Studio gets 'Ulysses'' format rights
MADRID – Fox TV Studios has optioned North American format rights on Spanish primetime social comedy “El sindrome de Ulises” (Ulysses’ Syndrome).“Ulises” turns on a young doctor whose life changes radically when he moves to a working-class suburb to become co-ordinator of a medical center. Deal was negotiated by Fox TV Studios VP Diego Suarez and Xabi Puerta, head of FicciON TV, the TV production arm of Spanish publishing and media company Zeta Group. “We’re travelling down a road where the traffic’s normally in the opposite direction,” Puerta said. “The deal’s part of our intention to internationalize our company.” The one-year deal is extendable to a second year, and Fox is already developing scripts, he added. Broadcast by Antena 3, “Ulises” wrapped its second season in Spain on May 29, notching a so-so 14% share and 2.4 million viewers. Antena 3 reupped for a third season last Friday, Puerta said. FicciON TV also produces daily afternoon drama “El porvenir es largo” for pubcaster TVE1 and is prepping primetime thriller “Cazadores de hombres” for Antena 3.