the world digest


Fiction feat

PARIS — French public TV group France Televisions was the big winner at the ninth annual Festival of TV Fiction, taking 13 of 16 prizes as the fest wrapped in La Rochelle over the weekend. The annual five-day event gave its grand prize to France 3's telefilm "Maman est Folle" (Mom Is Crazy), which also took home awards for best screenplay, kids' choice and best actress — for Isabelle Carré, who shared the prize with Marthe Keller of the network's "Le Lien." Daniel Prevost won the best actor award for France 2's telefilm "Monsieur Joseph," while the jury prize went to "Le Lien."

In high-def

SYDNEY — Australian networks Seven and Ten have announced separate plans to launch two new high-definition channels this year, the first new free-to-air channels to launch here in 40 years. Network Ten, which has invested AUS$10 million ($8.2 million) in its digital broadcasting strategy this year, said plans are well advanced for its HD channel launch on Dec. 1. The Seven Network said it will reveal details of its branding and content for its HD service in the "coming months," ahead of a December launch.

Powers out

TORONTO — Canada's CTVglobemedia on Monday replaced top communications adviser Mary Powers with longtime political handler Bonnie Brownlee. The broadcaster said that Powers is leaving to set up her own public relations firm, with CTVglobemedia as its lead client. Powers joined the company in October 2006 soon after it took over her former employer, rival broadcaster Chum Ltd. Brownlee, a one-time press secretary for former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, comes on board as senior vp corporate communications.