YouTube is planning to launch its original channels initiative in France, with 13 professionally-produced channels to go live in October, according to a local report.
The selection process is almost complete, with producers such as Endemol and Kabo – which co-produces M6 comedy Scenes de Menages – said to be in the picture as possible partners, French newspaper Le Figaro reported yesterday.
The paper added that producers are likely to receive €500,000 (US$615,000) to €1m in ad advances to produce 20 hours of fresh programmes a year.
YouTube launched a 100 channels initiative in the US last year. The Google-owned video site later confirmed that it is expanding its original content initiative to the UK and is also believed to be working on a German version of the scheme.