First Day Sells to France Télévisions


APC Kids has secured a deal with France Télévisions for the award-winning drama First Day, distributed by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF).

Created by Julie Kalceff, the series stars transgender actor Evie Macdonald as Hannah Bradford, who is about to start her first day of high school as a girl. The series is set to air on France Télévisions and the Okoo platform this fall.

First Day is aimed at children 5 to 9. The show has also been licensed into the U.S., U.K., Japan, Canada, Brazil, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Taiwan, Israel, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa, with further deals to be finalized soon.

Lionel Marty, managing director of APC Kids, said: “The impressive collection of awards and widespread acclaim First Day has gathered speaks for itself and we are delighted to be bringing such an important, wholesome and engaging story to French audiences and continuing our partnership with ACTF.”

First Day has entertained and enlightened audiences around the world, and we are delighted that French children and their families will be able to enjoy the series on France Télévisions, and for them to see Evie’s wonderful performance as Hannah,” said Bernadette O’Mahony, head of content at ACTF.

Claire Heinrich, head of children and youth acquisitions at France Télévisions, added: “This deeply moving story, beyond Hannah’s struggle to be her authentic self, is a wonderful lesson in tolerance, and courage. We hope it will give children inspiration to look beyond appearances, to open up to all the differences that make the richness of human relationships, and to gain confidence in themselves and in others. We are grateful for the producers for their beautiful work, and for ACTF and APC Kids for bringing this essential program to us, enabling us to fulfill our public service role.”

APC Kids is the exclusive sales agent for ACTF in France and other French-speaking European territories.