Detective series wins honor for fiction

PARIS — France Televisions Distribution, the sales arm of the Gallic pubcaster, came out top at the 17th French Film and TV Producers Assn. awards on Monday night in Paris, winning in two of the three categories.

Detective skein “Petits meutres en famille” took the TV France Intl. fiction series export award. Based on Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas,” the 1939-set series is produced by Escazal Films for FTD.

FTD’s “Apocalypse: The Second World War” nabbed the award for docu-drama export.

The six-part docu has colorized and restored stock footage rendered in HD. Produced by Clarke Costelle & Co., the program sold to all key territories, including German pubcaster ARD and the U.K.’s pubcaster-commercial TV hybrid Channel 4 and National Geographic.

Drama “Les secrets du Volcan,” produced by Barjac Prods. and Multimedia France Prods., and repped by Newen Distribution, also nabbed a fiction nod.

The four-part mini-series turns on two rival families living on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion. Show has been a hit on Italy’s Mediaset and Spain’s Tele 5.

The animation export nod went to pre-school toon skein “64, Rue du Zoo.”

Produced by Millimages, Zoo Lane Prods. and pubcaster channel France 5, the series has been airing for 12 years. Millimages sold the third season to more than 60 countries, including the U.K.’s BBC2, which has also pre-bought the series’ fourth season.

Comprised of international buyers, the TVFI export prize jury selected programs that have sold to key territories and garnered strong ratings.

French production outfits Mascaret Films (“Skirt Day”), Temps Noir (“A Woman’s Womb — the Politics of Reproduction”) and Team To (“Angelo Rules”) won the producers kudos in the fiction drama, documentary and animation categories, respectively.

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