'Mrs. Miracle' goes to France
German distribs have continued to close a slew of deals since the end of the Mipcom programming mart in Cannes last week.Beta Film scored major sales for its historical miniseries “Sisi,” about the life of the 19th century Austrian Empress Elisabeth. The movie has been sold to Spain’s Telecinco, France’s TF1 and broadcasters in Canada, Finland, Belgium and Denmark. TF1 acquired the new production, which stars Italy’s Cristiana Capotondi and German actress Martina Gedeck (“The Baader Meinhof Complex”), and rights to the original “Sissi” trilogy, which is spelled slightly differently, with Romy Schneider from the 1950s. Beta also sold Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie “Mrs. Miracle” to a broadcaster in France; tyke film “The Three Investigators in the Secret of Terror Castle” in Ireland and Greece; Australian action series “Sea Patrol” in 15 countries; and a 300-hour package of TV movies for free VOD to China. Also reporting a number of sales was Telepool, which unloaded daily soap “Alles was zaehlt” (Everything That Matters) on French-Canadian web Serie Club and “Turkish for Beginners” on Spain’s TVC Catalunia and Duna TV in Hungary. Telepool continued to find buyers for “The Heart of Jenin,” a documentary about a Palestinian boy whose death gave life to three children in Israel, which has sold to EBC/WNET NY for “Wide Angle,” VPRO in the Netherlands, Belgium’s VRT, Globosat in Brazil and Croatia’s HRT. VRT and Spanish broadcasters Teuve Pay and Forta also picked up Angela Graas’ Greenpeace documentary “Fight for Survival: Protecting the Whales.” Bavaria Media, meanwhile, said the Swedish crime series “Johan Falk,” which airs in Germany on pubcaster ZDF, was the top TV highlight.