Group offers first-look options to each others' formats

CANNES — Germany’s Bavaria Film and Dutch shingle TeVe Media Group have joined Newen Network, a group of European TV producers who get first-look options to each others’ formats.

The Network, launched by French media entrepreneur Fabrice Larue over a year ago, comprises Newen — Larue’s umbrella org for producers Capa, Sebastien Cauet’s Be Aware and Telfrance — as well as sales arm, Newen Distribution, formely known as Audiovisual 2001. Spanish independent TV producer Globomedia has been a member since last May.

The network gives companies the opportunity to sell and acquire formats, as well as co-develop original programs whether they are formats or scripted TV. “We’re open to any kind of collaborations,” said Larue.

Globomedia has already acquired the French format “Connaissez-vous bien la France ?” (How Well Do You Know France?) via Newen Network and has pre-sold its Spanish adaptation, “Conoces Espana?,” to Spain’s pubcaster TVE1.

The daytime show, produced by Be Aware, features contestants who take a cultural quiz to determine how well they know their country.

“Conoces Espana?” is currently being produced by Globomedia and Telefonica. It will be hosted by Ramon Garcia.

The arrival of TeVe and Bavaria Film into the network reflects the company’s solid track record.

“We are very selective: we only acquire formats that we’re confident we can sell to broadcasters,” explained Larue. “We’ve been able to turn 20% to 30% of the formats we develop into shows that are then acquired by TV networks.”

One of the company’s latest game shows, “Harry,” produced by Be Aware, was acquired by Spain’s Bing Bang and Endemol.

TeVe’s most popular formats include “Psychic Challenges” and “Who’s the One for Froukje.”

Bavaria Film, which merged its world sales divisions with Telepool to form Global Screen last September, is best known for high profile pics, as well as TV formats such as “Nature’s Best Inventions.”

At the MipTV mart in Cannes, Newen Distribution is shopping two formats in development, “Chantons au bout du monde” and “A Song at World’s End,” as well as two formats that have been ratings hits in France, “Le plus grand fan” and “Les maternelles.”

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