French TV exports continuedto rise in 2005 according to a study by film board the
At TV France International'sannual Rendez Vous held inSt Tropez this week, organizers announced that for 2005 sales totalled $192.5m(Euros 150.8m) for a 2.7% increase over last year.
Other territories whichexperienced growth included Western
Apart from animated series,documentaries also fared better while fiction recovered from a three-year slumpwith a 20.4% hike in international sales. Following a very strong 2004,however, presales faced a downturn of .8%.
Interesting to note is theimpact of the credit d'impot.The tax break, which has helped stem runaway film production, also applies totelevision and was responsible for the repatriation of a significant amount ofshoots. International co-productions, in turn, were down 21.6% on 2004.
The St Tropez gathering hasenjoyed record attendance this year welcoming 206 executives from 123 channelsin 42 countries. The Rendez Voushas become a key stop on the international TV sales circuit falling, as itdoes, a month before MipTV which allows exporters andbuyers a prime opportunity to kick off the season.