Warners, Fireworks, CBBC among a slew of buyers
BERLIN — Brisk biz marked the second day of the Mipcom TV mart in Cannes with major media companies from around the globe announcing a slew of deals.Warner Bros. Intl. Television Distribution and TV4 Group have inked a multi-year output agreement giving the Scandinavian broadcaster free TV and cable rights to a raft of programming. The pact provides TV4 with both previously released and new upcoming series and feature films, including “Inception,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts I and II),” “The Hangover 2” and “Green Lantern.” Deal marks the first time that WBITD has signed a pan-regional deal exclusively with one broadcaster in Scandinavia. Fireworks Intl., the TV distribution division of the U.K.’s ContentFilm, closed a deal with Australia’s leading pubcaster ABC TV for the hit crime drama “Republic of Doyle” and the multi-platform thriller “Girl Number 9.” The Beeb’s tyke outlet CBBC has picked up the second season of Canadian teen comedy “Wingin’ It,” about a teen angel-in-training and his mortal pal, from Toronto-based Temple Street Prods. Distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide, “Wingin’ It” has also been picked up by Noga in Israel, NRK Super in Norway and and Top TV in South Africa. In addition, London-based Eagle Rock Entertainment has seen a slew of international sales for “Ladies and Gentlemen… The Rolling Stones.” The re-mastered HD feature-length film, first released in 1974, follows the band over four nights in Texas during the 1972 North American “Exile On Main Street” tour. Eagle closed deals with VH1 in the U.S., WHD in Japan, the U.K.’s Sky Arts, Australia’s ABC, HBO in Latin America, ZDF (Germany), SVT (Sweden) and Hi-Fidelity (Canada). Paris-based sales group Banijay International has sold “The People’s Quiz” to pan-Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC. Licensed to Lebanon-based Ideas Production, the show is currently being filmed and will air in January 2011. “The People’s Quiz” was originally produced for BBC in the U.K. and also aired on TF1 in France. The format has also been optioned in Italy, Portugal and Turkey. Spain’s Imira Entertainment has inked a deal with Canada’s Carpe Diem to co-produce the animated interactive series “Escape Hockey.” The show, about a boy, a girl and a dog who are mistakenly transported to a prison planet, will air on Spanish pubcaster TVE. Spanish brand management company Elastic Rights has signed a deal with Mexican media conglom Televisa for the exclusive management of all rights for the Argentine teen series “Incorreggibili” (Consentidos) in Italy. Mediaset has acquired the broadcasting rights for this long running series and plans to air it on Italia 1. The show, about students and teachers at a special education school, is produced by Ideas del Sur and distributed by Televisa. Abu Dhabi-based entertainment group twofour54 has signed a broadcasting deal with Al Jazeera Children’s Channel’s preschool arm, Baraem TV, to air the Arabic-language production of “Driver Dan’s Story Train.” A CGI animated/live action series to be produced in both English and Arabic, “Driver Dan’s Story Train” will be broadcast under the title “Captain Karim Qitar Al Hekayat” on Baraem TV next year. Since premiering earlier this year in the U.K. on CBeebies, “Driver Dan’s Story Train” has become a ratings hit, garnering a 40% audience share.