Greece, Ukraine to redo 'Shameless,' 'Doc Martin'
The Mip TV programming mart in Cannes got off to a rocking start on Monday with a slew of high-profile deals, including several scripted format pacts.Sony Pictures Television sold local-language versions of “Everybody Loves Raymond” to TVN in Poland and Reshet in Israel, and will jointly produce both versions. Deals follow the series’ success in Russia, where it’s known as “The Voronins.” Also selling scripted formats was London-based DRG, which has inked deals in Greece and the Ukraine for U.K. dramedy series “Shameless” (Channel 4) and “Doc Martin” (ITV1). The Ukraine’s 1+1 Television will produce “Shameless” via 1+1 Prods. in Kiev, and broadcast the series throughout the CIS region. Created by Paul Abbott, “Shameless” is Channel 4’s highest rated dramedy and is in its eighth season. Athens-based Kappa Studios will produce the local adaptation of “Doc Martin” for Greece. The show follows “a brilliant surgeon (who suffers from blood phobia), who moves from the big city to become the local doctor in a sleepy seaside village. Distributed to more than 200 territories worldwide, DRG has launched three local adaptations of the series on Germany’s ZDF, Antena 3 in Spain and TF1 in France. Additional news announced at Mip TV on Monday includes: n ITV Studios Global inked a slew of deals with broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand for more than 150 hours of content. Pay TV network Foxtel Australia acquired “Louie Spence’s Showbusiness” for its Arena channel; comedy series “White Van Man” for the Comedy Channel; Dublin-based drama “Love/Hate for W”; and factual entertainment series “Police POV” for the Crime and Investigation Network. Australia’s ABC TV nabbed “Joe Maddison’s War,” Mammoth Screen’s period drama for ITV1, while Seven Network took detective franchise “Vera,” starring Brenda Blethyn. n In a separate deal, Australia’s ABC TV bought more than 50 hours of children’s programming and comedy fare from Content Television (formerly known as Fireworks Intl.), including “Even Stevens,” starring Shia LaBeouf, and “The Assistants,” about the misadventures of four Hollywood assistants in the film industry. Other shows include weird science teen skein “Black Hole High,” “Young Dracula” and teen drama “Desperados.” n Disney Junior has picked up SLR Prods.’ preschool animated series “Guess How Much I Love You — Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare” for broadcast in the U.S. The series has already been picked up by the Disney Channel for Australia and New Zealand and also sold in Germany, Australia, Canada, Finland and Sweden. n BBC Worldwide is expanding its international preschool brand “CBeebies” with three new titles, “Baby Jake,” “Jollywobbles” and “Andy’s Wild Adventures.” The new shows will roll out in 2011 and 2012. n Zurich-based distrib First Hand Films is moving into production with the launch of Kiss the Frog Films. It will focus on transmedia projects as well as develop, produce and co-produce documentaries and other non-scripted programming. Among its upcoming titles is “Women 40’s,” which takes an in-depth look at the midlife challenge facing women around the world when they reach their forties, which First Hand will distribute worldwide. n Eagle Rock is teaming with Peter Gabriel to produce and distribute its first 3D film, “Peter Gabriel’s New Blood 3D,” which features the singer’s live performance at London’s Hammersmith Apollo filmed in March. Eagle Rock will distribute the title across 3DTV, theatrical, digital, DVD and Blu-ray platforms in all territories.