TV biz bustling in Cannes

Telepool, Shine ink international deals

Business continued at a brisk pace on day two of the Mipcom TV programming market Tuesday in Cannes.

Germany’s Telepool scored a slew of sales for its top titles, including “The Hunt for the Amber Room,” the latest installment in its popular adventure TV movie series that includes “The Charlemagne Code” and “The Spear of Destiny.”

“Amber Room,” a Dreamtool production, sold to RAI Cinema for Italy and Telecinco for Spain while “Code” and “Spear” went to Canadian channel Historia.

Telepool also sold hit RTL action series “Alarm for Cobra 11” to China’s CCTV, and new Indian channel Big RTL Thrill.

• Shine TV’s “The Magicians” sold to Weit Media in Russia and Spintrex in Ukraine. The format became the highest-rated show in Sweden when it bowed on SVT1 on Saturday, attracting 1.2 million viewers (a 35 share). The BBC has also commissioned a second season of “The Magicians,” which will air live when it returns in January. The show has already been acquired in 50 territories.

• Disney acquired new preschool series “Mouk” in a multi-territory deal with European producer-distrib Millimages. “Mouk,” about two pals who explore the world on their bicycles, will air on Disney Junior channels in the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

• Zodiak Rights, the overseas division of Zodiak Media Group, signed an international distrib and production deal with Guinness World Records TV. In addition to distributing GWR TV’s catalog, including Guinness World Record shows from the U.S., U.K., Italy, China and Australia, Zodiak Rights will work with Zodiak Media Group’s 45 local production companies and GWR TV to develop programs and formats with the GWR content and brand.

• Ovation, the U.S. multi-platform network dedicated to arts and culture, closed its first licensing deal with the U.K’s Sky Arts. London-based distrib DRG is repping Ovation’s library and has licensed four of its specials and a six-part series to the dedicated channel. Shows include “Jeff Koons: Beyond Heaven,” “Everything Is Art,” “Close-Up: Photographers at Work,” “Close-Up: Portraits” and “Art and the City.”n Scandinavian broadcaster Viasat has acquired hit Israeli format “24/7 Love Lab,” from Tel Aviv-based Armoza Formats. The show, which will air on Viasat channels in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, sees one bachelor, his entourage of three friends, and 14 single girls living together in a mansion to find love, or the next best thing.

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