Beta captures thriller series “Prison Island”, extends French slate
Fabienne Servan Schreiber, Producer, Cinétévé: “We are very happy to have convinced Michel Bussi to write the script for this series. His imagination and storytelling are a great enrichment for our industry. We wish that audiences will be as captivated watching Prison Island as they are by reading his books.”
Jérôme Vincendon, EVP French-speaking Europe, Beta Film: “We are excited to add Prison Island to our catalogue. The series combines a captivating story with beautiful scenery and locations, certainly a recipe to continue the recent success of Beta’s French slate. I hope this is the beginning of a fruitful collaboration on series with Cinétévé.”
A peaceful island turns into a prison, when a group of armed activists take the whole population of the quaint, isolated place off the coast of Brittany hostage. They are highly organized – yet their motives remain a secret. There’s only one thing Alpha, their leader, hasn’t taken into account: Five passengers of the shuttle that links the island to the mainland manage to escape and hide. As the islanders face this extraordinary, deadly situation, secrets surface, sources of conflict. But who among them will become a hero, a coward, or a traitor?
Beta’s French slate has celebrated outstanding ratings successes in France and Italy in recent months. Thalie Images’ The Island of Thirty Coffins has dominated prime time in France, securing two wins for France 2 in a row while averaging over 3.2 million viewers and a market share of over 17% throughout the season. Crime drama Presumed Guilty celebrated a prime time win for RAI1 in Italy with 3.7 million viewers, outperforming even the Champions League.