Series Mania 2024: Art's "Polar Park" wins Vidocq award and Newen's gets a second window deal

The Vidocq Prize is an award that honors the best French police series. Newen Connect announced that the show will be available on the platform Max in France and Belgium.

20 MAR 2024

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The French television network Arte's comic crime drama series "Polar Park" has won the Vidocq Prize 2024 at Series Mania in Lille. Newen Connect, the show’s international distributor, also announced that Max had picked up second window rights to the series and that the show will be available on the platform in France and Belgium.

The 6x52’ series features a prestigious cast, which includes Jean-Paul Rouve, Guillaume Gouix, India Hair, Soliane Moisset. It was produced by French production company 247 Max (now branded Scenario42), written and directed by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu and commissioned by French network Arte. "Polar Park" aired on Arte from in October 2023 and was a major success: the first three episodes of the comedy set a new record for TV series in 2023, delivering 1.814 million viewers (with a 9.6% audience share) during their prime-time broadcast. The three following episodes, garnered 1.276 million viewers (with a 6.8% audience share). The series also enjoyed significant success on demand, accumulating an audience of 6.5 million video views on  platform

"Polar Park" tells the story of David Rousseau, a best-selling novelist with writer’s block, who returns to his hometown of Mouthe to unravel the secrets surrounding his birth – and hopefully find inspiration for his work. Meanwhile, it looks like the town may have an art-loving serial killer who’s staging dead people to look like paintings. Rousseau gets embroiled in the investigation, much to the annoyance of local police officer, Louvetot, with event staking a dark turn when he discovers that Aurélie, a victim who survives, is obsessed with him and his work. After a breathless chase through France and Switzerland, with lots of twists and turns, Rousseau finally discovers the truth about his father and his inspiration returns.

Rodolphe Buet, CEO of Newen Connect was very pleased with the recognition of the series:“On top of the stellar results on Arte, I’m thrilled to bring additional good news on 'Polar Park'. Both the award of The Vidocq Prize and the second window sale to an important platform like Max are testament to the quality of the cast and crew behind the production of the series and strengthen Newen Connect's ambition to supportand showcase high quality programs on both the domestic and international stage," stated.