ARTE EDITORIAL GUIDELINES - page 57

FICTION
SECOND HALF OF THE EVENING
GOAL AND PURPOSE OF THE SLOT
This is a slot for:
1. individual productions (ARTE co-productions – television premieres or reruns – and
purchases) with lively, modern films aimed at a younger audience. For this reason, films for
this slot are characterised by greater narrative freedom and a broad range of topics. Surprise
should be expected and risks are welcomed, as long as they are clearly identified. Increased
viewer attention, to be expected during this later time slot, is an advantage to be heavily
exploited. Crossing genre boundaries will be possible and individual ideas for
implementation are welcome. This is also a slot for films which, though produced for
television, went on to be shown in cinemas, and have thus obtained a screening visa in
France. On Fridays, they may not be shown before 10:30 p.m.
2. two-part shows, whose first half will run during prime time and the second half in the slot
directly afterwards.
3. series: with a length of 45-60 minutes per episode, they will not only be highly popular and
successful, but also harder-hitting in terms of writing, with an innovative narrative style. We
are not looking for shows whose plots can be endlessly drawn out, nor for daily soaps. The
story must be well-conceived with an end in sight, and have a manageable number of
episodes (6-10). The individual episodes are shorter, and therefore more stringent than 90-
minute television films. However, the potential for situations and conflict to arise is greater
within the overall plot, and the range of characters and the relationships between them are
more complex. The episodes should be structured so as to leave the viewer curious about
the next episode, e.g. by using cliff-hangers and dramatic development which maintain the
plot’s suspense over large dramatic arcs.
In principle, the slot will be open to different genres. However, particularly appropriate are
stories with longer plot development and a conceivable end point, e.g. investigations of a
criminal case, uncovering a scandal, the implementation of a master plan or a battle between
an individual and an all-powerful organisation. For this reason, crime shows and thrillers will
often fill this programming slot. Comedies, social dramas and family sagas are also
possibilities.
Programmes which haven’t been shown before (at least in one of the two countries) are
favoured. Thus, co-production and purchases from the international market and reformatted
programmes are worth considering.
BROADCAST
1 x 90 minutes or 2 x 52 minutes
Second half of the evening
Broadcast in both countries, either dubbed or subtitled
ARTE GEIE UNIT: FILMS, DRAMA & SERIES
SLOT CODE:
TV film, second half of the evening 319 / TV series, second half of the evening 314
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