Franco-German net acquires crime comedy
PARIS — Franco-German net Arte has acquired BBC crime comedy “Suburban Shoutout” at Mip TV, which wraps today.“This series is a mix between ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ” said Arte’s acquisition topper Nicolas Deschamps. Deal encompasses 14, 30-minute episodes. A commercial-free net, Arte is the European culture channel. The network’s distribution arm has also inked a series of sales on its slate of documentaries at the market. “The Marvellous History of the U.S. Dollar” sold to Yes (Israel), Al Jazeera (Middle East), NHK (Japan), Canal 22 and TV Unam (Mexico). Doc has also been nabbed by Art TV Canada, which has a distrib deal with Arte. A 52-minute historical account based mostly on archives, doc also features interviews with American businessman George Soros, former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volker and Tim Geithner, then CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and now President Barack Obama’s treasury secretary. Other MIP sales included historical doc “Iran, the Hundred Years’ War,” nabbed by Spain’s TVE, and James Brown biopic doc, “Mr. Brown,” sold to Sweden’s SVT, Canada’s Art TV and Mexico’s Unam.