One of the most prominent French TV networks is set to make a splash on YouTube. The Canal Plus Group, which runs a few of the France’s biggest cable channels, will brings its properties to YouTube across an array of hubs.
The Canal Plus Group is best known for the titular Canal+ channel, which score a 3% audience share in September 2013. Canal+’s flagship series, such as Le Grand Journal, will highlight the Group’s YouTube network. The primetime talk show recently aired its thousandth episode, so it must be very informative (so long as you understand French).
The new channels will debut in December, and Canal Plus–which has previously dabbled in the online video industry by investing in Maker Studios–will support them with a new platform titled Canalfactory and aimed at emerging creators. “YouTube is a unique space not only for today’s talent to find expression and be creative, but also for tomorrow’s talent, which we want to support and bring to a wider audience in a dedicated area, Canalfactory,” said Fabienne Fourquet, Canal Plus group’s director of new content.
Canal Plus’ invigorated online video presence should open up new avenues of exposure for Francophone creators. Time to dust off your French-English dictionary, YouTube.