Deals for dramas dominate sales
Deals for mainstream dramas dominated the sales activity at the Discop East TV market in the Hungarian capital on Thursday, day two of the mart.All3Media Intl. licensed U.K.-produced thrillers “Midsomer Murders” and “He Kills Coppers” to pubcaster HRT Croatia. Bulgaria’s Proxima purchased “Coppers” and “Cape Wrath,” produced by the U.K.’s Ecosse Films. HRT also bought “The Palace,” a fictional account of the U.K.’s Royal Family, and “Wild at Heart Series 3,” produced by Company Pictures. HRT added 302 hours of drama and documentary/current affairs programming from BBC Worldwide. According to the BBC, the sale is its biggest deal to date with the content-hungry HRT, and includes “Mistresses,” “Cranford” and “Dinosapien.” HRT purchased 51 hours of BBC Wild programming, which includes “Expedition Guyana,” “Wild China” and “Yellowstone Tales.” In other deals, U.S. distrib AETN announced the sale of documentaries to Russia’s Channel One, Kultura Channel Russia TVP Poland, STB Ukraine, Direct Sight/K1 Ukraine and Czech TV. Titles include “Biography: Barack Obama,” “Life After People,” “Crude” and “Child Warriors.” Meanwhile, Ananey Communications, which operates 19 stations in Israel, announced on Wednesday, day one of the three-day mart, that it was in negotiations with Viacom unit MTV NE to acquire UAB MTV Networks Baltic, the MTV license holder in the Baltic states, for $929,000. Ananey would own 51% of the joint venture and MTV NE would own 49%.