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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.