France Télévisions is preparing an international “action” series with the Amazon platform, Prime Video, a first for the public group outside of its natural partnership with the French service Salto, announced on Friday during the Fiction festival in La Rochelle .

Three years earlier in the same city, the president of France Televisions Delphine Ernotte had said she was ready to establish "respectful partnerships" with the streaming giants including Netflix.

A partnership that sends

It is now done, with in particular "Black hearts", an action series "around special forces" aimed at a young audience, "directed by Ziad Doueiri (" The insult ")", announced at a point press Manuel Aldy, director of cinema and international development of the public group.

The series will first be broadcast by Amazon, then by France Télévisions "in co-exclusivity", he said.

A fantastic series, “Ouija”, will also be shot in the spring in partnership with another platform whose name has not been released.

This type of collaboration makes it possible to finance projects and "to explore imaginaries that one cannot necessarily achieve with alliances of traditional broadcasters", explained Manuel Aldy.

“It's a plan B, our royal road remaining co-productions with European public broadcasters”, like “Germinal”, co-produced with RAI (Italy) and ZDF (Germany), available in preview. premiere on Salto, the platform of France Télévisions, M6 and TF1, before its upcoming arrival on France 2.

"We are not dogmatic", explained Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez, number 2 of France Télé, ready to collaborate with Anglo-Saxon platforms as long as they leave him "a real window of exploitation", and not only “Seven-day replay” on digital.

Series do you want some here

With a budget of 280 million euros devoted to fiction for the 2021-2022 season, the group has unveiled a new batch of series, including “Sambre”, directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (“Laetitia”) , "Vision of the perception of rape over several decades", according to Anne Holmes, director of fiction at France Télé.

Also on the program, "This is Paris", "immersed in the world of the night through the world of cabaret", or even the romantic comedy "Love (almost) perfect" on the romantic relationships of thirtysomethings in social media time.


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