Film and series: supporting film production
Orange via the Orange Content Division has actively supported and participated in film production for many years. Spearheading this commitment, our subsidiaries Orange Studio and OCS celebrated their 10th anniversaries in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
More than 10 years of success for Orange Studio
Orange Studio has invested in the co-production and purchase of films since 2007: “The Artist”, “Timbuktu”, “Le Petit Prince” and more recently “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”, “The Guardians”, “A Stork’s Journey”, “Little Tickles” and “City Hunter”. Orange Studio holds the rights to around 1,200 titles including 600 audio-visual works from various catalogues. What’s more, Orange Studio is actively developing its independent and diversified coproduction strategy, coupled with its search for film and audiovisual talent in Africa.
We want to increase our visibility among our target audience. Thanks to a recent agreement with UGC, 5 of ‘our’ films will be distributed under Orange Studio Distribution label: we’ll be named as the distributors.David Kessler, Orange Content Director and CEO Orange Studio
OCS, the package dedicated to fans of film and series
Launched in 2008, OCS offers a package of 4 channels, thousands of VoD titles and an application available for watching them on all screens. OCS is distributed throughout France and Switzerland.
OCS offers film premières before anyone else, exclusive series less than 24 hours after their launch in the United States (including Game of Thrones), new HBO programmes as well as all the previous seasons of the series it is currently showing, OCS Signature series, international series under the new label OCS Originals and the service OCS on demand.
Over the last 10 years, OCS has invested €326 million on 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.
#DidYouKnow Orange is present through all stages of a film’s life
Since the beginning of 2018, Orange Studio and OCS have co-produced and financed a selection of ambitious and international series under the OCS Originals label. This investment bore fruit in 2019 with the international series “The Name of the Rose”, which was distributed in March on OCS with Orange Studio retaining the exclusive distribution rights in France. The second OCS Originals series “Devils”, a high-stakes financial thriller set during the European debt crisis, will be broadcast on OCS at the beginning of 2020. What’s more, four new projects that fall under the OCS Originals label were announced in March 2019:
- 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, an European cyber-thriller
OCS has built up a strong relationship with French production companies working on series and documentaries. Its ground-breaking, independent and bold pre-purchasing approach has led to the release of more than twenty different series over 36 seasons.
Founded in 2011 the OCS Signature label focuses on producing and promoting French short format (26 minutes) programmes, offering its subscribers ambitious new TV drama and comedy creations. Each year, OCS launches five or six new series. The aim is to produce original French programming through a partnership between the writers, actors and the channel. The artists are given total creative freedom and a limited budget, with the choices and risks inherent in any creative process shared by everyone.
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, Director of Programming at OCS
Orange as a festival partner
We have developed close partnerships with major film institutions and events 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.
Series: funding new creative talent
In 2018, the Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques (SACD) and OCS created the SACD / OCS Signature fund, with the first call for projects launched in March 2018. With a budget of 50,000 euros in 2018, it aims to highlight new TV scriptwriters and assist them in writing original, bold and inventive 26-minute format series. Building on the success of its first edition which received more than 190 projects, the SACD / OCS Signature fund will be renewed in 2019 and will focus on the theme of time travel.