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Summary of the mission report on the crisis and revitalization of French television fiction

The mission to explore ways of reinvigorating French television fiction recently submitted its report to France’s minister of culture and communication Frédéric Mitterrand. The mission was confided to Club Galilée last September. According to the report entitled Crise et relance de la fiction française:

“The current crisis in French television fiction is significant and affects two main areas—content and funding.

In terms of content, the signs of crisis are clear. Only a decade ago, the year’s top 100 highest rated shows included a majority of French fiction programs. Five years later, the numbers had declined, and by 2009 few French fiction programs made it into the top 100.

The public is clearly turning away from French programs. When audiences are there, they tend to be made up of older viewers who tune in to spinoff series and sequels or remain loyal to shows that have been on the air for a long time. […]

The second issue is the funding crisis. It is clear from the comments made by the technical industry and the analyses provided by specialists in the economics of the audiovisual sector, changes in the television market are directly affecting the traditional funding abilities of producers. Without going so far as to recommend a completely new economic model, it is time to fundamentally rethink how television fiction is funded in France in order to adapt to the new reality.”

The mission lays out recommendations for two sets of guidelines and 18 main measures. A summary of the report is available at the Ministry of Culture and Communication website.

At the opening ceremonies for the 47th International Television Programs Market in Cannes, Minister Frédéric Mitterrand announced measures to revitalize French programming and the launch of the Prospective sur la télévision en 2015 mission.

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