230 buyers plan French Rendez-Vous


PARIS -- As French vacationers pack their bags and return from the beach to "le bureau," a record 230 foreign buyers will join reps from 54 Gallic TV distribution companies at seaside resort Biarritz for the 13th annual TV France International Rendez-Vous, organizers announced Wednesday.

The four-day event, set to kick off Sept. 3, will see its strongest attendance ever, with 25% more participants than last year.

This year, the Rendez-Vous is moving from its St. Tropez headquarters to Biarritz' "Le Bellevue" expo center. Foreign buyers will be able to watch the 822 French shows for sale, 65% of which are new to the international market, in a digital viewing center.

TV France International will unveil its 2006 exportation figures for French programs on Sept. 6 and Veronique Cayla, president of national film body the CNC, will wrap the event.