French Firm Newen Heads to Mip With Full TV Slate

PARIS– Fabrice Larue’s Newen, a three-year-old Paris-based media group, has closed U.S. and Canadian deals on gameshow formats and has partnered with European TV players on two high-profile drama series in the run-up to MipTV, which kicks off Monday in Cannes.

Braquo” producer Capa Drama, one of the three outfits owned by Newen, has teamed with Germany’s Bavaria Film on “The Agency,” a 12-part English-language thriller series based on former Mossad agent Mishka Ben-David’s novels. Currently at script stage, skein will shoot in Europe, the Mideast and North America in 2014.

Newen has also acquired two fiction formats from Spain’s Globomedia — “The Boat” (La barca) and “Scarlet Shore” (Punta escarlata) — to adapt for French TV.

“Boat,” a Spanish twist on “Lost,” turns on a group of students stuck on a school ship in the middle of the ocean following a global cataclysm. Skein was was a ratings hit in Spain averaging a 17% market share; it sold to more than 20 territories.

“Shore” follows a pair of cops on the trail of two teenagers who disappeared years ago in a seemingly peaceful town.

Bavaria Film and Globomedia are part of Newen Network, a group of European TV producers who get first-look options to each others’ formats, including non-fiction titles, gameshows and drama series. Teve Media Group in Benelux is another member.

Newen Network offers a flexible and overhead-free model, giving it access to a pool of writers, directors and producers without having to operate multiple subsidiaries in foreign markets.

Larue, who launched Newen Network in 2011, told Variety he aims to integrate U.K. and Israeli shingles into the network and ramp up international drama co-productions via the network.

“Creating original formats is a priority for us as we aim at selling at least half of them in foreign markets,” added Larue.

Newen has tapped Sandra Ouaiss, former head of fiction acquisitions at Canal Plus to run international scripted programs and serve as co-production advisor via her So Consulting.

Shingle has upped the ante on R&D with former TF1 exec Alexandra Crucq in the vanguard. Newen’s best-selling original formats include the word-game show “Harry,” which was just optioned by “Deal or No Deal” producer Scott St. John for the U.S.

“Harry” airs on pubcaster France Televisions in primetime and has been optioned by Endemol in Italy and Globomedia in Spain.

Cineflix recently optioned dating show format “Can You Feel Love,” which airs in Ukraine, for an English-language adaptation aimed at the U.S., Canadian and U.K. markets.

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