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A+E Networks, Newen in formats partnership

A+E Networks is partnering with France’s Newen Studios to bring A+E’s most successful formats to French audiences.

Newen, France’s oldest and famed television production house and the country’s second most prolific content producer, will be able to produce such A+E’s acclaimed formats, Alone and Bride & Prejudice, locally.

Specialising in unscripted and scripted programming, Newen’s most recent success is the historical drama series Versailles, with the first episode of Season 2 on air this week on Canal Plus gaining a very large audience success.

“Our deal with Newen demonstrates A+E Network’s commitment to continued expansion in the international marketplace through strong, long-term partnerships with the best broadcast and production players,” said Patrick Vien, Executive Managing Director, International, A+E Networks. “Our formats belong to a new generation of television; they are entertainment with a social purpose. After major success in the US and the UK we consider France’s audience to offer enormous potential for groundbreaking formats.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Newen to grow our collective businesses together,” added Denis Cantin, Vice President, Head of International Sales, EMEA, A+E Networks. “As Newen becomes A+E’s production partner in France, it opens the door to our US channels for Newen’s formats and their next high-end drama series.”

Bibiane Godfroid, Managing Director of Newen, said that Production Valley (Newen’s subsidiary in charge of factual and entertainment) would be highly dedicated to the promotion of A+E formats on the French market and would work with all the broadcasters to promote them.

“I am delighted that this agreement could be made between this great player of the US market and Production Valley,” declared Alexandra Crucq, Managing Director of Production Valley. “A+E formats question society and the world that surrounds us through new forms of storytelling, thus enabling them to reach a very large audience. Alone and Bride & Prejudice are already being well received on the French market.”

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