has chartered an Air France Paris-Biarritz flight to access the market.
Biarritz is a little less jet-set than Saint Tropez but it has a very art deco, beginning-of-the-century charm," says TVFI
CEO Mathieu Bejot.
Some distinguished companies are giving it another go, including Alfred Haber Distribution, CABLEready, Carsey-Werner Int'l, Distraction Formats, Fireworks, Harmony Gold, Hearst, Lakeshore, Screen Media Ventures and TVFI
, among others.
A Spanish TV delegation was also present, as was the TVFI
group with 20 French distributors.
In return TVFI
subjected them to a full-scale charm offensive, laying on top quality accommodation in some of St Tropez's most exclusive hotels and organizing al fresco dinners in picturesque Provencal settings.
whose remit is to promote international sales of local programming, TVFI
has over 5,000 titles in its database, which can be accessed flee of charge in six different languages.
currently represents 80 percent of France's producers, distributors and broadcasters and operates with an annual budget of approximately US$3.
These figures will be published in a report written by TVFI
in association with French audiovisual organizations such as the INA and the CNC.
Mathieu Bejot, General Manager for TVFI
, boasted that more than 10,000 French programs (representing some 300,000 hours) were available for a broadcaster's perusal at www.
Olivier-Rene Veillon, general manager of TVFI
, tells Variety that as of the close of business Sept.
claimed in its '98 annual report that a total of $120 million was made from sales.
EABC) has approached TVFI
with an all-French channel set to go out over DirecTV in the U.