Synopsis: History is not just about kings, empires and battlefields. Everyday life is also filled with it: schools, transportation, restaurants, museums, courts, homes, clothing, workplaces, medicine, trade… We are surrounded from our very first day by institutions, places, objects and services and we have become so accustomed to them that we have forgotten they have their own history. Each of them was born centuries ago and evolved throughout the ages… THE AMAZING STORY is an entertaining experience and a new way to learn. Our anchor and his guests travel back through History. They experiment, decipher and recount the invention’s history throughout time and they role-play in historical reconstructions. Our time-travellers are also wearing the clothes and customs of our ancestors. They live their daily life. How will they face the journey back in time?
To know more about the program: THE AMAZING STORY
Synopsis: In Paris of the near future, a dating app matches singles with their soul mates by mining their brain data. But decoding true love comes at a price.
Synopsis: Some rules are not meant to be broken. In the liberal city of Amsterdam, these Dutch students have it all: youth, wealth, sex, power… and the portal to a demonic world from the Dutch Golden Age they opened by accident.
Synopsis: A race against the clock to make it to the top, in a breathtaking location, where willpower fuels team spirit. 2 families with no climbing experience are each united in a roped party. Together, they go for the contest of a lifetime: a race to a peak of the Alps. Along with their mountain guides, they face extreme weather, an hostile environment, and overcome their personal fears to together conquer the path to victory. All along the extreme hike, both teams will also be quizzed on their surroundings, from nature to history, and on their technical skills, in time-penalizing challenges. The competition can shift up until the last minute. An amazing challenge mixing nature, legendary locations and adventure!
To know more about the program: First on the Rope
Synopsis: In this cat world, a delightful 6-yearold feline named Splat lives a whole litter of adventures along with his best friend Seymour… who happens to be a mouse. This series shows how a special friendship between a kitty with a wild imagination and a kooky little mouse can lead to some pretty wacky situations! But in this world of cats – well-known for their penchant for mouse-hunting – Splat & Seymour’s friendship must remain under wraps, at all costs!
To know more about the program: SPLAT & SEYMOUR
International accolades & awards keep pouring in for the animation feature by Claude Barras. This past Friday, February 24th, MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI won 2 prizes, for “Best Animation Feature” & “Best Screenplay Adaptation”, at the 42nd Cesar ceremony … Nominated for an Oscar as well in the Best Animation Feature of the Year category, this tale of tolerance, coproduced by Blue Spirit, already made its mark at the International Animation Festival of Annecy by receiving the Cristal award for best feature film & the people’s choice award.
Adapted from the book « Autobiographie d’une courgette » by Gilles Paris, this feature film tells the story of a child growing up in an orphanage.
Director: Claude Barras
Adaptation: Céline Sciamma
Produced by Blue Spirit Productions – Armelle Glorennec & Eric Jacquot
In coproduction with Gebeka Films, Rita Productions & KNM
Awards track record:
Diamond Valois at the Angouleme Francophone Film Festival
Best European Film at the San Sebastian International Film Festival
2016 European cinema prize for best animation feature film
Jury Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival
Best Animation Feature Film & Best Screenplay at the 2017 Lumières Prize Awards
Selected at the Cannes Quinzaine des réalisateurs
On February 6, 2017, Newen acquired a majority stake in Tuvalu Media Group, the leading
independent TV content producer in the Netherlands, from its historical shareholders (Taco Zimmerman, Duurt Holman and Douwe van der Werf) and Dutch private equity firm Karmijn Kapitaal. Taco Zimmerman and Douwe van der Werf will retain a minority equity stake and will continue to manage the company.
This acquisition is in line with the announced strategy of Newen, with the support of TF1 Group, to be a leading European player in audiovisual content production and distribution with a presence in key Media markets.
Tuvalu is a full-service production house with a proven ability of creating high quality, cross-media content on the back of its creative capabilities, which has been demonstrated through the impressive track-record in development from paper to proven and in bringing international formats to the dynamic Dutch market. Tuvalu is active in entertainment, factual, scripted reality and scripted series. Key shows of the company include “The First Years”, “My New Home”, “Maestro” (BBC format) or “Cover Me”.
By joining forces with Newen, Tuvalu will be able to pursue and accelerate both its organic and inorganic growth and will benefit from Newen extensive skills in scripted production and in distribution together with an access to Newen R&D teams.
Through this acquisition, Newen Group will have a direct presence in the Netherlands and will complete Newen Network geographical footprint on top of existing commercial partnerships in Germany, Spain and Canada. With this alliance, Newen will be able to leverage on Tuvalu strong track record in non-scripted formats creation and adaptation.
Tanguy de Franclieu, MD of Newen Studios, says: “Acquiring a majority equity stake in Tuvalu will allow Newen to complete its geographical footprint, alongside Newen Network, in a very creative market. We are very happy to implement this strategic alliance with Tuvalu founders who share with us a common entrepreneurial DNA and a strong focus on original quality creation. That partnership will enable both Newen and Tuvalu to best serve their respective clients.”
Taco Zimmerman, CEO of Tuvalu Media Group says: “The new partnership will strengthen the position of Tuvalu, both in our domestic market as internationally. We expect with Newen to boost Tuvalu as an international, creative content hub: both on the format as on the scripted market. It will grow our international network, will offer us a direct outlet in France and give the ability to invest more in creating new IP. We are both very much on the ball and have big ambitions for the future.”
Nielen Schuman, Ernst & Young and De Breij Evers Boon acted as advisors to Tuvalu Media Group and Deloitte and Hogan Lovells acted as advisors to Newen on the transaction.
About Tuvalu Media
Tuvalu Media was founded in 2006 and has become the biggest Dutch independent TV-producer since. Part of the Tuvalu Media Group is Column Film (scripted), Sparkx (on-line) and Age of Media Network (MCN) with more than 360 million views per month.
This game show, produced by Flab and hosted by famous French comic Jean-Luc Lemoine, sees the pair of contestants challenged to keep as much money as possible from their starting purse of 100.000 euros by doing only one thing: guessing the correct age of the 6 strangers presented to them. Observation and intuition will be key to their success!
To help them, 5 clues are at their disposal but they can only be used once. All have a link to the strangers birth year: a song, a celebrity, a memory, the zoom and an event.
For every age correctly guessed, they get a bonus but for every year of difference between their guess and the truth, they lose money … and the more they advance in the game and the more money it is per year’s difference. The final round sees them have 4 tries and 4 clues to correctly guess the age of the 6th stranger.
GUESS MY AGE is a French creation successfully distributed internationally by Vivendi Entertainment since its launch in Cannes for MIPTV 2016. The format rights have already been sold to 18 territories such as the United States & the UK and the first international adaptations are expected to launch this fall.
Settled in her love life, Isabelle, helped by her kids, tries her best to welcome husband’s Franck daughter Sybille with style. She’s supposed to come for a week’s holiday but things start going wrong as soon as she steps through the door … calling Isabelle “Mam” and expressing a desire to move in with her dad. More troubled by this situation than she lets on, Isabelle starts making mistakes … so much so that fearing for her health, she consults a doctor who convinces her she might have a brain tumor. Feeling the call of possible death, the head of the family tries to get things settled for after she’s gone, while Sybille keeps driving the whole tribe crazy! Things are definitely bound to get interesting!
Police captain Marie Hersant, a native of the island, is sent back to investigate the worrying disappearance of her childhood friend Sandrine Le Pennec, who seems to have vanished without a trace after leaving her an alarming message. She’s determined to find the truth, despite the reluctance of her lieutenant & lover who’s worried to see his pregnant wife go back to the place of all her sorrows… the biggest one being her mother Marie, a local figure of importance, from whom she’s been estranged since her father’s death at sea in mysterious circumstances that have left the locals weary & angry at her family.
Such a complicate investigation is further threatened by a sudden storm that leaves the island cut off from the mainland. In such tense conditions, Marie will uncover deep secrets that will have her delve deep into her own family history and lead her to even suspect some of her family members …