MIP Briefs

  • FremantleMedia has licensed daytime syndicated talkshow “Martha,” starring domestic diva Martha Stewart, to a far-flung range of countries — from Iceland (Channel 2) and Israel (Good Life) to Kenya (KTN) and South Korea (OniMedia).

The hour yakker focuses on cooking, crafting and cavorting with celebrity friends in front of a live studio audience.

  • London-based Zone Vision on Tuesday inked a five-year renewal deal with MTV Networks Europe to continue to act as its exclusive sales agent throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Deal with the Viacom-owned music satcaster was unveiled in Cannes by Zone Vision chairman Chris Wronski.

  • As well as a Disney Club deal with Dubai TV, Buena Vista Intl. TV has inked a multiyear movie video-on-demand agreement with France Telecom. Deal covers current and library titles from Touchstone Pictures and Miramax, which will be available via France Telecom’s Wanadoo broadband service or its MaLigne set-top box service.

  • Sony Pictures Television Intl. unveiled two sales packages at Mip TV: “Premium Action,” featuring movies for TV or DVD in the $10 million to $15 million budget range; and “The Story Continues” encore collection, showcasing sequels in movie franchises.

  • Distraction has sold scripted comedy spoof “Sins of Love” to France. Fremantle has begun pre-production on the show and is negotiating with several French networks.

  • BBC Worldwide is providing three BBC branded blocks to RAISAT, the satellite arm of RAI, Italy’s national public broadcaster.

The blocks — dedicated to preschool, preteen and specialist factual titles — will feature more than 100 hours of programming, including “Blackbeard,” “The Secret Show,” “The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends” and the BBC Natural History hit “Planet Earth.”

  • Spain’s BRB Intl. said it had licensed CG action-adventure series “Iron Kid” to Italy’s Mediaset.

  • The Sci Fi Channel has commissioned scripted adventure series and videogame “Ice Planet,” aiming to kick off a lucrative worldwide franchise on the tube and among gamers.

The Canada-U.K. co-production stars Michael Ironside as Capt. Jonus Trager, heading a crew of scientists and soldiers on the maiden voyage of the spaceship Magellan after an alien attack on Earth.

Created by SpaceWorks Entertainment of Canada, the series has a budget of $29 million and is to be lensed in the U.K. and in Canada.

Sci Fi has tapped former Sky One head of drama Sara Johnson as executive producer on the show.

The 22 x 45-minute episode series is skedded for delivery in October.

Worldwide distribution rights are held by Chum Intl.


(Alison James, Ed Meza, John Hopewell, Elizabeth Guider, Liza Klaussmann and Tamsen Tillson contributed to this report.)

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