A major partner in the content ecosystem
With 10 million TV customers, powerful networks and a presence across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Orange is a key partner for many content players in the sector.
Content aggregation and distribution
In our role as an aggregator and distributor, and thanks to our powerful networks, we help our customers enjoy their favourite content across all their screens, whether at home or on the move.
Our content strategy, led by Orange Content, relies on developing partnerships with rights holders and service providers. This enables us to offer a wide range of top quality and diverse content in the following area:
- TV: France Télévisions, TF1, M6, AB, Disney, beIN SPORTS, Netflix, Filmo TV ;
- Film and series for Orange VOD and OCS: HBO, UGC, Sony Pictures Television, Studio Canal, Wild Bunch, BBC, Pathé, Paramount, Lionsgate, MGM, Fox, Starz, Eone ;
- Games: Square Enix, Sega, Gameloft, Ubisoft, Disney, Warner, Anuman, Deepsilver;
- Music: Deezer, Anghami, Digster, Playzer ;
- Culture: ePresse, Youscribe.
Through our subsidiary Orange Studio and premium OCS service, we’re also developing an ambitious policy to support the production, coproduction and distribution of films and series.
Ongoing investment in French and European film production
Over the last 10 years, OCS has invested €326 million to finance 360 films working with 200 different production companies. At the end of 2018, this commitment was renewed with an agreement signed with the cinema industry for a further investment of €125 million over 3 years (2019-2021) in French and European film production. At the same time, OCS has actively contributed to the shortening of the window-release schedule, with OCS now able to screen movies just six months after their release in cinemas.
Coproduction of films and series through our subsidiaries Orange Studio and OCS
Orange Studio has two key objectives:
- Participation in the production of mainly French films, in a whole range of genres from independent dramas to thrillers and romantic comedies (around 200 films have been coproduced, distributed or sold in France and/or on the international market).
- Holding the rights in France and abroad to a catalogue of around 1,2000 titles, which we have coproduced or purchased as part of our agreement with UCG.
- 3 awards at the Cannes Film Festival, 5 Oscars, 22 César.
- 1.2 million cinema audience for La Belle Epoque directed by Nicolas Bedos.
- Top 3 successes: The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius, Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako and The Little Prince by Mark Osborne.
Orange Studio’s coproduction criteria
A number of elements come into play. First of all, the essential wow factor. Then the team: from the casting agent to the producer and director. In addition to giving breakthrough artists a chance, we also remain loyal to the people with whom we enjoy a track record of successful collaborations.
Financial aspects are also important to ensure the investment takes into account the risk and estimated potential of each film. Above all, cinema will always remain a human adventure.
Coproducing series and creating original content
In July 2017, an investment of €100 million over 5 years was allocated to coproducing and buying the rights to series. Investing in ambitious projects alongside recognised french, European and international partners means we are able to secure a diverse range of shows by playing a role throughout the value chain, upstream with Orange Studio and downstream with OCS. This commitment also enables the Group to hold the rights to distribute series and optimise the investments made by Orange Studio.
Since the beginning of 2018, Orange Studio and OCS have coproduced and financed a selection of ambitious and international shows under the OCS Originals label.
1st success in 2019: The Name of the Rose, an international series distributed in March 2019 on OCS with Orange Studio retaining the distribution rights in France.
2nd OCS Originals series 2020: Devils, a high-stakes financial thriller set during the European debt crisis, will be available on OCS.
Projects in the pipeline:
- Cheyenne & Lola, a social western.
- The Opera, a dance-filled workplace drama set within the Palais Garnier.
- Sentinels, a series about the French army.
- Unpunished, a European cyber-thriller.
Since 2011, OCS has pursued a groundbreaking, independent and bold pre-purchasing approach under the OCS Signature label. This new label focuses on producing and promoting French short format (26 minutes) programmes and represents around 20 different series over 36 seasons, with five to six new series released each year.
We finance projects up to 50% and give the producers total creative freedom. The pace of production is also quicker than for a traditional series.Boris Duchesnay, Deputy General Manager OCS
OCS programmes awarded at the 2020 Golden Globes
- 3 awards for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood : Best Screenplay, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt
- 2 awards for Chernobyl : Best Limited Series and Best Supporting Actor for Stellan Skarsgård.
- 2 awards for Succession : Best Drama TV Series and Best Actor in a Drama TV Series for Brian Cox
- The SACD/OCS Signature fund provides financial support to highlight new TV scriptwriters and assist them in writing original, bold and inventive 26-minute format series.
- Orange is a long-standing partner of major film events and institutions such as the Cannes Film Festival, Deauville American Film Festival, the Lumière Film Festival, the Alpe d’Huez Comedy Film Festival and the Institut Lumière.