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‘Fitz’ hits with int’l sales

LONDON — “Fitz,” the American version of hit U.K. cop show “Cracker,” is emerging as one of the big successes of this year’s L.A. Screenings.

The series, produced for ABC by Britain’s Granada in association with Kushner-Locke, has chalked up sales to 70 territories following its international premiere in Hollywood.

“We have never had a program which has moved this quickly before,” said Nadine Nohr, managing director of BRITE, the London-based distributor.

Countries in which deals for “Fitz” have been sealed include Italy (where it was bought by Berlusconi’s Mediaset), Brazil, Egypt, New Zealand, Iraq, Holland, Jordan, Mexico and Finland. Australia’s C7 and Sweden’s TV4 will also screen the series.

So far no British broadcaster has licensed the show, although British Sky Broadcasting is likely to buy non-terrestrial U.K. rights.

Nohr declined to comment on how much coin is flowing into Granada’s coffers as a result of the deals. However, the money should at least help reduce or wipe out some of the company’s reported deficit of several hundred thousand dollars on the project. ABC is believed to be investing $1 million in the program.

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