Former “Miami Vice” exec producer Michael Mann has inked a co-production agreement with Paris-based Quinta Prods, to help finance his upcoming primetime miniseries for NBC, “The Medellin Cartel.”
The arrangement is another example of the new readiness with which Euro tv entities – this one half-owned by Silvio Berlusconi – are looking to back Hollywood projects with significant playoff potential in the international market.
Mann’s last project, “The Drug Wars: The Camarena Story,” recently took top honors at the Umbriafiction international tv festival in Italy and has played well on a number of broadcasters in Europe.
“Medellin” will be directed by Brian Gibson and most likely will air in the States during the November sweeps.
Quinta, which is run by Tunisian-born, American-educated film producer Tarak Ben Ammar, is targeting U.S.-made telepix and minis as the principal properties with which to get involved.
“We want to set up regular relationships with the creative talent in Hollywood and get involved in tv projects which are going to travel well around the world,” Ben Ammar told VARIETY last week at MIP-TV in Cannes.
He added that Quinta also is negotiating with writer-producer Glen Larson (“Magnum, P.I.” and “Brewster McCloud”) to get involved in his upcoming network projects.