Canal Plus investing in homegrown series

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PARIS -- French pay TV network Canal Plus is spicing up its lineup with Gallic fiction after whetting its appetite with six new U.S. series at this year's MIPCOM.

Canal Plus plans to spend €30 million-€35 million ($42.6 million-$49.7 million) of its own money on homegrown series in 2007-08.

The network will continue to shape its current series with a third season of the detective hit "Engrenages" and second seasons of the real-time journalism drama "Reporters" and the Corsican Mafia family close-up "Mafiosa" in development.

Canal Plus plans to focus on new 12-episode fictions for the 2009-10 TV season, including "Les revenants" from Haut et Court, about the dead coming to life, and "Conspiration," from Boxeur de Lune, about Napoleon's rise to power.

Production company Eskwad is working on 10 episodes of the Gothic thriller "Le galileen" for the channel.

Canal Plus also is partnering with some of the major feature film producers in the territory, including Fidelite, Nord-Ouest Production and Legende.

The network plans to air four 52-minute series per year in addition to its popular 26-minute title "Nos enfants cheris," broadcast for the first time in September.
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