France Televisions Distribution revenue up 9%

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PARIS -- France Televisions Distribution celebrated its 10th anniversary with a 9% jump in annual revenue in 2007, to 60 euros million ($89 million), the distribution arm of France's public TV service said Thursday.

"Since its creation, France Televisions Distribution has been eager to diversify its offer and now proposes productions in the domains of animation, games, information, discovery and culture," the company said.

The France Televisions Group subsidiary has doubled its annual revenue since its launch 10 years ago.

Sales of videos, DVD and VOD represented 50% of total revenue in 2007, with Yann Arthus-Bertrand's documentary "Vu du Ciel," daily soap opera "Life Is Sweet" and children's program "Winx Club" among the most popular offerings.

France Televisions Distribution also handles licensing for more than 30 product brands, video games, theatrical shows and magazines.

The company's international TV sales division also saw strong results overseas for "Vu du Ciel" and adolescent drama "Coeur Ocean."

France Televisions Distribution is hoping for strong results for its recently launched collection of documentaries, "Footprints," broadcast last year on public channel France 5.

"This year proved once again that every risk that is well thought out is profitable," France Televisions said in a statement.

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