Canal Plus France takes ‘Camelot’

Starz original series to bow this fall in Gaul

European pay TV powerhouse Canal Plus France has acquired exclusive French pay TV rights to Starz’s 10-episode adventure series “Camelot.”

Starring Joseph Fiennes as Merlin, Eva Green as Morgan and Jamie Campbell Bower as Arthur, “Camelot” was acquired from Victor and Samuel Hadida’s Metropolitan Filmexport.

“Camelot” is distributed worldwide by GK-TV. It will screen fall 2011 on Canal Plus in France, programmed primetime in two weekly, weekday back-to-back episodes, said Manuel Alduy, Canal Plus head of cinema.

“We aim to offer subscribers series that boast great production values, look like movies in casting and direction, and are different from what you can see elsewhere in France’s TV market,” he said.

Canal Plus France continues to be a European pacemaker in original series.

In recent moves, it has teamed with EuropaCorp Television to produce both Euros10 million ($14 million) two-part miniseries “Flight of the Storks,” directed by Jan Kounen (“Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky”) and written by Denis McGrath (“XIII: The Series”) and for World War I fantasy thriller “La Patrouille perdue,” created by Jed Mercurio, writer-director of BBC’s “Bodies.”

Bowing April 1 on Starz, “Camelot” was filmed in Ireland, and produced by “The Tudors” producer Octagon in Dublin, Toronto-based Take 5 Prods. and GK-TV, in association with British shingle Ecosse Films.