Avanti Ciné Vidéo, Avanti Présente and Distributions Avanti Ciné Vidéo become Avanti Groupe. A third group of comedians reveal their talents in the documentary series Les 5 prochains. Katherine Levac presents her first stand-up special entitled Velours.
Avanti Groupe is an independent production agency operating mainly in television, but also in the fields of entertainment, distribution and new media. Having been at the heart of the entertainment industry for the last 25 years, the company has a strong presence both here and abroad.
For the 14th consecutive year, Tout le monde en parle remains the not-to-be-missed show on Sunday nights. Acclaimed by critics and viewers alike, the documentary series On Duty 24/7 (De garde 24/7) takes us to the heart of a new hospital for a third season on Télé-Québec. After having intrigued Quebec with its mystery comedian campaign, Pierre Hébert seduces his audience with his second one-man show entitled Le goût du risque. Dominic & Martin celebrate their 25-year career anniversary by launching their fifth show, entitled Juste Dominic & Martin.
After airing 1298 episodes from 1993 to 2001, Hot Pepper (Piment Fort) is off to a new start on TVA with host Normand Brathwaite. On Télé-Québec, the documentary series On Duty 24/7 (De garde 24/7) offers a glimpse into the chaotic lives of doctors and the documentary Neither Boy Nor Girl (Ni fille ni garcon) explores the phenomenon of intersexuality. Set in the mid-80s, the comedy My 80s Teen Misadventures (Mes petits malheurs) thrills audiences young and old on ICI Radio-Canada. On the stage front, up-and-coming comedian David Beaucage joins the ranks of Avanti Présente.
The Angel’s Crib (Le berceau des anges) helps Séries+ shatter ratings records. On the same channel, dramatic comedy Dumped! (Mon ex à moi) receives critical acclaim and brings a breath of fresh air to the network. The patriarch of the Paré family comes to life again in Ti-Mé show aired on ICI Radio-Canada Télé. While Stéphane Fallu and Guillaume Wagner tour with their new solo shows, we witness the rise of five comedians in the second season of the documentary series, Les 5 prochains.
Tout le monde en parle turns ten. Cathy Gauthier and Jean-François Mercier both take their one-man show on the road while new up-and-comers join the ranks of Avanti Présente: Fred Dubé, Katherine Levac and Reda Saoui. The format Love Bugs (Un gars, une fille) was recognized as Best fiction format in international television history by the prestigious independent research firm The Wit.
Approaching its 25th year, Avanti celebrates many anniversaries. The 20-year anniversary of La Petite Vie is told through at a new exhibition at the Musée québécois de culture populaire in Trois-Rivières. On stage, Dominic and Martin present their show, FOU, a fourth performance that coincides with the famous duo’s 20th anniversary working together.
Claude Meunier presents a satire the revolves around couple’s life over three generations with Adam & Eve. On Canal D, Solved! Forensic Police Files (Police scientifique) sheds light on solving crimes committed in Quebec. Guillaume Wagner presents his first one-man show, while the entertainment division welcomes comedian Cathy Gauthier into its fold.
Malenfant sets new ratings records for an original television series on Séries+, receiving 8 nominations at the Prix Gémeaux. ARTV is interested in comedy with the documentary series Les 5 prochains. Radio-Canada pays tribute to mythical comedic trio with C’est Noël avec Paul et Paul. Pierre Hébert performs his first one-man show on the road.
Jean-François Mercier hosts the daily variety show Un gars le soir on V. The public awards La Petite Vie the Prix Gémeaux for best television series of the last 25 years. The show Martin Petit et le micro de feu is a huge hit on the road.
The Paré family relives moments from the La Petite Vie special, Noël Story and the documentary 15 ans de La Petite Vie highlights the incredible success of this cult comedy. Avanti presents the Spectacle de la Fête nationale dans la Capitale and produces its first webcast, La joute junior. The stage division recruits comedians Pierre Hébert and Stéphane Fallu.
On the strength of its success, the television series Casino is back on Radio-Canada. Avanti is behind the design and production of the show Rencontres as part of Quebec’s 400th anniversary. The sitcom Roxy makes its debut on the air. La joute, a concept from Croatia hosted by Stéphan Bureau, reinvents Friday nights on Télé-Québec.
The series Les étoiles filantes airs on Radio-Canada TV. Avanti Ciné Vidéo puts its money on the new generation of creative talent with screenplays written by François Archambault and directed by Ricardo Trogi. A DVD of the highlights of the Quebecois version of Un gars, une fille is released in France. On Canal Vie, the magazine Maître chez soi helps dogs and their masters live together harmoniously.
Casino goes on the air at Radio-Canada TV, racking up impressive ratings in excess of a million television viewers.
Luc Wiseman creates an entertainment division and starts producing Dominic et Martin, Jean-François Mercier.
SMASH, Daniel Lemire’s first television series, is broadcast on Radio-Canada TV. In collaboration with Guy A. Lepage and Radio-Canada. Avanti changes the face of Sunday evenings in Quebec forever with the program Tout le monde en parle.
Avanti launches Quebec’s most ambitious DVD project to date, producing a 15-DVD compilation of all 130 episodes of Un gars, une fille. This is the start of a new adventure that allows the team to gain expertise in the field of distribution.
The dramatic comedy 3 x rien hits the airwaves, revolutionizing production of comedy programs with a bold, enhanced visual style. Avanti enters the specialty-channel arena with C’est ma vie and the documentary series Le Monde est sexe on Canal Vie.
Luc Wiseman becomes the sole shareholder in Avanti Ciné Vidéo. Willie, his first series as sole producer, is aired on TVA and is a resounding success.
France buys the format Love Bugs (Un gars, une fille), which is to become the most widely sold dramatic format in the world.
The series Cher Olivier rakes in nine Gémeaux awards and two Can Pro awards.
The series Love Bugs (Un gars, une fille) is aired for the first time. The trials and tribulations of Guy and Sylvie will unfold over 130 episodes.
A new generation of writers and actors makes its appearance in Majeurs & Vaccinés. This is the birth of the character of Catherine, played by Sylvie Moreau in the eponymous comedy show.
Avanti revives the classic sitcom Moi et l’autre with Dominique Michel and Denise Filiatrault.
October 16. La Petite Vie hits the airwaves. A real television phenomenon, the show becomes Quebec’s number-one viewer ratings success of all time. Hot Pepper (Piment Fort) revolutionizes early-evening television viewing. This show will reach an average of 800,000 television viewers daily for eight years.
With the production of Roch Voisine, L’idole, honoured by both ADISQ and the Prix Gémeaux, development of Avanti’s recognition for expertise in variety show programming begins. Since then, over 150 hours of programming in this niche have been produced.
A few months after its founding, Luc Wiseman joins the company. Besides seeing to development and production of the first episodes of the dramatic series Montréal ville ouverte, he focuses on the development of the youth and magazine sectors. Fib Finders (Les Détecteurs de mensonges) brings him his first Prix Gémeaux, promising a bright future for this original concept. In total, more than 1,100 episodes of this game show have been produced.
Spring. Jean Bissonnette and Jean-Claude L’Espérance found Les Productions Avanti Ciné Vidéo.