Films' Noir Label is pleased to announce that the long-awaited third season of French cop drama Braquo will be released as a DVD and Blu-ray box set on Monday 21 July. Since the first two seasons were shown here in 2012, fans have been left guessing as to what creator Olivier Marchal, himself a former Parisian policeman, has in-store for Eddy Caplan and his team. To celebrate the home ent release of this crime series, we have Three DVD copies of Braquo: The Complete Third Season to give away. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Penny Dreadful, Hannibal

Penny Dreadful: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

It's the season finale of the Victorian thriller, and Vanessa (Eva Green) has a vision of Mina (Olivia Llewellyn) at the Grand Guignol Theatre.

She explores the empty building, joined by Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Ethan (Josh Hartnett), Victor (Harry Treadaway) and Sembene (Danny Sapani). Once there, the group are confronted by their worst nightmare.

David Blaine: Beautiful Struggle: Watch, 10pm

Documentary about the American magician, exploring the inspiration behind some of his biggest endurance events.

The show looks into what went through Blaine's mind, as he took on tests such as being buried alive, getting frozen in a block of ice and living in a glass box above the River Thames.

Braquo: Fox UK, 9pm

In the last ever episode of the French crime drama, a change of allegiance leads to the arrest of Andreas (Ivan Franek).

Meanwhile, Roxane (Karole Rocher) and
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Trailer for French cop thriller Braquo Trilogy box set

In anticipation of the DVD and Blu-Ray release of season three of French cop thriller Braquo on Monday July 21st, Arrow Films have unveiled a new trailer, which you can watch below…

Created by former Parisian police officer Olivier Marchal, Jean-Hugues Anglade (Betty Blue,Nikita) returns once again as the enigmatic Eddy Caplan, this time leading his team of renegade detectives as their fall from grace in the eyes of the law continues.

Hailed by The Daily Telegraph as France’s answer to The Wire – no small feat, it is a habit of Marchal to strike comparisons to American film and TV classics. His most celebrated work outside of Braquo, 36 Quai des Orfèvres was described as France’s version of Heat, where Marchal matched the American heavyweight acting talent of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino with France’s own heavyweight duo of Gerard Dépardieu and Daniel Auteuil.

Since first airing on the FX channel,
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Exclusive Paris Countdown Clip Offers A Plan For Survival

Released this summer in its native France as Le Jour Attendra, this crime thriller from writer/director Edgar Marie, starring Olivier Marchal and Jacques Gamblin, has been rechristened Paris Countdown and is heading to select U.S. theaters on Friday, November 8, when it will also be available via various Video On Demand platforms. Marie co-authored the book Pour une poignée de cerises, a sprawling true-life account of a famed French criminal outfit, which was the basis for A Gang Story directed by Marchal in 2011. (Marchal is a former cop turned actor turned filmmaker.) Marie also contributed scripts for Marchal's TV series, Braquo. So there's a good pedigree behind this film. Here's the official synopsis: Unable to repay their debts, Milan and Victor, best friends and...

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