April 5th, 2022
STUDIOCANAL SELLS MULTIPLE CANAL+ CREATION ORIGINALE DRAMAS TO MHZ IN NORTH AMERICA
London, Paris, 5 April 2022 — STUDIOCANAL, Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of TV series and feature films, has secured a substantial distribution deal with US streaming service MHz Networks for a number of its premium CANAL+ CREATION ORIGINALE series. The sales agreement, which covers VOD and Home Entertainment rights, will see season one and brand-new season two of mystery comedy UFOs, along with period crime drama Paris Police (currently in production on its a second season), become available to viewers across North America. The deal also includes a renewal for the entire eight seasons of the multiple award-winning, iconic crime drama Spiral.
“The big winners in this deal are the MHz Choice viewers who have a voracious appetite for high quality, smart and entertaining French programming, the kind that we can count on from STUDIOCANAL,” said Frederick Thomas, President, and CEO of MHz Networks. “They’re going to eat it up.”
Beatriz Campos who brokered the deal on behalf of STUDIOCANAL adds, “We are extremely pleased to have sold even more hours of our prestige series to MHz Networks, which is already the successful home in North America for our dramas Spiral and La Porta Rossa. The new season of UFOs, which we are officially launching at MIPTV, continues to be an appealing, highly bingeable comedy featuring an endearing group of quirky characters, set against the background and music of the 1970s.”
Along with the launch of the second season of UFOs (12 x 30’), STUDIOCANAL has also brought brand new dramas to MIPTV including, among others, Django (10 x 1 hour), a reimagining of the classic Western starring Matthias Schoenaerts as the eponymous Django, along with award-winning actress Noomi Rapace. INFINITI (6 x 1 hour) which blends together sci-fi crime thriller with political intrigue with a classic love story woven throughout, that echoes the current global space race. No Return (4 x 1 hour) starring Sheridan Smith, sees a fun family holiday in a seemingly idyllic Turkish beachfront resort quickly turn into every parent’s worst nightmare. Elvira (8 x 1 hour) an innovative drama from SAM Productions where Elvira’s world turns upside down when Candy, a sex worker at the brothel where she works as a receptionist, goes missing.
About STUDIOCANAL (a CANAL+ Company)
STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating in all four major European markets – France, United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain – as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
STUDIOCANAL finances and produces around 30 films per year, partnering with talentto make films in several languages, including English, French, German, Spanish and Danish to name a few. STUDIOCANAL distributes around 50 films per year and owns one of the largest film libraries in the world, boasting nearly 6,500 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2, Rambo, Breathless, Mulholland Drive, The Graduate, The Third Man, and Belle de Jour. Among STUDIOCANAL’s biggest successes are Paddington 1 and 2, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Non-Stop, The Stronghold, Black Box, or A Boy called Christmas.
STUDIOCANAL also produces more than 200 hours of TV series each year and operates at an international level, by globally distributing its scripted productions and CANAL+ Création Originale (1,000 hours of current and library content in distribution).
STUDIOCANAL produces its series either directly (such as Paddington which won two Emmy Awards) or through its network of award-winning European production companies, including TANDEM Productions (Shadowplay) and LAILAPS FILMS (Wild Republic) in Germany, the UK’s RED Production Company (Stay Close, It’s a Sin, Years and Years) and URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds, Extinction), Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Two Lives, Jaguar, Cable Girls) and France’s STUDIOCANAL ORIGINAL (Nine Women, Narvalo, Mouche). STUDIOCANAL is also an associate of Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose) and Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price (The Chestnut Man, Ride Upon The Storm).
STUDIOCANAL and the CANAL+ Group, being aware of their responsibility as a media company, producer and distributor of content, share Vivendi’s eagerness to promote ambitious and inclusive creations, which also address the urgency of climate change.