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 …
Should proximity & health security be confronted as two opposing values? In the long run, are all proximity hospitals & maternities bound to be closed by the state health administration? Are this closures the insurance for a safer health system or a sure sign of the disengagment of the State, a traditional cornerstone of the French health system?
The documentary will be followed by a debate moderated by hosts Marina Carrère d’Encausse, Michel Cymes and Benoît Thevenet.
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Her investigation methods are ridiculed during a trial she’s called to witness at and her previous second-in-command has left her for a more prestigious police division. Worse still, one of her investigations leads her back North, her region of origin, to find her mother implicated in a series of murders. But it might just be a season of surprises as well: what of her relationship with Commander Canovas? Antoine might just end up coming back with specific intentions after all their UST previous seasons and police captains are also very charming up North…
Developped by NEWEN together with Japanese broadcaster and producer FUJI TV, the format SENSATIONAL saw its first international adaptation go on air June 20th 2015 in Vietnam on private broadcaster THVL1.
Broadcast weekly Saturday prime time during 15 weeks, this brand new comedy game show puts your 5 senses to the test. 2 teams of 5 contestants face off in funny and visual challenges based around the 5 senses. Their aim: beat the opposing team and win the most challenges against the S-Men to be more than one to enter the S-room filled with gifts.
More information can be found on the program’s official YouTube channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvhcMAymhg-8VSbXjxyjoFw/featured
Fabrice Larue’s interview therefore offers a 360° vision of what NEWEN represents today and its growth opportunities internationally through distribution, coproduction and the exchanging of formats:
Alexandra Crucq, Deputy Managing Director in charge of development, talks about how to conquer the international market, in-between coming to MIP and having a development strategy of international formats:
Tanguy de Franclieu, Managing Director International for NEWEN, explains what Newen Network is all in light of the unveiling of its newest’ member in Cannes, Canadian company Zone3:
Finally, Michel Bissonnette, CEO Producer of ZONE3, as the newest Newen Network member explains his reasons for joining this exclusive club of independant producers…