France TV inks film production deal


PARIS -- Public TV group France Televisions has signed an agreement with an ensemble of the major Gallic media industry professional organizations to support film production in the country, France Televisions said Thursday.

Artists rights group the ARP (Association of authors, directors and playwrights) and umbrella organizations of French film professional groups the BLIC (liason bureau of cinema industries) and the BLOC (liason bureau of cinema organizations) signed the official document Thursday at France's Ministry of Culture and Communication.

The three-year deal, set to take effect Jan. 1, aims to highlight investment in film production and promote the broadcast of more movies and movie-oriented programming on the France Televisions group's TV stations.

The agreement will "highlight cinematographic activity through a logical partnership and confirm France Televisions' status as a major industry player, co-producer of over 50 films per year through its various cinema subsidiaries that pursue a politic geared toward the quality and diversity of its films," the group said in a statement.