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Perez stars in Gallic ‘Law’

Monte Carlo TV fest pops

Gallic thesp Vincent Perez will reprise Vincent d’Onofrio’s Det. Robert Goren role in the Gallic language version of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.”

“I’m sure Vincent Perez will make the part his own,” said “L&O” producer Dick Wolf, comparing the two thesps at the Monte Carlo TV festival on Thursday. “Both of them are intense.”

“L&O” stars Richard Belzer and Diane Neal, “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Ellen Pompeo, “Commander in Chief’s” Geena Davis, “The Unit’s” Dennis Haysbert and “Lost’s” Jorge Garcia and Daniel Dae Kim were among a bevvy of talent tubthumping an array of U.S. shows in Monte Carlo, attended by some 1,200 participants this year.

With Gaul’s “L&O,” the long hunt for the right actor is only one of the hurdles that Gallic commercial web TF1’s production unit Alma has had to overcome in its efforts to reproduce the hit series to the web’s — and Wolf and NBC Universal’s — liking.

Under the terms of an unusual deal, the U.S. partners have approval rights over artistic elements such as cast and scripts, while NBC Universal will handle international sales of the Gallic show.

“We’re pretty involved,” said Wolf, predicting, “I think it is going to be very good.”

The French show will be an attractive proposition for European TV buyers because it falls within quotas that require webs to air at least 50% European programming.

Wolf and NBC are involved in a similar local language adaptation of “L&O” for Russian TV, which concerns both “Criminal Intent” and “Special Victim Unit” spinoffs.

After selling “L&O” around the world, the local adaptations are the next step in exploiting the property internationally.

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