DR Drama’s hit series is the first Nordic show to receive the top prize from the European competition of the French TV drama festival which closed September 16.
Nordic series were out in force at the 25th Festival de la Fiction de la Rochelle, with five out of 10 titles vying for best European series - see our story - Nordic series make up half of La Rochelle TV Festival European competition.
Carmen Curlers’ coveted award from the oldest French TV drama festival, comes on top of a flurry of national kudos at the Robert awards (including best series), TVprisen, and a nomination at the 2023 Nordisk Film & TV Prize for writer Mette Heeno.
DR Sales’ Camilla Maria Saasbye said due to the strong interest from French speaking territories, her company is creating a French dub for Tele Quebec, RTBF & BETV in Canada and Belgium. In France the AVOD platform 6Play from M6 Group will be showing the series, but DR Sales is hope to close a deal with a major French broadcaster, on the back of the top prize in La Rochelle.
DR Drama is due to unveil season 2 of the Carmen Curlers’ saga mid-October.
According to Heeno, the returning season focuses on the booming business of the 60s electric hair curlers, under the aegis of entrepreneur Axel Byvang and his dynamic partner Birthe, and Axel’s dream to conquer America.
A total of 59 series were showcased at the 25th Festival de la Fiction de la Rochelle where French industry delegates discussed the need to regulate the use of AI, to both support the technology while protecting the rights of content creators. The French TV industry celebrated the new signing of minimum salaries for directors of drama series.
Among the five Nordic series selected for the European competition, The Orchestra produced by SAM Productions for DR received strong reviews in the French press and is available on French pubcaster France Television's platform France.tv from September 18.