TVF International Notches Up French Deals


TVF International has closed deals with a range of partners in France, including licensing Mediacorp’s Space Farmers to Mediawan.

ARTE took on the second season of The Longest Day, featuring insight into family life on the frontlines of the climate crisis. ARTE also picked up Asia on Film and Keeping the Music Alive: In Defiance of the Taliban.

France TV acquired the landmark aerial series Australia From Above, while Mediawan took on the latest seasons of ITV’s long-running fishing show Monster Carp. Mediawan also picked up Brilliant Corners season three, an adventure activism series about surfing, and the pets and vets series A Dog for Life, which pairs rescue dogs with loving owners in search of the perfect canine companion. In the way of docs, Mediawan licensed Killer Asteroid: Defending Earth and Mars Calling, along with Space Farmers, which investigates the revolutionizing effect of space science on food production.

Canal Plus scooped up the feature documentary from The Will to Fly, which tells the extraordinary story of trailblazing aerial skiing Olympic gold medalist Lydia Lassila, and Click to Ransom, a Mediacorp production exploring the shadowy underworld of ransomware attacks for its Crime & Investigation channel.

RTBF in French-speaking Europe has taken a number of programs from TVF International for its linear and online feeds. Among the pickups are Veracity Productions’ The Big Boss: A 21st Century Criminal and The Bitcoin Kid: Inside a Crypto-Heist. RTBF also licensed The Negotiators, a deep dive into the high-stakes profession of hostage negotiation.

Hannah Cesarani, senior sales and acquisitions executive at TVF International, commented: “It is great to see such a broad range of TVF titles finding broadcast and online homes across France and French-speaking Europe. Whilst factual programming across traditional genres of science and history has always been popular with French audiences, we are now seeing an increased interest in true-crime and investigation series in the region too. As we head into MIPTV with over 300 hours of new unscripted programming on our slate, we’re looking forward to bringing the best of these to our broadcast partners in France.”