Docu 'Series Addict' also tops at Rendez-Vous
PARIS — Eighteenth-century Indian saga “Rani,” gangster miniseries “Tony’s Revenge” and pop culture-themed documentary “Series Addict” topped library viewings at the TV France Intl. Rendez-Vous mart, which wrapped Friday in Biarritz.Repped by Newen Distribution, “Rani” turns on a noblewoman sold into prostitution in colonial India amid the war between the French and the British. The €14 million ($19 million) drama is penned by comicbook artist Jean Van Hamme (“XIII,” “Largo Winch”) and produced by Son et Lumiere, the outfit behind hit TV crime drama “Spiral.” “Tony’s Revenge” mixes flashbacks to the 1950s and contempo action to chronicle the rise and fall of a gangster, played by Simon Abkarian. The eight-part mini was penned by Gaul’s Virginie Brac and sold by AB Intl. “Tony’s Revenge” is produced by Fidelite Films’ Lincoln TV and Tetra Media. Meanwhile, “Series Addict” is a one-hour docu exploring the fan frenzy surrounding some TV series. Produced by Agat Films, it features interviews with the showrunners of hit TV dramas including “Heroes,” “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.” “Series Addict” is repped by Doc & Film Intl. and helmed by film journo Olivier Joyard. The market’s most-watched toon was “Chaplin & Co,” a 3D animated series featuring Charlie Chaplin’s tramp character, sold by PGS Entertainment. Underscoring the upward trend in French exports figures, TVFI participation was up 12%, attracting 243 buyers from 157 broadcasters. While reps of European broadcasters made up the bulk of attendees, mart organizers noted a growing presence of buyers from the Middle East and Asia. Conveniently skedded in the run-up to Mipcom, the Biarritz mart attracted 64 French production and distribution companies, four more than in 2010. TVFI’s managing director Mathieu Bejot pointed out that one-third of France’s TV sales companies doubled their revenues in 2010.