As Vincent Bollore prioritizes content investment as one key to unlock the large potential of Vivendi’s Canal Plus, Europe’s second biggest pay TV operator, Studiocanal, its film-TV production-distribution-sale operation, continues to roll out “Spotless,” a flagship Canal Plus Original Series. As Africa becomes one of Canal Plus’ revenue growth drivers, latest deal is to South African pay TV M-Net.
Produced by Germany’s Studicanal-owned Tandem Productions, one of Europe’s best-known TV production houses, and exec produced by Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Rola Bauer (“The Pillars Of The Earth”) “Spotless” is co-created and written by BAFTA winner Ed McCardie (“Shameless”) and Oscar winning producer-writer Corinne Marrinan (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”).
The ten one-hour seg skein stars Cesar Award winner Marc-Andre Grondin (“C.R.A.Z.Y.”), Denis Menochet (“Inglorious Basterds”), Miranda Raison (“24: Live Another Day”) and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”).
An acid, sexy and dark London-set dramedy, “Spotless” follows brothers Jean and Martin Bastiere. The fairly quiet middle-class life of Jean, who runs a crime scene cleansing business, is turned upside down when Martin crash-lands into his world, bringing the body of a dead drug mule replete with heroin and sparking the memory of childhood trauma and multi-tasking for a mob boss, which is all too much to handle.
“M-Net is renowned for bringing the very best in international programming to the African continent first and we trust that our viewers will be enthralled by the compelling story and high production values of ‘Spotless,’” said Lani Lombard, head of publicity at M-Net.
“It is a very audacious and distinctive, high quality, contemporary drama series with international appeal. We believe South African audiences will fall in love with this very unique, seductive series,” added Katrina Neylon, Studiocanal exec vice president, sales and marketing.
“Spotless” world premiered on France’s Canal Plus in 2015. It bowed on NBCUniversal’s Esquire Network in November, garnering critical plaudits.
Of early sales, Studiocanal has also licensed “Spotless” rights to Australia’ SBS.
John Hopewell contributed to this report