UniFrance elects president, vice president
The first steering committee meeting of the newly restructured UniFrance was held on July 2. The meeting saw the election of Serge Toubiana (pictured) and Hervé Michel, who previously held the positions of president of UniFrance and president of TV France International respectively, as the new president and vice president of UniFrance.
In its new configuration, the UniFrance steering committee is made up of 58 members: 40 elected, 4 statutory and 14 ex-officio members representing professional organizations in the film and TV sectors, as well as the president and vice president. Under the new statutes, the presidency will operate as a duo representing the two sectors for a two-year term. Beginning in 2023, the terms of all governing bodies will be increased to three years.
“After having brought forward this new reform over recent months, a new chapter is opening up that will reap the benefits of this new union. We will serve as its guarantors, along with the association’s Commissions, the Steering Committee, the Executive Committee, and all of our members,” Toubiana said in a release.
Added Michel: “We are committed to supporting, as a priority and as soon as the summer season has ended, the international revitalization of our two sectors of film and TV activities. This is of crucial importance in the wake of the period that we have recently experienced. At the same time, we will also launch major joint projects in the digital field and cross-media operations that will come into full force in 2022.”
Silverlining Rights inks deals
Distributor Silverlining Rights has secured several deals following the spring markets, including a special on Grace Kelly and the latest work from award-winning filmmaker Rich Bentley.
Grace Kelly: The Missing Millions, a 60-minute special produced by Yeti, has been picked up by SBS Australia, WELT/BILD Germany, ORF III Austria, DIRECTV and DIRECTV GO (Latin America), Sky Play (Brazil), Channel HOT8 Israel, Toute l’Histoire Mediawan Thematics France and Virgin Media Television Ireland.
The standalone special The Man Who Fell From the Sky (60 minutes) comes from Rich Bentley (The Stranger on the Bridge) and Postcard Productions. It’s been acquired by SBS Australia, American Public Television (APT), TVNZ (New Zealand), VG Norway and Czech TV.
Sales also included Sundog’s BBC1 series The Surrogates (3 x 60 minutes) to TVNZ; Great British Gardens and Gardening with Carol Klein to the Home Channel South Africa; and Spun Gold’s 30-minute one-off The Rise and Fall of the Spanish King to DIRECTV (Latin America). Silverlining also announced a new three-part home improvement series from Ten66 has been sold to TV2 Denmark and Home Channel South Africa.
The distributor additionally closed two AVOD deals with Little Dot Studios for over 200 hours of content for various territories on their Real Stories channel. Included in the package are Reggie Yates Extreme, GPs Behind Closed Doors and Celebrities in Therapy.
The deals were brokered by Samantha Sintes and Esther Agraso for Silverlining Rights.
“Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Sintes in a news release. “Buyers have been impressed by the variety of new content we have on offer, particularly given the current tough climate.”
ITV’s Big Picture format lands in India
ITV Studios’ game show format The Big Picture has been picked up in India by Viacom18 Media.
The first season of the interactive competition show will be produced locally by Banijay Asia and broadcast on India’s Colors TV with Bollywood star Ranveer Singh hosting.
The Big Picture tests players with image-based questions and lets connected viewers play along in real time for a chance to win money and prizes. The Indian version of the popular format will be the fifth that’s been commissioned, following Turkey, Portugal, the Netherlands and Thailand.
“We’re thrilled to have this exciting format in India following other ITV Studios formats like The Voice and I’m A Celebrity.. Get Me Out Of Here. The Big Picture brings in viewers from home as active participants and sees a return to ‘feel good television’, enhancing family viewing. We couldn’t have asked for a better platform than Colors TV or a more captivating host than Ranveer Singh, to bring alive this highly energetic and enthralling show,” said Ayesha Surty, SVP licensing at global entertainment for ITV Studios, in a release.