CAN’T STOP media, the boutique distributor based in London, today announces that The A Talks (initially launched in France as Les Rencontres du Papotin) has been commissioned in Poland while being developed in 14 other territories.
TVN Warner Bros Discovery , the leading Polish commercial network, has commissioned a first series which will air before the end of the year.
This commission is coming from a raft of options signed by CAN’T STOP, with Warner Bros International TV Production (WBITVP) becoming exclusive in Flemish Belgium and the Netherlands, Fremantle in the Nordics (Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland), Banijay in Spain and Israel, Ballandi in Italy, Seapoint in Germany, Avanti in Quebec, Rockerdale Studios in the UK, Mark Fennessy’s Helium in Australia and Kite Entertainment in Ireland.
Created by QUAD+TEN and Kiosco TV (part of Webedia-owned Elephant Group), and initiated by (France’s most popular movie directors, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (“The Intouchables”), The A Talks is France 2’s new signature show everybody has been talking about since its release in September.
In each episode, one of the Nation’s most popular celebrities (actor/actress, singer, TV host, politician, athlete) faces a group of 30 atypical journalists with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). All have very different personalities, but one thing in common: a disarming naturalness that is full of truth! Through surprising, unpredictable, sometimes funny or poignant questions, viewers discover celebrities as they have never seen them before. In these questions there are no calculations, no traps, but also no taboos and no filters. Faced with these very special interviewers, the guests naturally drop the masks and each meeting becomes a magical moment, out of time, filled with emotion, laughter, poetry and impertinence. The show is also nourished by various artistic sequences (music, poetry, drawing…) delivered by journalists endowed with an unsuspected talent.
Since its launch, The A Talks has strongly outperformed France 2’s average by +44% among 25-49 and +27% among 4+.
In the fourth episode which aired on January 7th, The A Talks welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron for an interview as no other. The show was #1 among all channels with 4,6M live viewers and a 22,5% share (+55% vs France 2’s average). It also became the most watched unscripted show ever, on France.tv, the catch-up platform of the public broadcaster.
Matthieu Porte, CAN’T STOP media cofounder, says: “This show is content at its best. Kind, surprising, funny, emotional and inclusive. We can’t wait to see its adaptations spread the positivity around Autistic Syndrome Disorder!”.
Arnaud Renard, CAN’T STOP media cofounder, states: “Since its launch, French viewers and media outlets have universally praised The A Talks. It is a feelgood show about atypical people who show how beautiful their difference is and how their point of view brings something to the table.”