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Arte, France TV, Canal+ shop at TVF

The Negotiators is bound for Canal+’s Crime + Investigation network

Seven French broadcasters have acquired content from factual distributor TVF International including a film comparing the planet Venus with Earth and a doc about a programmer who became a cartel boss.

Franco-German culture channel Arte has acquired Venus: Death of a Planet (1×52’) for its Science et Decouvertes (Science and Discoveries) strand. The show is made by New York-based Thomas Lucas Productions and examines why Venus is uninhabitable whereas Earth can support life.

France Télévisions has licensed the 11th season of UK prodco Skyworks’ The World From Above (14×26’), after its France 5 channel aired the previous seasons. The pubcaster has also acquired one-off travel shows Georgia From Above (1×52’) and UAE From Above (1×52’) from aerial specialist production company Navigation Films.

Pay TV broadcaster Canal+ has acquired The Big Boss: A 21st Century Criminal (2×48’), a documentary about a former computer programmer and cartel boss Paul LeRoux, and The Negotiators (4×48’), about the world of hostage negotiation, for its Crime + Investigation channel in French-speaking Europe and Africa.

The channel operator has also acquired two-part ancient history series China’s Dragon Emperor (2×45’), coproduced by Smithsonian and EBS. The show uses CGI and dramatic reconstructions to bring China’s Terracotta Army to life.

Other French buyers include Mediawan Thematics, which has taken over 25 hours of UK programming from TVF for its fishing and hunting channel Chasse & Pêche, including ITV’s Monster Carp (20×46’) and Fishing Allstars (6×45’/5×22’).

Free-to-air channel TF1 has bought UK net Channel 5’s Inside Buckingham Palace (2×46’) for its news channel LCI and Japanese pubcaster NHK’s Underwater Universe: The Orda Cave (1×49’) for its nature channel Ushuaïa TV. The latter follows cave divers in Russia’s Ural Mountains.

TF1 has also picked up a package for its history channel Histoire TV. These include The Asian Century (4×48’), which looks at events that have defined the world’s biggest continent, and The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun (1×60’), from the UK’s Wavelength Films, which aired on the BBC and revisits the archeological discovery ahead of its 100th anniversary next year.

Meanwhile, Belgian network RTBF has acquired doc The Boeing 737 Max: What Went Wrong? (1×47’) from the UK’s Arrow Media and Swiss French-language pubcaster RTS has bought The Truth About Fussy Eaters (1×45’), a special from New Zealand’s Gibson Group exploring the eating disorder ARFID.

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