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The agency

PREMIÈRES LIGNES is a French independent television news agency, producing investigative documentaries for the major French networks and for international distribution.

Directed by award winning investigative reporters Paul Moreira and Luc Hermann, Premieres Lignes makes provocative, thoughtful programmes that challenge viewers to reconsider what they know, lifting the veil of secrecy on events and issues that often live in shadows, and deciphering the double speak of political and corporate spin. The Premieres Lignes editorial team includes senior reporters and directors, and experienced cameramen and video editors.

In March 2010, “Afghanistan: On The Dollar Trail”, produced by Paul Moreira for Canal+, received the best investigative documentary award at the FIGRA international film festival and was broadcasted on numerous networks in Europe, USA, Australia and Japan, plus a UK premiere at the Center for Investigative Journalism investigative film week.

Premières Lignes partner broadcasters include: Canal+ (France), France Télévisions (France 2, France 5, France 4), Arte (France / Germany), RTBF (Belgium), TSR (Switzerland), RTL (Germany), Télé Québec (Canada), ABC (Australia)...

Paul Moreira

French investigative reporter, Paul Moreira founded in 2006 Premières Lignes, a French independent television news agency, producing investigative documentaries for the major French networks and international distribution. His investigative documentary “Iraq, a nation’s agony”, produced in 2006 received numerous prestigious awards including best documentary at Monte Carlo’s International Television Festival. In 2009, he produced and directed for Canal+ “Afghanistan: On The Dollar Trail”, the documentary received best investigative award at the FIGRA international film festival and was broadcasted on numerous networks in Europe, USA, Australia and Japan, and a UK premiere at the CIJ investigative film week in 2010.

Paul Moreira created and co-anchored with Luc Hermann the investigative programme 90 Minutes on French network Canal+. The monthly investigative programme focused on international controversies, wars and conflicts, multinational corporations, health stories, as well as covering political stories in France. Paul Moreira has worked for CAPA television news agency.

In 2004, with Luc Hermann, he launched a freedom of information act (FOIA) campaign to lobby French politicians. The Campagne Liberté d’Informer has organised numerous debates at universities and at the French Assemblée Nationale, and received the support of hundreds of French journalists, elected officials, lawyers. To date, more than 6,000 signatures have been submitted to the campaign’s website, www.liberte-dinformer.org.

Luc Hermann

French investigative journalist, Luc Hermann is co-director and executive producer of Premières Lignes, a French independent television news agency, producing investigative documentaries for the major French networks and international distribution. He is currently producing series of investigative documentaries for numerous networks, including France 2’s prime time current affairs programme “Envoyé Spécial”, Canal+ “Spécial Investigation”, France 5 and Arte.

Luc Hermann also anchors a weekly radio programme on Spin Doctors on France Inter, French national public radio, during the morning show, France’s most listened programme. He regularly teaches investigative courses at l’ESJ, l’Ecole Superieure du Journalisme, and is advisor at CIJ London, the Center for Investigative Journalism, he also teaches at the CIJ summer school at London City University.

Until 2006, Luc Hermann was executive producer and co-anchor with Paul Moreira of the investigative programme 90 Minutes on French network Canal+. The award-winning monthly programme focused on international controversies, wars and conflicts, multinational corporations, health stories, as well as covering political stories in France. Luc Hermann has produced numerous stories on the pharmaceutical industry, including the controversy surrounding the availability of generic anti-HIV/Aids drugs in developing countries and the dangers of antidepressants. He has covered and investigated the war in Kosovo and Iraq and specializes in investigative documentaries on spin doctors working for politicians or major corporations.

Prior to Premières Lignes, Luc Hermann has been an international reporter and editor in chief with Canal+ for 18 years, before which he was associate producer at CNN International in Atlanta for two years.