Europacorp


EuropaCorp sells 28% stake to Chinese firm

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has sold more than a quarter of its shares to Chinese production and distribution company Fundamental Films. The US$67 million hands Fundamental a 27.9% stake in the France-based film and television production company through subsidiary FF Motion Invest. Besson’s holding company, Front Line, will remain EuropaCorp’s main shareholder with a 31.6%, diluted […]

Ellender exits producer Slingshot

Former FremantleMedia sales chief David Ellender has left the LA-based content producer he launched two years ago. The former CEO of FremantleMedia International has left Slingshot Global Media, a parting that Deadline reported to be “amicable”. Ellender launched Slingshot in February 2014 with backing from private investor TPG Growth. The remaining staff, which includes head […]

EuropaCorp TV revenues edge up

TV series revenues at Luc Besson’s production and distribution company EuropaCorp inched up in the most recent nine months. Sales totalled €25 million (US$28.5 million) for the first three quarters of the company’s financial year, a 2.3% increase on the same period a year earlier. EuropaCorp said that delivery of the final episodes of drama […]

AB, Arte and Xilam pick up French distribution gongs

French distributors’ trade body TVFI has awarded AB International Distribution, Arte France and Xilam Animation top honours in its annual awards. AB beat TF1 International and EuropaCorp to win the drama category for Desperate Parents, the comedy series from French prodco Elephant Story and which has sold as a finished show and a format. In […]

EuropaCorp revenues, profit soar

French mini-major EuropaCorp has posted improved revenues and profit for the first half of this year. Overall revenues at the film and TV production studio were €98 million (US$122 million) for the six months to September 30, 46.3% up on the €67 million reported in 1H13, driven by international sales. Profit came in at €7.3 […]

Netflix makes French content pledge

Netflix will win the support of local content creators in France by spending money on productions, even if its Dutch base exempts it from contributing directly to the country’s content creation regime, according to CEO Reed Hastings. Hastings also said that France’s strict movies windowing system will not be a problem for the streaming video […]

MIPCOM opens up to film commissioners

Reed Midem has added another new conference strand to the MIPCOM line-up in October. It has created a ‘Film Commissions’ day, which will run all day on the Tuesday of the market. The new series of sessions is designed to highlight how the TV and film worlds are increasingly working in tandem. It will cover […]