European media powerhouse Vivendi has completed a €5 billion ($7.1 billion) syndicated loan from 15 banks, in part to finance the buyout of French telco SFR.
Confirming a strong 12 months for Asian anime, South Korea's "Green Days" and "The House" and Japan's "Colorful" and "Tibetan Dog" will compete at June's Annecy Animation Festival.
European pay TV powerhouse Canal Plus France has acquired exclusive French pay TV rights to Starz's 10-episode adventure series "Camelot."
L.A.-based French lovefest City of Lights, City of Angels will unveil a broad range of comedies, underscoring an upsurge in script-driven laffers with crossover potential.
Zodiak Rights has closed a flurry of sales on "WikiLeaks: War, Lies and Videotape" at Mip TV, which wrapped Thursday in Cannes.
"Carlos" producer Daniel Leconte is developing "Vol 77" (Flight 77), a docu turning on the American Airlines plane that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11.
The Cannes Film Festival has tapped Korean helmer-scribe Bong Joon-Ho as jury president of the Camera d'Or.
South Korean multi-hyphenate Lee Chang-Dong and Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski will serve as jury presidents at the Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week.
Paris-based production outfit Les Films d'Ici ("Waltz with Bashir") and Lebanese shingle Nour Prods. ("33 Days") are co-developing Israel-set drama "Three Thousand Nights."
Employment in the French film and TV sector climbed 2% in 2010 to 20,387 permanent jobs, while the number of freelance jobs rose 4% to 122,074, according to Ile de France Film Commission figures…