Programs yet to premiere on network
On the eve of the Mip TV market in Cannes, MGM has picked up international rights on MTV series “Kaya” and “Living Lahaina.”The programs, which have yet to premiere on the cabler, will be available to foreign buyers at the sales bazaar, which runs April 16-21. “Kaya” is MTV’s first scripted show in five years, while docusoap “Living Lahaina” follows surf instructors on Maui. Deal was unveiled Wednesday by Jim Packer, the Lion’s president of worldwide distribution and Liz Skoler, senior VP for co-productions at MTV Networks. Half-hour drama series “Kaya” stars Danielle Savre (“Heroes”) in the story of a musically gifted young woman who, along with her band, becomes an overnight sensation. “MTV has a strong, recognizable worldwide brand,” Packer said. “With the tremendous marketing support that the network puts behind new series launches, our international sales team should have a great reception for these two shows.” The company also will bring to Cannes three series that have been renewed for additional seasons on their respective networks domestically: Showtime drama “The L Word,” NBC’s “Las Vegas” and Sci Fi’s “Stargate: Atlantis.” MGM also recently greenlit “Stargate: The Ark of Truth” and “Stargate: Continuum,” which began filming this month. As for movies, MGM TV will launch foreign sales on two features: the comedy “Two Weeks,” with Sally Field and Ben Chaplin, and biopic “The Flying Scotsman,” with Jonny Lee Miller and Laura Fraser.