Cannes Confidential Crime Series Enters Production


Production has commenced on Cannes Confidential, a six-part blue-sky romantic crime series set in the Cote d’Azur.

The series centers on the relationship between a local underdog cop (Lucie Lucas) and an ex-conman (Jamie Bamber), who are forced into an unlikely but successful crime-fighting partnership. While the duo solves a murder case in each close-ended episode, Cannes Confidential also follows the cop’s quest to find the criminals who framed her father. The series is slated to stream on AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, TF1 and Viaplay.

Created by Chris Murray (Midsomer Murders, Agatha Raisin), it is executive produced by Patrick Nebout, Henrik Jansson-Schweizer, Catherine Mackin and Bea Tammer of Acorn Media Enterprises; the International Drama Development & Artistic Acquisitions Department of TF1; and Lotta Dolk of Viaplay. It is produced by Daniel J. Cottin at Isolani Pictures. Camille Delamarre will direct all six episodes.

Acorn TV holds the exclusive distribution rights to the series in North America, New Zealand, Australia and the U.K. Viaplay holds exclusive distribution rights in the Nordic region, Baltic countries and Poland. Acorn Media Enterprises and Acorn Media International hold worldwide rights in all other territories.

Cannes Confidential has been granted unprecedented access to film in the City of Cannes through an exclusive partnership. It will mark the first English-language procedural drama to be produced and set on the Cote d’Azur since the 1970s.

Skyverse Studios CEO Patrick Nebout said: “Led by an amazing creative team and with a fantastic main cast, Cannes Confidential is set to offer a unique, premium romantic crime series to international audiences, combining exciting episodic cases with an emotional overarching story. We’re thrilled to team up with such premium partners as Acorn TV, TF1 and Viaplay on this show, and we’re grateful to the City of Cannes for granting access to share a unique story inspired by its vibrant community.”

Catherine Mackin, managing director of Acorn TV/Acorn Media Enterprises, said: “When you join the incomparable Chris Murray’s writing, exclusive and unprecedented access to the city of Cannes, and a cast of this caliber—what more is there to say? We are beyond delighted to get this production underway and have found phenomenal partners in TF1, Viaplay and Skyverse.”

Sophie Leveaux, artistic director of acquisitions and international drama development at TF1, said: “We are thrilled to be part of this project with such great partners. Set in the world-famous city of Cannes, this production will feature a prestigious and glamorous cast. We look forward to sharing with our viewers this extremely well-crafted and witty police investigation series.”

David Lisnard, mayor of Cannes, said: “Cannes, which hosts the biggest cultural festival in the world and the biggest series festival, is a crossroads of audiovisual creation. In its exceptional heritage and natural setting, a veritable open-air studio, the city is proud to host the filming of this international series which will be able to take advantage of the brightness and the magic of the living environment of Cannes.”