Cabler signs 'The Slap,' 'Wheels,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Shannen'
CANNES — AMC/Sundance Channel Global has acquired rights to “The Slap,” “Hell on Wheels,” “Breaking Bad” and “Shannen Says.”Deals were unveiled at Mipcom, which kicked off on Monday in Cannes. “The Slap,” an Australian series commissioned by BBC Australia and based on Christos Tsiolkas’ bestseller, will debut on Sundance Channel in Eastern Europe, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Asia. Sold by DCD Rights, “The Slap” does not yet have a U.S. broadcaster. “The Slap” turns on an incident involving a toddler who is slapped by an unrelated adult at a barbecue, triggering events observed and told through different perspectives. It toplines Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”), Jonathan LaPaglia (“Cold Case”), Melissa George (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Essie Davis (“Girl With a Pearl Earring”), Alex Dimitriades (“Underbelly”) and Anthony Hayes (“Animal Kingdom”), among others. Skein was produced by Matchbox Pictures and co-produced by Screen Australia, Film Victoria and DCD Rights. Series is exec produced by Penny Chapman and penned by Emily Ballou, Alice Bell, Brendan Cowell, Kris Mrksa and Cate Shortland. “Hell on Wheels,” which debuts this fall on AMC, will roll out on Sundance Channel in Asia (via an agreement with eOne), Portugal, Eastern and Central Europe and Spain (via an agreement with Endemol). A contempo western, “Hell on Wheels” takes place in the aftermath of the American Civil War and centers on a former confederate soldier working on the first transcontinental railroad. “Wheels” was developed by Endemol USA and produced by eOne and Nomadic Pictures. Show creators Joe and Tony Gayton (“Faster”) penned and exec produced the show. Sundance Channel will air “Breaking Bad” in Asia, where it secured the premiere window rights from Sony Pictures Televisions. Deal includes rights to the first four seasons of the show. “Shannen Says,” a non-fiction series starring Shannen Doherty (“Charmed”) will air on WE tv Asia. “These shows are perfect fits for Sundance Channel Global. They strenghten our brand overseas and send a strong value message to operators and consumers,” Harold Gronenthal, senior VP and general manager of AMC/Sundance Channel Global, told Variety.