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MIPCOM BRIEFS DAY 4: FOX’s 20th TV Picks Up Turkish Scripted Format ‘The End’

Hit Turkish TV drama “The End” has been sold by Sander Moses Productions to Fox with 20th TV set to produce a U.S. version and Peter Horton (“Gray’s Anatomy”) lined up to direct.

Horton will also executive-produce the U.S. adaptation of “The End,” being touted as the first American adaptation of a Turkish format. The show is centered around a wife mourning her husband whom she at first believes has died in a plane crash, and subsequently finds out he never boarded the plane. She then has to find her way through a web of lies and intrigue to ultimately find him.

Michael Cooney (“Identity”) is scripting.

The End” is represented worldwide by Eccho Rights which recently sold the format to Russia and has licensed the Turkish version to 40 countries including Sweden.

European On-Demand Service Viewster Makes Play for More U.S. Traffic with FUNimation Fare Purchase

Zurich-based European video-on-demand service Viewster has inked a volume deal with U.S. anime distributor FUNimation comprising U.S. and U.K. rights to 18 titles and over 130 hours of product.

The deal includes FUNimation faves “Girl Bravo” and “Deadman Wonderland.”

Viewster, which is available in 120 territories with an on-demand offer of TV series and movies either free with advertising or for a fee, has significantly ramped up its content acquisitions recently, including its recent pick up of hot Aussie comedy series “Wilfred,” albeit in selected non-U.S. territories.

The video-on-demand portal now has over 5,000 titles and is consistently among the top 50 US destinations for online video, according to ComScore.


ZDF Gets ‘Team’ Off To Good Start. Does Brisk Biz on ‘Bridge’ and Other Titles

ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF, is boasting a strong MIPCOM with substantial sales on it current top thriller, Scandinavia-set “The Bridge,” a production deal on upcoming pan-European crimer “The Team,” and the renewal of its wide-ranging co-prod deal with A&E Television Networks.

“The Team,” which follows teams of cross-border police officers known as Joint Investigation Teams who solve crimes across Europe, will be produced with Belgum’s Lumiere. Shooting is now set to start this month in Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with ZDF selling worldwide.

“The Bridge” was sold to a slew of territories including SBS and SBS Video for Australia, Globosat for Brazil, AXN for Italy and to pubcaster Czech TV.

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