Greeks shop for features, sitcoms

Alter Channel looking for gameshows, kid's programs, docus

ATHENS — Both Mega Channel and Antenna will be in Cannes to snap up features films, hour dramas and a few sitcoms.

Mega’s acquisitions manager Nasos Katakouzinos, with output deals with Columbia and Disney and an annual foreign program budget of $13 million, will be focusing on feature films.

Among hour dramas that have gone down well with the Greek public are “Dawson’s Creek” and “Just Shoot Me.”

Foreign — mainly U.S. — programming makes up less than 50% of major commercial networks’ output.

On its way to Cannes, Alter Channel, a new broadcaster, is eyeing gameshow formats, children’s programs and docs; it’s the country’s only private channel with a documentary slot.

State broadcaster ET, with a considerably lower programming budget, will be picking up Euro movies and documentaries.

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