January 16, 2018
In this week's edition:
• Gaumont’s Vanessa Shapiro
• Distributor Spotlights: Global Screen & Inter Medya
Gaumont’s Vanessa Shapiro
By Mansha Daswani
The critically acclaimed Netflix original Narcos leads off Gaumont’s slate for NATPE this week, with the drama being offered to the linear-TV market for the first time. Vanessa Shapiro, Gaumont’s president of worldwide TV distribution and co-production, is excited to showcase the series, particularly to the company’s Latin American clients. Indeed, boosting Gaumont’s presence in the Americas as a whole is among Shapiro’s main priorities for this year. She talks to TV Drama Weekly about building up her content-distribution team and her plans for expanding the Gaumont TV catalog.
TV DRAMA: Tell us about the strategies you put in place when you joined Gaumont a year ago to expand its international television distribution activities.
SHAPIRO: The first thing I did was build a new distribution team, including marketing, acquisitions and operations. In 2017, we announced that we hired three new salespeople. Based in the Paris office and covering EMEA we have Cécilia Rossignol, VP of international sales for drama series; Laura Laas, who is focused on kids’ programming and animation; along with Anthony Reboul as sales manager. Just now, we announced two new VPs for the Americas: Ezequiel Olzanski (VP of Latin America TV distribution and co-production) based in Argentina and Mathilde Rottier (VP of U.S./Canada TV sales) based in L.A. We now have the whole world covered.
We spent a lot of time in 2017 scouting all the opportunities available on the co-production and acquisition side for TV series, specifically scripted. We were able to acquire some finished series for international distribution, including Hetty Feather from CBBC, and we did a deal with Verizon’s go90 for Milo Ventimiglia’s (This Is Us) series Relationship Status.
TV DRAMA: What sorts of things have you been looking for to complement Gaumont’s own production slate?
SHAPIRO: We are looking for series for worldwide distribution that are compelling, creative and that can sit next to Narcos and the rest of our productions. On the distribution, co-pro and co-development side, we’ve been looking for serialized scripted series, mostly drama (comedy doesn’t travel as well internationally). We found great projects that we’re developing right now with production partners. We have two out of Canada, one out of Mexico, one out of Chile. You will hear about all of these projects in the first part of 2018.
TV DRAMA: You’re heading to NATPE with Narcos. What are your plans for that show on the international market?
SHAPIRO: Everybody knows the series, as it’s been very successful on Netflix. We are currently in production on season four, which will be on Netflix in 2018. For the first time, we are now able to offer the linear television rights worldwide and are launching the TV distribution rights for the series at NATPE. A lot of people are very excited about it. We’re getting a great response from the marketplace!
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Distributor Spotlight: Global Screen
ADDRESS: Sonnenstrasse 21, 80331 Munich, Germany
TELEPHONE: (49-89) 2441295-500
MANAGING DIRECTOR: Anke Beining-Wellhausen
HEAD, TV SALES & ACQUISITIONS: Alexandra Heidrich
PROGRAMS: Dementia: 10x45 min., thriller, Blueprint Original Content, Azteca America, U.S.A.; e-Legal: 10x52 min., crime, To Do Today Productions, RTBF, Belgium; The Weissensee Saga: 24x48 min., drama/romance, Ziegler Film, ARD/Das Erste, Germany; Zenith: 7x25 min., dramedy, Lemming Film, VPRO/ZAPP, Netherlands; ZombieLars: 26x15 min., dramedy, Tordenfilm, NRK Super, Norway; Charité: 6x48 min., historical, UFA Fiction/MIA Film, ARD/Das Erste, Germany; Fangar—Prisoners: 6x50 min., family, Mystery Productions, RUV/Vesturport, Iceland; Rivals Forever—The Sneaker Battle: 2x90 min./4x45 min., historical, Wiedemann & Berg Television, ARD/Das Erste, Germany.
“Global Screen delivers high-quality entertainment for adults and kids alike, with fiction and documentary programs for optimal exploitation on TV, video and online.
Our dedicated acquisition team is constantly on the lookout for new programs with strong market potential—from Germany and the rest of the world. We focus on unique series that enable broadcasters and platforms to satisfy their audiences’ demand for high-quality entertainment. Most recently, we acquired these series [that we] presented at MIPCOM: e-Legal, from Belgium, a classic legal series taken to a new level with a team of three that solves cyber-crime cases and if need be hacks into the dark web; Dementia, from Mexico, a psycho-thriller series about a young journalist seeking to unearth the truth about her grandmother’s inexplicable death inside a haunted clinic; and Zenith, an entertaining and meaningful family series from the Netherlands, about two full-time working parents who replace themselves with lookalike robots.”
—Alexandra Heidrich, Head, TV Sales & Acquisitions
Distributor Spotlight: Inter Medya
ADDRESS: Istanbloom, Kore Sehitler Caddesi, 16/1 Zincirlikuyu, 34394 Istanbul, Turkey
TELEPHONE: (90-212) 231-0102
FOUNDER & CEO: Can Okan
COO: Ahmet Ziyalar
PROGRAMS: Mrs. Fazilet and Her Daughters: drama, Avşar Film; Hayat: 102x45 min. HD, dramedy, Bi Yapim; In Between: 126x45 min. HD, drama, Koliba Film.
TRAILERS: Please visit Inter Medya’s Screening Room to view clips of Mrs. Fazilet and Her Daughters, Hayat and In Between.
“Founded in 1992, Inter Medya has established itself as one of the most successful content distributors in Turkey. Specializing in the sales of Turkish TV series and feature films, the company has also recently started to develop and produce entertainment and reality formats, taking important steps to becoming a significant content distributor in the field.
The company managed to earn its clients’ trust and loyalty through a satisfactory and sustained service record and a library that always manages to stay current. Consistently and reliably spreading the Turkish TV, film and format industry to the foreign market, the company is adamant on developing and increasing this contribution in the coming years.”
—Can Okan, Founder & CEO
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