×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TF1 Studio Links Up With Paramount, Mars Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

TF1 Studio, the vertically integrated film banner launched by France’s top commercial network, has signed distribution and marketing agreements with Paramount and Mars Distribution.

Under the agreements, Paramount and Mars will handle theatrical distribution of TF1 Studio movies, the company’s co-deputy CEO Tristan du Laz told Variety. Paramount will handle most English-language titles, such as Michael Apted’s “Unlocked” (pictured); Mars will roll out TF1 Studio’s French films and festival-friendly movies, such Remi Nobody’s Boy.”

TF1 Studio will also be collaborating with Mars on select projects which Mars is producing, notably as Julien Leclercq’s upcoming biopic “Prost.” TF1 Studio has come on board to rep the project in international markets and handle DVD/VOD rights.

TF1 Studio will cover P&A expenses while Mars and Paramount will handle theater booking and orchestrate the marketing strategy. “These partners are highly complementary, and we’ve been together for a while on an ad hoc basis,” said du Laz, who joined TF1 from Studiocanal and now works with fellow co-deputy CEO Nathalie Toulza-Madar.

TF1 Studio previously had a deal with UGC that covered French distribution. Since that agreement ended in October 2015, TF1 Studio has worked with third-party distributors on a case-by-case basis. The company briefly considered launching its own distribution arm but eventually decided to limit risk by farming out theatrical distribution and focusing on digital distribution instead.

Launched in May 2015, the group’s digital service, MyTF1VOD, has been thriving. It ranked as France’s most popular pay-per-view platform in 2016, ahead of Netflix, Orange and Canal Play, according to a study released by the French national film and TV board. Du Laz said the platform was still on top.

TF1 Studio releases about 20 films per year, two-thirds of which will be released theatrically, notably “Earth 2,” the $40-million sequel to Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield’s hit nature documentary, which follows the migration paths of four animal families. Paramount will release “Earth 2” in France for TF1 Studio.

More Film

  • Glass Movie

    Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' Cracks $3.7 Million on Thursday Night

    M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” cracked $3.7 million at 3,200 North American sites on Thursday night. Universal’s “Glass” brings together the narratives of Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” which was released in 2000, and 2016’s “Split.” The supernatural thriller unites stars Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Sarah Paulson. The film is set to open in 3,841 [...]

  • Indie Sales Acquires Berlinale-Bound Coming-of-Age Drama

    Indie Sales Acquires Berlinale-Bound Coming-of-Age Drama 'A Colony'

    Paris-based company Indie Sales has acquired the coming-of-age drama “A Colony” which will be making its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the generation section. “A Colony” marks the feature debut of Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, whose short film “The Cut” won a prize at Sundance in 2014. Set in Sorel Tracy, a Quebec [...]

  • Bac Launches 'Alice And The Mayor,'

    Bac Launches 'Alice and the Mayor,' 'My Days of Glory' at UniFrance Rendez-Vous (EXCLUSIVE)

    Paris-based Bac Films is launching a slate of new acquisitions at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris, including Nicolas Pariser’s “Alice And The Mayor” with Fabrice Luchini, and Antoine de Bary’s concept comedy “My Days of Glory” with Vincent Lacoste. “Alice And The Mayor” stars Luchini as Paul Théraneau, a prominent French mayor who has run [...]

  • Viacom International Studios New Management Structure

    Federico Cuervo to Head New Management Structure at Viacom International Studios

    Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) –Americas has announced a new management structure for its fast-expanding Viacom International Studios (VIS) which will see Federico Cuervo filling the role of senior vice president-head of VIS, reporting to Darío Turovelzky, newly named SVP of global contents at VIMN Americas. Turovelzky remains co-chief of VIMN. Under the new structure, [...]

  • Berlin: Edko Films Picks up Zhang

    Berlin: Edko Films Picks Up Zhang Yimou’s ‘One Second’

    Hong Kong studio Edko Films has picked up international rights to “One Second,” the newest movie by top Chinese director Zhang Yimou. The film will have its world premiere in competition in Berlin, it was announced this week. “One Second” is pitched as Zhang’s personal love letter to cinema, and as a return to his [...]

  • Sygeplejeskolen sc 205

    Claudia Boderke, Lars Mering Talk SF Studios ‘The New Nurses’

    The inevitable comparison for SF Studios’ “The New Nurses,” at least from a Danish broadcast perspective, is “Something’s Rockin,’” another 2018 TV 2 Charlie show which was retro but forward-looking. “Something’s Rockin’” described the birth of an independent radio with culture in Denmark. Produced by SF Studios’ Senia Dremstrup (“Norskov”),  “The New Nurses” talks cleverly [...]

  • Robert Redford

    Robert Redford to Receive Honorary Cesar Award

    Legendary American actor and director Robert Redford is set to receive an honorary Cesar award, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, at the 44th annual Cesar ceremony, which will take place Feb. 22 in Paris. “An iconic actor, an exceptional director, a passionate producer, founder and president of Sundance, the most revered festival of independent films [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content