MIPTV: Côte Ouest, premier distributor of content for and from Africa, brings award-winning drama to Cannes


Côte Ouest, the premier distributor of content for and from Africa, brings award-winning drama to Cannes this April.  Headlining Côte Ouest’s impressive slate of programming will be the Emmy-award winning series Side by Side, as well as the Emmy-nominated Angolan soap-opera Windeck.
Bernard Azria, Chairman and CEO, Côte Ouest Audiovisuel, says: “MIPTV is a key event in our calendar and an opportunity for us to highlight the strength of our offering to an international audience. We are also excited to be bringing the addictive Africa Zapping to market, a three minute compilation of great TV highlights as broadcasted on French African TV Channels in the previous 24 hours.”

Winner of the Emmy Award for Best Telenovela 2013, Brazilian-produced Side by Side (105 x 45’) from Globo TV, focuses on Isabel and Laura, two women of different origins and social classes with the same purpose in life: the conquest of freedom in the conservative society of the early 20th century. The series earned a 51% ratings share during its primetime broadcast on Globo TV Channel in 2013.
Emmy nominated soap-opera Windeck (120 x 40’), produced by Angolan production company Semba, explores the consequences of unbridled ambition in the fictional newsroom of Divo, a lifestyle magazine. The series brings to life a web of betrayal and intrigue, passion and glamour within the publishing world, portraying the story of those who will stop at nothing to succeed, while capturing the vibrancy of Angolan culture. Windeck was shot on location in the Angolan capital of Luanda, one of Africa's most energetic cities, and experienced huge success in Angola and also in Portugal where it achieved a market share of 22,3% on RTP1.
Fancy a three minute adventure through French-speaking Africa? Look no further than Côte Ouest-produced Africa Zapping. The innovative and unique series offers three minute snapshots of outstanding, hilarious and sometimes strange TV moments that have been broadcast across French-speaking African in the previous 24 hours.   Africa Zapping serves as a daily barometer of the social, cultural and political life on the continent. The juxtaposition of different views presented in these clips results in an amusing and creative show that will captivate viewers everywhere. Simply addictive!

Finally, Côte Ouest proudly present The Story of My Life (26 x 26’), the first English-language version of the popular Ivory Coast production.  The Story of My Life is a drama series that follows Jade Gnaoré, a young woman who returns to her hometown to grieve her late-husband’s death. While visiting, the city is attacked by rebels, and her father is killed. Jade meets Alex, a young doctor, and a connection between the pair develops, despite Alex being betrothed to someone else…
Côte Ouest will be on stand G71, Palais 1 at MIPTV 2014. For more information on Côte Ouest visit www.coteouest.tv