Canal Plus CEO calls for more French genre pictures

Amid Canal Plus shake-up, parent company Vivendi ups stake in video games companies Ubisoft and Gameloft.

New Canal Plus CEO Maxime Saada has put out a call to the French cinema world to produce more action and adventure pictures and crime thrillers to fill the gap left by the Us Studios’ focus on superheroes and teenage audiences.

Speaking at a debate on the future of French cinema at the 25th edition of the Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dijon, running Oct 22-24, Saada said he was worried by the lack of mainstream films for older audiences in the pipeline.

“Through the agreements we have with most the Us studios, we get to see their line-ups into 2018 and 2019. It’s all heavily-skewed towards superheroes and adolescent audiences and this isn’t going to change anytime soon,” said Saada.

He said there was real demand for French genre pictures aimed an older audience.

“Our subscribers aren’t teenagers, well some of
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