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Pan-European coproduction Arctic Circle to commence filming

Acclaimed international cast confirmed, as Lagardère Studios Distribution signs global distribution of ten-part crime thriller.

Paris/Helsinki/Munich, November 7th, 2017: New Finnish-German drama co-production Arctic Circle (10 x 50’), an Elisa Viihde original series, is confirmed to start shooting in Finland on 27th November. Co-produced by Yellow film & TV, the largest independent production company in the Nordics, and Bavaria Fiction, one of Europe’s largest production companies, the crime thriller will feature an acclaimed cast including Iina Kuustonen (Nurses), Maximilian Brückner (War Horse), Clemens Schick (Casino Royale) and Pihla Viitala (Black Widows). Arctic Circle is executive produced by Milla Bruneau (Nurses) from Yellow Film & TV’s and Bavaria Fiction’s Moritz Polter (Das Boot) and directed by Hannu Salonen (Shades of Guilt).

"I want Arctic Circle to be a physical experience. The audience will feel the desolation, the blistering wind, the taste of blood, and the cold; but also the love, warmth, and commitment created by our strong main characters. Arctic Circle will be a visually powerful, high intensity trip into a world full of contradictions and extremes”, says Hannu Salonen.

Already commissioned by the leading digital entertainment service in Finland, Elisa Viihde, and broadcasting company YLE in Finland, the Finnish-German co-production Arctic Circle has now secured Lagardère Studios Distribution as the international distributor.

“We are extremely proud to be part of the Arctic Circle adventure and to join forces with such creative partners coming from three different European countries. The show gathers some incredible international talents to tell a unique story that should entertain large audiences worldwide”, says Frédérik Rangé, Director of Acquisitions at Lagardère Studios Distribution.

The worldwide premiere of Arctic Circle (Finnish title: Ivalo) will air on Elisa Viihde in 2018. National TV rights have been sold to the Finnish Public Broadcasting Company YLE.

Arctic Circle is a very significant project for us and we are delighted to cooperate with acclaimed and internationally recognized talents. We are thrilled to bring our customers this exceptional crime thriller with unique and complex characters”, says Ani Korpela, Head of Content at Elisa Viihde.

Milla Bruneau, Executive Producer Yellow Film & TV, and Bavaria Fiction’s Executive Producer Moritz Polter added: “We’re very pleased to see cameras roll on our first Finnish-German co-production. This ambitious new crime thriller brings together an impressive array of acclaimed talent from across Europe both on and off screen, and will deliver a compelling and atmospheric drama with strong appeal for global audiences.”




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BEAU SEJOUR - Audience Award at Series Mania

At the closing of the 2016 Series Mania festival, BEAU SEJOUR—produced by deMENSEN and distributed by Lagardère Studios Distribution—has tied for the Audience Award from among more than 50 series selected for the international competition.


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Lagardère Studios Distribution and Arte have just signed a deal regarding the sale of BEAU SEJOUR, produced by deMENSEN for Eén.
The Flemish production, a successful blend of fantasy and spine-chilling thriller, features a powerfully nuanced performance by newcomer Lynn Van Royen.
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Thrill and excitement as Flemish noir Beau Sejour and football drama Brothers United join Lagardère Studios Distribution catalogue

Lagardère Studios Distribution is delighted with the deal just signed with Flemish production company deMENSEN and will handle worldwide distribution (except Flemish Belgium and the Netherlands) of its two TV series currently in delivery:


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Distributed by Lagardère Studios Distribution, WHITE SOLDIER by Erick Zonca (La Vie Rêvée des Anges, Julia) won the award for Best TV Movie/Miniseries last night at the International Emmy Awards in New York. Lagardère Studios Distribution would like to send a hearty congratulation to the entire production team at Breakout Films.


Lagardère Entertainment Rights becomes Lagardère Studios Distribution

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LS Distribution is delighted to announce the nomination of White Soldier for Best TV movie or miniseries at the International Emmy Awards.


Sonic Boom's exciting adventures continue in upcoming second season- while first season goes global!

There's no slowing down the iconic blue hedgehog!

LE Rights (LER)—handling all international distribution outside of the US and Asia (but including Japan)—is delighted to announce the second season of the successful series.  This new season is currently in production by Sega and OuiDO! Productions.

Meanwhile, international sales of the 1st series are booming in a new string of sales that will bring our speedy hero to:

-       DISCOVERY KIDS: Italy

-       MEGAMAX/MINIMAX: Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Czech Republic, Slovakia



New sales for Season 2


Rendez-Vous de Biarrtiz & Forum Cartoon

LER has attended the Rendez-Vous de Biarritz (Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet, Béatrice Nouh, Amélie Fontaine & Malgorzata Gudel), and will attend Forum Cartoon (Frédérik Rangé).

Mifa, Sunny Side of the Doc, Natpe Europe

LER is attending Mifa in Annecy (Frédérik Rangé), Sunny Side in la Rochelle (Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet & Frédérik Rangé) and Natpe Europe in Prague (Malgorzata Gudel).

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LE Rights (LER) is thrilled to have just signed a deal with ROSG and DE FACTO FILMS to ensure the worldwide distribution of this mini-series (2x80’) pioneering a new genre, the Celtic noir.


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Lagardère Entertainment’s distribution company LE Rights has purchased The Box Distribution, an international distribution company headed by Frédérik Rangé.


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LER, distribution subsidiary of Lagardère Entertainment is glad to announce the sale of TV series “bref.” in the United States, to the brand new network Pivot, which is brought by Participant Media (The Help, Contagion and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln) and targeting the Millennials (18-34).


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Festival de la Rochelle

3 titles of the LE Rights' catalogue are among the winners of the 2013 edition

- The wrinkled minute (BAKEA productions/LM productions/Arte)

- Vaugand (GMT productions/France 2)

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Lagardère Entertainment Rights presents "XIAOLIN CHRONICLES". Come discover the Xiaolin monks, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October at the Mipjunior!


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LE Rights is pleased to announce its documentary line-up, the fruit of a close collaboration with the following top-notch production companies:


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Post-Mip sales

LER, the distribution arm of Lagardère Entertainment headed by Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet, is pleased to announce the following post- Miptv sales:


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