First deals for new sales division

BARCELONA — Vertice Sales, the newly launched international distribution arm of Spanish production-distribution holding Vertice 360, has sold Japanese rights to “Water Life” to Discovery Japan.

Korean rights have been licensed to Hong Kong-based Cheers Media.

Produced by Vertice 360 docu production house Cin.TV, “Water Life” is a pioneering Spanish HD series. The 26-seg nature docu turns on the earth’s water ecosystems. It was shot in the U.S., Spain, Argentina, Costa Rica, Morocco and Indonesia.

Also on the Vertice Sales slate are “Amor De Dios,” directed by vet Spanish auteur Carlos Saura and “With or Without Love,” helmed by David Serrano (“Dias de Cine”)

“Amor” is a musical drama with romantic touches set around rehearsals for a Brazilian song-and-dance stageshow. “Love” is also a musical with comedic overtones. Both are in pre-production.

Launched October 2006 and listing late 2007, Vertice 360 is run by CEO Jose Maria Irisarri. Conglom’s companies are Videoreport, Apuntolapospo, Telespan, Notro TV, and Cin.TV.

Vertice Sales will handle both movies and TV product, sourced from Vertice and via third-party pickups worldwide.

Gonzalo Sagardia, Cin.TV’s head of international sales, has been tapped as Vertice Sales manager.

“Buyers have bought a lot of library titles over the last two years,” Sagardia told Variety. “They now realize they need new product. A new label can attract attention,” he added.

Structured in four business areas, Vertice Sales’ catalog includes in the fiction strand movies such as Felix Viscarret’s “Under the Stars,” and Juan Taratuto’s “It’s Not You, It’s Me.”

Both offered as formats, Vertice is selling late-night sketch show “The Ant Hill,” and war of the sexes sitcom “Matter of Sex,” both aired by Spanish broadcast network Cuatro.

Also on offer are Manga toon “Mission in Mocland. A Superspace Adventure.”

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