Mip biz still percolates

The mood of buoyancy with which the 30th Mip-TV program market opened last Friday continued through the weekend, with distributors reporting an upbeat sales tempo and producers announcing new partnerships.

The BBC and British Pathe News have combined their newsreel libraries to develop and distribute archive-based programming for the world’s TV markets.

The first project will be titled “A Day That Shook The World,” a strand of 65 three-minute spots presenting key events of the 20th century.

The British pubcaster also unveiled a new three-part detective drama “Grushko ,” co-produced with Gorman venture Europool, to be shot in St. Petersburg.

Central TV Enterprises has picked up worldwide distribution rights to a Contral Prods. project “The Big Race,” which will film two celebrity teams racing between London and New York, overland across Russia and Canada. This ambitious project comprises daily news bulletins from independent Television News, and a nine-episode documentary series.

Asia’s first business channel, titled Asia Business News, was unveiled at Mip-TV for launch later this year. The venture, broadcast by satellite, will be managed by TV New Zealand, and is also backed by TeleCommunications Inc., Singapore Intl. Media, and Hong Kong’s Business News Network.

Turner Network Television picked up U.S. TV rights to Worldvision’s six-part documentary series “Momentous Events: Russia in the 90s.” The project brings together six film directors, including Ken Russell, Peter Bogdanovich and Werner Herzog.

U.S. distrib New World Entertainment has signed producer Paul A. Kaufman to a first-look housekeeping deal, to develop series and telepix for the international market.

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