Fox stakes Paris studio in format biz

FtvS-France to be headed by vet producer Lorente

CANNES — The global format biz is driving more and more American producers to set up shop offshore both to ferret out, develop and produce shows for foreign markets. Latest example is Fox, which is about to set up a local production studio in Paris. Initiative was spearheaded by Fox TV Studios prexy Angela Shapiro-Mathes and exec VP Chris Ottinger.

The new studio will be called Fox TV Studios-France (FtvS-France) and will be headed by veteran TV producer Angela Lorente, who most recently worked for top Gallic broadcaster TF 1. She will report to Ottinger.

The France-based outpost is part of the expanding international division of Los Angeles-based Fox Television Studios.

“FtvS-France will be a full-service studio. We will produce all Fox-distributed formats, acquire formats and develop and produce original programming,” Ottinger said.

Lorente joins FtvS-France from TF1’s inhouse production company, where she served as head of the reality department. At TF1, Lorente was responsible for such hit shows as “Temptation Island” (L’lle de la Tentation); “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance” (Mon Incroyable Fiance); and “Joe Millionaire” (Greg le Millionnaire).

Prior to TF1, Lorente was supervising producer at rival station M6, working on such shows as “Loft Story” (the Gallic version of “Big Brother”).

Fox TV Studios Intl. already boasts overseas studios in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, and collectively produces 75 hours of scripted, non-scripted and alternative programming annually.

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