German, Italian, Spanish buyers line up
RHI Entertainment has inked a string of deals on its Crusades miniseries “The Last Templar.”Germany’s ProSiebenSat1, France’s M6, Spain’s Antena 3, Australia’s Channel 7 and Mediaset in Italy have all acquired the four-hour adaptation of Raymond Khoury’s bestselling novel about a Manhattan archaeologist attempting to uncover the lost secrets of the medieval Knights Templar. Mira Sorvino plays the archaeologist. Scott Foley, Victor Garber and Omar Sharif round out the cast. RHI Entertainment, which specializes in made-for-TV films and miniseries, is producing “The Last Templar” for NBC. Paolo Barzman is helming the production, which started lensing April 5. “It’s good to be in business again with the networks,” said RHI prexy of production and distribution Joel Denton. “It’s often a bigger, broader, slightly more commercial demographic for international when you work with the likes of NBC, CBS and ABC, so these shows tend to do a little better.” RHI exec also secured a number of key sales for their live-action series “Flash Gordon.” TeleMunchen in Germany; the Sci Fi Channel in Italy, France, Spain and Benelux; TV6 in Sweden; M-Net in South Africa; Creative Programs in the Philippines; and Genex Entertainment in India all acquired broadcast rights to the skein, which is part of RHI’s strategy to increase its production of multi-episode skeins. Contender in the U.K. and Horizon One in Australia and New Zealand acquired DVD rights. The skein preemed on the Sci Fi Channel in the U.S. in August and the Sci Fi Channel in the U.K. in March, giving the satcaster its highest ratings since July’s season finale of “Heroes” in July last year.
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