Arab Today, arab today europe finds common language in bid to rival us tv
Last Updated : GMT 09:04:30
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Using the world's most widely understood tongue

Europe finds common language in bid to rival US TV

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Europe finds common language in bid to rival US TV

Each episode of 'Game of Thrones' costs an average $6m
Paris - Arab Today

"Game of Thrones" may finally bring a change in Europe that various wars and EU bureaucracy have failed to bring about: making English a common language -- on TV screens, at least.

Ambitions to rival US television superproductions are forcing European companies to put aside national pride and linguistic defences to jointly make their own expensive co-productions, and that means necessarily using the world's most widely understood tongue, according to executives at an international TV content fair in the French Riviera city of Cannes.

"In each European country, TV networks finance series to the tune of 800,000 to 1.2 million euros per hour, compared to three million euros an hour on American networks," Romain Bessi, the operating director for the StudioCanal production subsidiary of French channel Canal+, told AFP.

"European networks are now seeking to team up to finance productions for three to four million per hour," he said.

- Cinema quality -

Bessi and other representatives at the MIPTV fair said there are around 100 media groups in Europe able to come up with the money to finance a big-budget production. A decade ago, there was only a handful.

"Their number has exploded," Bessi said, "because of the growth of US pay-TV networks and the entry of video giants online" such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Sony, each of which needs around four big series a year.

Public tastes are also in play. European viewers have now come to expect cinematic quality after having watched US offerings such as "Game of Thrones", each episode of which costs an average $6 million (5.6 million euros). They are demanding the same standard from their local TV productions.

The result is a sea change for European networks. Before 2010, coproductions were rare. "Now we see partnerships no one would have thought possible," the head of drama for the British network Sky, Anne Mensah, said.

A push is certainly on to bring out splashy, expensive shows on the Old Continent.

One example is "Versailles", a Canal+ coproduction with Italian and Canadian companies budgeted at 27 million euros.

Another is "The Refugees", a science-fiction series whose lead coproducers are BBC Worldwide and Spanish TV giant Atresmedia. It's the first time Artesmedia has made an English-language.

The Scandinavians have also invested in coproduced shows, such as "Occupied", about a fictional invasion of Norway by the Russians, with dialogue in English, Russian and Norwegian.

Italy's Sky Italia has a pontifical drama in the works, "The Young Pope", imagining the first Italian-American head of the Roman Catholic Church.

French outfit Gaumont Television Europe confirmed at MIPTV it was bringing out its second English-language series, "1001", a Scandinavian-created thriller about a singer who demands a ransom to not commit murder. Its first series, "Spy City", was coproduced with a German company, Odeon.

Many writers in several countries are ready to work in English, Gaumont's vice-CEO, Christophe Riandee, told the US cinema industry magazine Variety this week.

"What we are seeing is the birth of a European creative community," he said.
Source: AFP

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today europe finds common language in bid to rival us tv Arab Today, arab today europe finds common language in bid to rival us tv

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today europe finds common language in bid to rival us tv Arab Today, arab today europe finds common language in bid to rival us tv

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today EasyJet, Lufthansa among seven to bid

GMT 06:49 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

EasyJet, Lufthansa among seven to bid
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Fighters celebrate Raqa victory

GMT 06:07 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Fighters celebrate Raqa victory
Arab Today, arab today Iran's Facebook shuts down

GMT 23:50 2017 Monday ,16 October

Iran's Facebook shuts down
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Sidem reveals plan to improve education

GMT 15:52 2017 Friday ,06 October

Sidem reveals plan to improve education
Arab Today, arab today British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman
Arab Today, arab today Three killed, 360,000 without power

GMT 05:11 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Three killed, 360,000 without power
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Mercedes says recalls 400,000 UK cars

GMT 06:56 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Mercedes says recalls 400,000 UK cars
Arab Today, arab today Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs

GMT 10:53 2017 Sunday ,15 October

Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs
Arab Today, arab today Dalal Abdel Aziz happy for “Seventh Neighbor”

GMT 09:31 2017 Monday ,16 October

Dalal Abdel Aziz happy for “Seventh Neighbor”
Arab Today, arab today India to close colonial-era military farms

GMT 18:49 2017 Monday ,16 October

India to close colonial-era military farms

GMT 12:33 2017 Friday ,13 October

Anoshka happy for reactions to her talk show

GMT 10:37 2017 Thursday ,12 October

Cara Delevingne accuses Weinstein

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 12:02 2017 Saturday ,14 October

Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 23:42 2017 Monday ,16 October

Better Marriages Make

GMT 07:02 2017 Sunday ,15 October

German minister sparks uproar

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 03:59 2017 Sunday ,15 October

US mobile carriers Sprint, T-Mobile to merge

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday