EXCLUSIVE: Quebec series Audrey is back (10×30ft) is heading overseas after Beta sold the rights to the Pixcom-produced drama to two major European companies, French Canal+ and Italian publisher RAI.
This project was the first Quebec series to be selected at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The winner received the Dior Grand Prix and the festival’s Special Interpretation Award.
The drama in French follows Audrey, played by Florence Longpré, who miraculously wakes up from a coma after 16 years. Now in her thirties, she not only needs to adjust to a completely different world, but also relearn how to speak, count, walk, and do everything that was once considered “normal.” Audrey’s awakening deeply affects not only her life, but also inspires those around her.
Host Florence Longpre co-wrote the series with co-creator Guillaume Lambert during the Covid-19 lockdown (coming of age). Also starring Denis Bouchard, José Deschen and Zeneb Blanchet. Pixcom manufactures beta products that handle international sales.
Oliver Bachert, director of distribution for Beta Film, said: “We are thrilled and proud to open major European markets to more great Quebec dramas and continue to expand our fantastic collaboration with our partner Pixcom. Audrey is back this is truly a great example of how an original and unique local story becomes global. This one-of-a-kind and soulful drama will win hearts in France and Italy and will undoubtedly be accepted all over the world.”
Nicola Merola, President and Executive Producer of Pixcom, added, “We are thrilled that the beta is taking on our favorite drama. Audrey is back new international audience. They have been a fantastic longtime partner, they go deep into our series and only find broadcasters that match our programming. Audrey Returns is such a special show and deserves a global audience.”
Pixcom’s latest scripted series Wong and Winchester will be distributed worldwide by Lionsgate. In addition to scripted series, Pixcom also produces factual lifestyle and documentary programs for networks such as Discovery, History, Amazon and others.