In keeping with its aggressive push towards pre-buys,satellite platform - and Canal Plus rival - TPS has pre-bought first windowrights to the next film from Le Coeur Des Hommes director Marc Esposito.
Toute La Beaute Du Mondewill be in theatres in September 2004 and is produced by Pierre Javaux who wasalso behind Hommes, a big hit atthe 2003 box office. Actor Marc Lavoine again teams with the director and willbe joined by actress Zoe Felix.
TPS' newly installed head of pre buys, Caroline Got,announced the news to ScreenDaily.comwhile talking about the group's editorial and strategic policy. TPS,which is committed to investing a monthly Euros 2.01 per subscriber inacquisitions and pre-buys of French film, also has a diversity policy whichsees it put 15% of those investments towards French films with a budget underEuros 5.33 million.
Got said that already in 2004 the company had surpassed itsself-imposed promise by investing 25% of its obligations in small budget localpictures. Pre-buys in the diversity sector represent about 25-30 films per yearacross first and second window. About ten big budget films are also invested inannually.
Apart from the Esposito film, TPS has also recentlypre-bought second window rights to the new film from Francois Ozon, Le TempsQui Reste, Cedric Klapisch's RussianDolls, A Koi Bon from Edouard Baer and La Maison De Nina, the next film to star Cannes Palme d'Orwinner for best screenplay, Agnes Jaoui.
Got explains that TPS is looking for "comedies andquality films that are susceptible to bring people into the theatres,"she says eschewing the traditional navel-gazing auteur film.
Meanwhile, TPS boastsstrong output deals with several studios and notably recently nabbed a WarnerBros. deal away from rival Canal Plus.