French TV Prix for three


PARIS -- French television series "Code Lyoko" (animation), "Devenir un Homme" (documentary) and "Dolmen" (fiction) walked away with TV France International's Prix de L'export 2006.

The annual awards, which were presented during the PROCIREP Producer's Prize ceremony in Paris late Monday, honor the best-selling French television programs in markets outside of France and highlight the economic and cultural impact of these programs.

The results are based on several criteria, including global television sales and broadcasters' profiles.

Taffy Entertainment's series "Code Lyoko," produced by MoonScoop and co-produced with France 3 and Canal J, follows the adventures of a group of students who gain exclusive knowledge of a parallel universe, a virtual world called Lyoko. The high-tech, animated action-adventure series is one of the top-rated shows on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and on France 3 and its official Web site receives an average of six million hits per month.

"Devenir un Homme," broadcast in more than 180 countries, follows the passage from adolescence to adulthood in Siberia, Africa and Melanesia. The series is produced and distributed by ZED.

"Dolmen," TF1's six-part miniseries, saw a great deal of success during summer 2005, drawing over 12 million viewers per episode. It has amassed a huge following on more than 20 channels in major territories. The fiction series, a murder mystery that follows the strange events surrounding a young police lieutenant who returns to her home island to marry her childhood love, is distributed by Marathon International and produced by Marathon with the participation of TF1.