International TV Newswire: French Fears, Televisa Struggles, Keshet Sales

Variety | 7/12/2019 | John Hopewell
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In this week’s International TV Newswire: Frédérique Bredin announces she won’t run for another term at France’s National Cinema Center (CNC); Mexican broadcaster Televisa’s profits plummet; HBO pre-buys Keshet’s “Our Boys” for Latin America and Europe; Patrick Vien changes roles at A+E; new Greek government re-aligns public broadcasters; and VODs are still under the upcoming 30% European series quota.

Over 1992-93, France fought Hollywood. for its powerful French cinema quotas and subsidies – part of its so-called cultural exception – to be excluded from the Gatt round of trade talks, liberalizing commerce. France won. Now France’s movie industry fears that its once sacrosanct public-sector support for cinema will be dismantled by the French government itself. Though first and foremost a cinema concern, the threat could have important concerns for France’s TV industry as well.

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On Wednesday, Frédérique Bredin, president of state-backed France’s National Cinema Center, let it be known she would not apply for a third term of office. A symbol of stable state support for France’s film industry, she had made public her opposition to a report by two members of parliament from Emmanuel Macron’s ruling LREM party, Marie-Ange Magne and Céline Calvez, proposing to cap CNC funding, end it autonomy and overhaul its alleged inefficiencies. Calvez suggested at the report’s publication that too many films were made in France, with not enough audience in theaters. What’s not that well understood is that the lion’s share of state-engineered funding in French cinema comes via obligatory investment quotas imposed on its TV operators. Pay TV operator Canal Plus, the biggest contributor, agreed last November, after down-to-the-wire negotiations, to invest up to €180 million ($203 million) a year in French and European movies over 2019-23. As TV advertising plateaus and subscribers in France...
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