'Miniscule,' 'Waste,' 'Spiral' tap TV honors

PARIS

Futurikon’s toon skein “Minuscule,” Arte’s “Waste: A Nuclear Nightmare” and Canal Plus crime series “Spiral” nabbed top kudos at Monday night’s 9th Export Awards in Paris.

Handed out by promo org TV France Intl. and voted on by TV industryites worldwide, nods are handed out to top-rated programs that have sold in all major territories.

Season two of “Minuscule,” which mixes animation and live action, revolves around the day-to-day existence of insects that are modelled in 3D and set against live-action scenery. It’s sold to more than 80 territories, including the U.S., Canada, Italy and Spain.

Futurikon will deliver “La Vallee des fourmis perdues,” a bigscreen adaptation of “Minuscule,” in 2013.

“Animation remains France’s top-selling genre,” said Mathieu Bejot, managing director of TV France Intl.

Meanwhile, “Waste: A Nuclear Nightmare,” produced by Bonne Pioche, the outfit behind “March of the Penguins,” is a scientific and political investigation of the consequences of nuclear power, exploring cases in the U.S., France, Germany and Russia. It’s been nabbed by 23 TV nets, including Sundance Channel in the U.S.

“Spiral,” recently picked up by Netflix in the U.S., is produced by Paris-based Son et Lumiere and repped by Newen Distribution. It centers on the tumultuous life of a femme police captain and her two lieutenants, as well as judge, a prosecutor and a lawyer.

Now in its fourth season, “Spiral” is a ratings success, particularly in France and in the U.K. where it airs on Canal Plus and BBC4, respectively. Show has been licensed to more than 70 foreign networks, including free-to-air channels and pay TV nets.

TV France Intl. reps 150 Gallic sales agents, producers and distributors.

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