The French crime series “Bright Minds” is a bestseller for French TV distribution

France TV Distribution increases worldwide sales for the hit Gallic crime series Bright Minds with deals ranging from Japan to the US, Canada and Latin America.

In its third season, the show, which will air on France 2, follows a police detective who finds a brilliant partner in a young autistic woman with an encyclopedic knowledge of criminal investigations who works at the police station. Together they realize that their complementary skills are key to solving cases.

France TV Distribution, which presents its latest program at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous market in Biarritz this week, sold the show to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, which has been broadcasting it since July.

In North America, Walter Presents took over the US rights; AMI-télé acquired Canada and AXN Channel acquired it for Latin America.

“Bright Minds” has also been sold across Europe, including to Cosmo TV and Atresmedia in Spain; discovery of Italy; RSI for Italian-speaking Switzerland; and VRT for the Flemish-speaking region of Flanders in Belgium.

Walter Presents acquired the series early on for Britain and Ireland, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); and Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The global streaming service also has Australian rights to the show.

France TV Distribution also sold “Bright Minds” to Fox in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa; LRT in Lithuania; and NBCUniversal International Networks and direct-to-consumer for its Polish channel 13 Ulica and its Diva affiliates in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

The streaming service Salto also broadcasts the show in France.

Produced by JLA Productions, Bright Minds was a huge hit in France, where seasons 1 and 2 drew an average of 4.6 and 5.2 million viewers, respectively. Season 3, currently airing on France 2, has continued to break viewership records with more than 5 million viewers, representing a 28.6% market share.

France TV Distribution also oversees season 4 of the series which is in production. The French crime series “Bright Minds” is a bestseller for French TV distribution

Charles Jones

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