While championing classic films remains a labor of love, in Europe, several outfits' experiments with new distribution models have uncovered new revenue in releasing vintage treasures.
The French TV landscape is about to expand with the arrival of six new digital terrestrial television channels by year-end, and the entry of Canal Plus Group into the free-to-air market with two nets.
In the run up to MipJunior, Lagardere's Genao Prods. teamed with international partners to bring back two hit TV franchises for kids -- "The Chipmunks and Chipettes" and "Xiaolin Chronicles."
Technicolor is partnering with "Grand Theft Auto" publisher Rockstar Games to launch a high-end vidgame and animation production unit in India.
PARIS -- Previously nabbed by Netflix in the States, Canal Plus' crime thriller "Spiral" (Engrenages) has now been acquired by U.S. web MHz Networks.
PARIS -- "House of Cards" stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and scribe Beau Willimon will tubthump the Netflix series at next week's Mipcom TV mart in Cannes, where distributor Sony Pictures…
PARIS -- Arte France Cinema, the film arm of the Franco-German net, will co-produce four pics, including "Tom a la ferme" from Canadian helmer Xavier Dolan.
PARIS -- Franco-German net Arte has pre-bought Jane Campion and Garth Davis' "Top of the Lake" from BBC Worldwide France, which has also revealed several other deals in the run-up to Mipcom.
PARIS -- A Paris court has sentenced five French pirates to three-to-six months in jail, and fined them a total of €1.1 million ($1.4 million) in damages.
Three years after launching its Gallic arm, U.K.-based producer Shine Group is bowing a fiction division, Shine Films France, and has tapped former Endemol exec Nora Melhli to run it.
PARIS -- A newly restored print of Michael Cimino's Western epic "Heaven's Gate" will close Lyon's Lumiere Film Festival on Oct. 21.