'Braquo,' 'Little Prince,' 'Gaddafi' are bestsellers
Olivier Marchal’s dark-edged crime drama “Braquo,” 3D toon skein “The Little Prince” and documentary “Gaddafi: Our Best Enemy” nabbed the best export kudos at Monday night’s 18th French Film and TV Producers Assn. (Procirep) Awards.The export nods, handed out by promo org TV France Intl., selected programs that sold in all major territories and earned top ratings. Braquo,” co-penned and co-directed by Marchal, was produced by Capa Drama and repped by Zodiak Rights. The show was picked up in Canada (eOne), Italy (Fox Intl. Channel, RAI Cinema), U.K. (Fox), Scandinavia (Scanbox) and Brazil (GloboSat). Commissioned by paybox Canal Plus, “Braquo” turns on four cops in a gang-busting unit out to avenge the death of their squad leader. The second season, penned by Abdel Raouf Dafri and co-produced by Marchal, currently airs on Canal Plus. “The Little Prince” was produced by Aton Soumache’s Method Animation and repped by Philippe and Guillaume Soutter’s PGS Entertainment in international markets. The animated series, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s best-selling novella, was snatched up in Germany (WDR), Australia (ABC), Canada (Knowledge Network, Télé-Québec), Spain (Disney), Italy (RAI) and Russia (Channel 1), among other territories. “Gaddafi,” helmed by Antoine Vitkine and produced by Illegitime Defense and Les Films du Cabestan, depicts Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year reign in Libya and his relations with political leaders in Western countries. It was acquired in Germany (ZDF), Australia (SBS), Austria (ORF), Canada (CBC), Spain (EITB, TV3), Japan (NHK) and Norway (NRK). “Braquo’s” first season had 15.8 million viewers while, from Oct. 2009 to Nov. 2011 “The Little Prince” drew a total of 13.6 million viewers worldwide while “Gaddafi” attracted 10.8 million followers. Vivement Lundi took Procirep’s animation producer plaudit. Cpmpany produced “Specky Four-Eyes,” one of 10 animated shorts contending for an Oscar. Camera Lucida and Scarlett Prods. took Procirep’s docu and fiction drama producer nods, respectively. Camera Lucida’s credits include “Chernobyl: A Natural History” for Franco-German net Arte. Scarlett produced “Kaboul Kitchen” for Canal Plus.