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Sunny Side ’14: ARTE to adapt “Britain from Above”

Franco-German broadcaster ARTE is to adapt Lion TV and the BBC's Britain From Above format (pictured) into two primetime doc specials and a 10-part series, made via French prodco Point du Jour.
June 26, 2014

Franco-German broadcaster ARTE is to adapt Lion TV and the BBC’s Britain From Above format (pictured) into two 90-minute primetime doc specials and a 10 x 26-minute series, made via French prodco Point du Jour.

The news came as the network unveiled a number of new titles and coproductions at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle.

“We have been working together with Lion TV and Point du Jour on a very free adaptation,” Catherine Alvaresse, deputy director of ARTE France’s specialist factual department, told realscreen. “The two primetime 90-minutes will focus each respectively on France and Germany, recreating a typical day in each country.”

The 26-minute series has been more specifically tailored to ARTE as a Franco-German channel, she added. Half of the episodes will focus on the common history of the two countries, from the Middle Ages to present day, using old maps for ‘from-above’ visual effect, and the other half will be common themes ranging from the steel industry to vacations.

In other news, ARTE also revealed that it has stepped in on a new Brian Lapping and Norma Percy-produced 4 x 52-minute doc series that the BBC is making about U.S. president Barack Obama.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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