Canal Plus: The Latest French Sensation

Rene Bonnell, the director of Canal Plus' film operations, still remembers being snubbed on his first trip to America in 1984. Those were the early days of French pay-TV and getting good movies was crucial to Bonnell's operation. But Universal, Paramount, MGM, and others weren't eager to do business with a puny pay-TV venture that was likely to go bust. "They told me to come back when we had our first million subscribers," recalls Bonnell.

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