European powerhouse Studiocanal, a part of Vivendi’s Canal+ Group, has rolled out sturdy gross sales on Xavier Dolan’s Sundance-selected psychological thriller “The Night time Logan Woke Up,” Spanish interval drama “The Vow” and a bevy of first documentaries.
The offers underscore the persevering with upside for Studiocanal of illustrious cinema expertise exploring premium TV route, in addition to the corporate’s useful diversification into documentary gross sales and each day sequence.
A Sundance world premiere and Canal+ unique based mostly on Michel Marc Bouchard’s play “La Nuit où Laurier Gaudreault s’est réveille,” “The Night time Logan Woke Up” has offered to Netflix for the U.S., Star Channel Japan, SBS Australia, Filmin for Spain and Portugal and WDR Germany, amongst main territories.
Amongst a slew of offers, “Logan,” which marks the primary TV sequence from Cannes Jury Prize-winning Quebecois actor-director Dolan, has additionally been licensed by Studiocanal to BeTV Belgium, Lumiere Benelux, LTV Latvia, Canal+ Poland, ANT1+ Greece RTP Portugal, Canal+ Austria, SRF Switzerland and BLUTV Turkey.
“The sequence is travelling very nicely following its world premiere at Sundance. We’re very happy about these territories approaching board, and likewise the standard of the platforms and channels we’ve managed to safe,” mentioned Beatriz Campos, SVP world gross sales and manufacturing financing, Studiocanal.
Information of the gross sales on Dolan’s first TV work comes as Studiocanal bows a Mipcom gross sales slate led by the buzzed up huge scale “Of Cash and Blood,” from Xavier Giannoli and once more his first TV sequence, in addition to “The Set off,” a sequence which has fairly nicely flown underneath the radar from “The Intouchables” producer Quad and “Baron Noir’s” director Ziad Doueiri and creator Eric Benzekri.
With Studiocanal boarding “One other Spherical” creator Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Households Like Ours,” his first TV drama, having distributed his Academy Award-winner “One other Spherical.”
Studiocanal is working ever extra on administrators’ film-to-TV crossovers, following key expertise.
“We’re very excited to proceed this journey with administrators, writing expertise and solid from each movie and tv, as a result of we have now labored efficiently on either side ourselves for a very long time now,” Anne Chérel, EVP world gross sales and distribution, Studiocanal, informed Selection.
“Good tales could be developed for each movie and tv. That’s why expertise can also be working from one format to a different. It makes good sense and permits us to ship high quality leisure to audiences worldwide throughout all codecs.”
Additional Studiocanal offers revealed to Selection on the eve of Mipcom spotlight a second development: Studiocanal’s sturdy diversification, each into factual, the place it launched its first doc slate at Mipcom final 12 months, and into premium each day sequence, similar to “The Vow,” its second.
A co-production between Studiocanal and RTVE in Spain, “The Vow” is created by Josep Cister (“Two Lives”) and produced by Bambú Producciones (“Velvet,” “Cable Ladies”).
Unspooling in opposition to beautiful landscapes and heritage websites in Southern Spain in 1913, and a interval thriller drama and upstairs-downstairs love story, “The Vow” has closed new gross sales to HRT Croatia, KTV Kosovo, LRT Lithuania, Dori Media Israel and YLE Finland, including to the beforehand introduced take care of Mediaset Italy.
Acclaimed because the jewel within the crown of Spanish public broadcaster RTVE, which confirmed in June a 250-episode (sic) third season because it builds ever extra its time slot profitable share, “The Vow” is “so very nicely produced and really addictive and interesting,” mentioned Campos.
“Josep Cister, creator of the sequence, has such an understanding of the market. He was satisfied about why this story wanted to be informed and the best way it wanted to be informed. ‘The Vow’ is so extremely profitable and with Season 3 at the moment in manufacturing.”
As on different sequence, Studiocanal – and Bambú, which has an extended popularity for manufacturing requirements, relationship again to “Grand Resort” – seems to be to be outclassing the opposition.
“The co-production mannequin on each day sequence has not been explored rather a lot however we embrace this chance,” mentioned Campos. “Our collective monetary assist helps to raise the challenge to a extra premium high quality which additionally offers the each day sequence the appear and feel and the consideration to element you need as a viewer, from these exteriors to delicate technical parts that make this sequence really particular and cinematic.”
“I’m satisfied we’ll have discussions and curiosity from FAST channels due to present, its high quality, and 500-plus episodes,” Chérel added.
Gross sales on ‘The Wonders of Europe’ and Different Documentaries
Studiocanal’s prime time documentary slate has continued to increase since its official launch at Mipcom final 12 months, because it reaps the primary fruit in gross sales.
Season 1 of·”The Wonders Of Europe,” which tells the story of the individuals who constructed a number of the largest and most unusual landmarks in Europe, has been acquired by SBS Australia, DR Denmark, Rai Italy, RTVE Spain, RTP Portugal, Dubai Media MENA, RTV Slovenia and Sky Arts NZ.
An enormous-budget sequence, mixing reconstruction and speaking heads, and complicated 3D-style CGI to framing the inspiration and bodily improvement tales down the many years,“Wonders of Europe” has been greenlit for an additional two seasons. Hugh Bonneville narrates the English-language model.
“As David Attenborough is to blue chip nature, Hugh Bonneville is to historical past. We’re so delighted to proceed our work with Hugh exterior the beloved Paddington franchise and we love this sequence and the discoveries therein,” mentioned Chérel.
Providing immersive fictional scenes, historic docudrama “Rise of the Vikings” has offered to RTL+ for its GeoTV channel in Germany and TV5 in French-speaking Canada.
RTL in French-speaking Belgium, BluTV Turkey and Movistar+ in Spain have pounced on “Narco Circus,”directed by investigative journalist Romain Bolzinger. “Black Coast Vanishings,” atrue crime sequence from New Zealand, on which phrase is sweet, has now been acquired by DR Denmark and RTL Crime in Germany.
“What’s frequent to our movie slate and Mipcom line-up is the range and eclecticism,” mentioned Chérel.
“We’re extremely excited to have such a various slate at Mipcom. Whereas titles come in several languages and genres, they’re accessible, relatable and entertaining/partaking. We endeavour to be as demanding in TV as in movie, having the most effective manufacturing and artistic requirements in every class, we proceed to be bold in all the things we do” she added.
These seeking to hint Studiocanal’s rising, world ambitions have to look no additional than this 12 months’s Mipcom slate, which showcases 10 sequence, carried out in 5 languages, that embody eight genres.
Some dwell motion highlights:
“Of Cash and Blood”
After premiering on the Venice Movie Competition earlier this fall to an enthusiastic reception and one of many two TV reveals highlighted out of competitors, the Canal+ unique “Of Cash and Blood” marks “Misplaced Illusions” director Xavier Giannoli’s first scripted drama. Director pushed – Giannoli helmed all episodes to cinema requirements – it’s backed by his longtime film producer Olivier Dubosc at Curiosa Movies.
Excessive-end, “Of Cash and Blood” brings collectively a powerhouse solid that features Vincent Lindon (“Titane”), additionally within the Cannes greatest actor winner’s first TV work, Niels Schneider (“Coup de Probability”) and Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace”). The propulsive 12-part globetrotting thriller tells the true story of one of many largest monetary swindles of the twenty first century, a multi-layered carbon tax fraud.
Studiocanal is concentrating on the U.S., Spain and Italy for early gross sales.
“It’s unbelievable that this sequence is impressed by true occasions which makes it actually, actually enticing,” Campos mentioned. “We have been so proud to premiere the sequence in its entirety on the Venice Movie Competition some weeks in the past and to see the sequence proceed to flourish.”
“The Set off”
From the staff behind iconic Canal+ sequence “Baron Noir,” “The Set off” toplines “Petite Maman” star Nina Meurisse because it explores the political and racial tensions of up to date France by means of the lens of a disaster administration agency tasked with a uniquely unstable soccer-world case.
“The Set off” “will function firstclass writing and a few parts that make you query the fact of what you’re watching. I believe it’s within the creator’s DNA when he does such a story,” Chérel mentioned of Benzekri.
Amongst Selection’s selection of greatest reveals at Mipcom, “Black Daisies,” from Canal+ Poland, is a big-budget thriller thriller, combining supernatural parts and the emotional struggles of a lady attempting to save lots of her daughter’s future, even when it means having to reconcile together with her personal previous.
“With plenty of thrillers launching – together with by Studiocanal – the market is demanding one thing that’s distinctive and stands out,” Campos mentioned. “In ‘Black Daisies,’ you’re gripped by the story, as a result of it has dependable thriller parts to attract you in. Nevertheless it brings extra layers to the thriller and has the mother-daughter relationship. The script and relationship dynamic makes this sequence each particular and unpredictable.”
A basketball doc, following the lifetime of the brand new French NBA phenom, ’Wembanyama’ “is a very good instance of a documentary that delivers – even if you’re not aware of the draft system and even basketball, you’re simply fascinated by his character, his journey and maturity being so younger, and his life; an unimaginable story that on the skin appears loopy,” mentioned Campos.
It’s additionally a household drama. “He’ll go far, partially due to the household assist he will get,” Campos added.
“Streaming companies are investing in premium documentaries, it’s one thing the market is demanding in terms of factual,” mentioned Chérel. “The problem for Canal+ is to seek out the fitting angle to make docs for a broader viewers – and to achieve that viewers,” she famous.
Marta Balaga contributed to this report.