'Cobra 11,' 'Power Rangers' find buyers
Programming sales continue unabated on the second day of the Mip TV programming mart in Cannes.The Power Rangers are back and set to travel the globe. Los Angeles-based MarVista Entertainment and Nickelodeon inked a multiterritory deal for the all-new “Power Rangers Samurai.” Nickelodeon will air the tyke actioner in key European territories, including Germany, the Benelux, the U.K. and Ireland, throughout Latin America, and in Australia and New Zealand. Nickelodeon will begin airing “Power Rangers Samurai” in May. The show debuted in February in the U.S., where it became a primetime hit for the kid channel, ranking No. 1 with boys 2-11. Additional deals unveiled Tuesday include the following: • German distrib Telepool announced a slew of sales for its action-adventure and drama lineup: Autobahn cop show “Alarm for Cobra 11” sold to U.S. Spanish-speaking broadcaster V-Me and Italy’s RAI Cinema; romantic medical drama “Doctor’s Diary” went to Brazil’s Globosat and RTL in Croatia; and “The Weissensee Saga,” a love story set in communist East Berlin, sold to Danish pubcaster DR. Telepool also sold mystical actioners “Spear of Destiny” to RAI Cinema and “The Charlemagne Code” to Thailand’s SSNI and Canada’s French-speaking Historia. • Denmark’s NTC nabbed sci-fi feature “The Door” while Poland’s TV Puls picked up the third, fourth and fifth installments of the “Wild Soccer Bunch” kids’ film franchise. • Zurich-based boutique distrib First Hand Films finalized an agreement with the BBC for the new series “America in Primetime.” As part of the agreement, First Hand Films will work closely with the BBC to produce the international version of the four-part docu series, which is in production in the U.S. The series is scheduled to air on BBC2 in 2012. “America in Primetime” offers a look at the influence U.S. scripted programming has had on society, both in the U.S. and globally, over the past 60 years. • Denmark’s TV2 Networks has picked up new entertainment format “Celebrity Stand-Up” from Denmark’s Respirator, a subsidiary of France’s Banijay Group. The format recruits reluctant celebrities who are willing to write and perform a standup show within five days, and compete with others in a four-way comedy duel. Banijay Intl. is hawking the format internationally. • Gallic sales house AB Intl. Distribution has inked several sales on Stephane Clavier’s comicbook-based adventure skein “The Sparrowhawk.” The Aurelien Wiik starrer was acquired by Russia’s Red Media and Kultura, Hungary’s MTV and Czech Republic’s Barrandov. Valerie Vleeschhouwer, managing director of AB Intl. Distribution, said the company was in talks with buyers from Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. • Meanwhile, Canal Plus crime drama “Mafiosa” was picked up by Russia’s First HD TV, Brazil’s GloboSat and Lithuania’s LTV. AB recently acquired season three of “Mafiosa.” A fourth season is being written.