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A look at possible standouts at Rendez-Vous i

Small screen, big rewards | French TV biz keeps animators hopping | Buyers get ready to Rendez-Vous | Franco files

A mix of edgy new dramas, costumers, docus and bestsellers will stand out at this year’s Rendez-Vous in Biarritz, a warmup for Mipcom.

AB Distribution is launching sales on “The Sparrowhawk,” a comicbook adaptation directed by Stephane Clavier. The six one-hours, set in 1750, center on a young knight fighting to prove his innocence of a crime he didn’t commit.

AB is also introducing Fidelite Film’s gangster series “Les Beaux Mecs,” starring Simon Abkarian (“The Army of Crime”). Abkarian is currently shooting the second season of Fidelite Films’ “Pigalle,” a drama series set in Paris’ red-light district; it is repped by StudioCanal.

Marie Laure Hebrard’s Film and Picture is presenting “Xanadu,” a new skein centering on a family that inherits a porn empire. Series is produced by Haut et Court and directed by Canadian Daniel Grou and France’s Jean Philippe Amar.

EuropaCorp-owned Roissy Films is selling the first season of Mabrouk El Mechri’s “Maison Close,” a period skein set in 1871 centering on a high-end Parisian brothel. Produced by Canal Plus, the show will bow on the paybox in the fall.

Zodiak is repping Olivier Marchal’s “Braquo: Cops on the Edge,” a drama series that follows agents fighting corruption with the police gang unit. Produced by Herve Chabalier’s CAPA, the series got top ratings on Canal Plus.

French sales shingle Phares et Balises is launching “Kongo” (“Black Heart, White Man”), a three-part docu that uses archives and animation as it relates the colonization of Central Africa. Docudrama is produced by Brussels-based Eklektik Prods.

Daniel Leconte’s Doc en Stock (“Carlos”) is presenting “A History of Terrorism,” a three-parter directed by Michael Prazan. Using archives and interviews with experts, doc examines the roots of terrorism and the organizations that promote it.

Phares et Balises will launch the third season of period procedural “Nicolas Le Floch.” The show’s first two seasons, which turn on official corruption in 1761 Paris, were a hit on pubcaster France 2 and have been picked up in key territories across Europe. The third season (four hourlong episodes or two of 100 minutes) has already been sold to Japan, Russia, Switzerland and Poland.

Sales powerhouse Audiovisuel 2001 is launching sales on the third season of France’s top crime series “Spiral” (12 48-minute episodes). Series garnered high rating on Canal Plus when it aired in May and June.

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