ZDF, ITV, Content, FremantleMedia reveal deals

Market activity maintained its pace Wednesday at Mipcom as international scripted series and formats continued to sell to buyers from around the globe.

n ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF, inked a slate of deals with a number of major broadcasters and media providers. The company reported “sensational sales” for Scandinavian crime series “The Killing,” with either one or two seasons going to SBS Australia, DirecTV for Latin America, AXN (Spain), Channel 1 (Russia), KLB (France), Ale Kino/Canal Plus (Poland), Mega Channel (Greece, Cyprus) and Lumiere (Benelux). The first two series had previously been bought by the BBC.

As previously announced, the BBC also nabbed Danish-Swedish thriller “The Bridge” and Sweden’s “Sebastian Bergmann.”

ZDF Enterprises also attracted buyers with its children’s and youth programming. Jonathan M. Shiff’s Australian mermaid series “H2O: Just Add Water” made a splash with Disney Portugal, Spain’s Antena 3, Nickelodeon France and HRT Croatia.

Israel’s Noga bought another Shiff hit, “Elephant Princess,” along with fellow Australian teen skein “Dance Academy,” which also went to Skjarinn (Iceland) and Direct Sight (Ukraine).

Italy’s RAI splurged on scripted drama, acquiring “Stuttgart Homicide” and telenovela “Ways to Happiness” as well as five romantic TV movies. HRT Croatia took daily soap “Alisa,” while Austria’s ORF and Switzerland’s SF snapped up free TV rights to Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy.

ZDF Enterprise’s animated programs also found plenty of buyers. “Jungle Book” sold to Televisa in Mexico; Ukraine’s Direct Sight and Turner Germany. “Tempo Express” went to TVE in Spain while “Sherlock Yack” was nabbed by YLE for Finland and Noga for Israel.

n The U.K.’s ITV Studios Global Entertainment saw a slew of format sales on “Come Dine With Me,” which has gone to Nelonen Media (Finland), BTV (Lithuania), TV3 (Latvia) and IBA Channel 1 (Israel). “Come Dine With Me,” in which amateur chefs compete against each other by hosting a dinner party for the other contestants, is now produced in 34 countries.

Antenna TV in Greece has commissioned “Dancing on Ice,” making it the 14th territory to adapt the format. Romania’s Pro TV became the latest broadcaster to acquire rival brides format “Four Weddings.”

n Content Television, a division of Content Media Corp., saw a number of sales for its nature programming. Natural history series “Wild Wales” went to NHK in Japan and High Fidelity HDTV in Canada. The latter also acquired rights to “The Secret Life of Birds.” Both series are produced by Aden Prods.

Viasat likewise took “Wales” and “Birds” as well as “Anna’s Wild Life,” which follows Anna Ryder Richardson and her husband, Colin, as they run the Manor House Wildlife Park. Viasat will air the shows throughout Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. “Anna’s Wild Life” also went to Discovery in the U.K., where it will air on Animal Planet. “The Secret Life of Birds” additionally went to Chello Multicanal’s Natura channel in Spain. Home entertainment rights to “Wild Wales” and “The Secret Life of Birds” sold to the U.K.’s Go Entertainment and Time Life for Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

nAs part of a five-year deal between FremantleMedia Enterprises and Fox Intl. Channels, Jamie Oliver titles will now air on Dutch channel 24Kitchen, a joint venture between Fox Channels Benelux and Jan Dekker Holding. Oliver’s shows include the new “Jamie’s Great Britain.” Fox Intl. Channels also acquired other Fremantle shows for 24Kitchen, among them Anthony Bourdain, Annabel Langbein, Donna Hay and Bill Grainger titles.

nThe U.K.’s Horror Channel secured eight “video nasties” after closing deals with Nucleus Films, Sony Columbia, Arrow Films and MPI Media.

The collection includes the U.K. premiere of “The Exterminator” and “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” All the pics were either banned in the U.K. or released with heavy censorship and became known as “video nasties.” Horror Channel will broadcast all the films uncut as part of a showcase entitled the Season of the Banned. The pics include “The Evil Dead,” “The Beyond,” “Island of Death,” “City of the Dead” and “Tenebrae,” as well as Jake West’s documentary “Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape.” U.S. health network Veria Living sold some 250 hours of wellness lifestyle programming to Canada’s Zoomermedia for its One: Body Mind Spirit Love channel. Veria also inked programming deals with Fine Living Network for more than 180 hours of content, including shows like aromatherapy series “Everyday Nose” and healthy eating program “Fed Up.” Additionally, it inked deals with South African network Saffron TV for “Feng Shui Living” and organic farming show “Under the Sun.”

In production news, Singapore animation company Scrawl Studios signed a co-production deal with France’s Cyber Group Studios for its CG-animated series “Zou.” The preschool series has pre-sold in 50 countries worldwide, including France 5, TeleQuebec and Disney for EMEA. The series is set to premiere in Europe on Disney next year. An adaptation of Michael Gay children’s book series, the show follows zebra Zou as he goes about earning his stripes.

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