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TF1 orders French version of Red Band Society

TF1 has ordered a local version of The Red Band Society, the Spain-originated medical drama that has previously travelled to Fox in the US.

2nd Mar 2017 - By by Stewart Clarke (TBI)

The French commercial broadcaster will run a six-part version of the show, which follows events inside a cancer ward in a kids hospital.

Vema Production will make the French version, with Camille Lou (Dancing with the Stars), Juliette Lamboley (15 Ans et Demi), Michaël Youn (Le Chef) and Diouc Koma (Un Homme Qui Crie) among the cast.

Spanish prodco Filmax International produced the original series (top) for TV3 and Antena 3, and struck a deal with Ace Entertainment for France, with the latter handling distribution and setting up the TF1 deal.

The original Spanish version has already been localised for French TV and gone out on the digital terrestrial net Numéro 23.

The drama has proved popular internationally, hitting Fox’s air in 2014 after Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and ABC produced the US version.

An Italian version was made for Rai and a German adaptation for Vox.

Filmax International’s head of sales, Ivan Diaz, said today: “After the enormously successful Italian and German versions of The Red Band Society, we’re delighted about this new, ambitious French adaptation for leading channel TF1.

“Reaching these main European markets is really a fantastic achievement and a testament to the show’s strength.”

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