'Vikings' Sails Canal Plus and More

Eisner partners with Nelvana on action series

CANNES — Canal Plus has nabbed Michael Hirst’s series “Vikings.” Deal was unveiled on Monday at MipTV. Skein, helmed by Johan Renck, Ciaran Donnelly and Ken Girotti, averaged 5 million viewers on History Channel in the U.S. and was just reupped for a second season. It will air on Canal Plus in June. Canal Plus also acquired first-run pay-TV rights to Pennsylvania-set action drama “Banshee,” which bowed in January on Cinemax and has been renewed for a second season. It will air on the French paybox in 2014.

Viki Inks Digital Deals

Viki, an ad-sponsored streaming platform boasting TV shows and movies with crowd-sourced subtitles in 156 languages, has inked a digital distribution deal with Japan’s  TV Asahi. Kicking off this week, deal will allow Viki to stream TV Asahi’s content to viewers in Southeast Asia, Latin America, North America and Oceania. Co-founded by Razmig Hovaghimian in 2010, Viki has distribution deals with NBC, BBC, A+E, TVB in Hong Kong, SBS in South Korea, Fuji TV in Japan and Amedia in Russia. The website gets an average 24 million viewers a month. Viki has syndicated shows to Hulu and Amazon in the U.S.  Recent Hulu pickups include Indonesian movie “Bride’s Waterfall.” Next up, Viki is looking to acquire content from Scandinavia, which Hovaghimian says is “a production hub for compelling crime drama series.”

Entertainment One Family Renews Trio of Shows

Entertainment One Family has inked for second seasons of series  “Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom” and “Rob the Robot, Humf” and for more of the toon feature “Lost and Found.” The second season of “Kingdom” was picked up by CLAN (Spain), RAI (Italy) and by RTE channel in Ireland. RTE Ireland also pacted for “Humf” and  “Lost and Found.” Entertainment One also closed a deal with ABC Australia on the second season of  “Rob the Robot.”

Arte Signs On as Co-Producer of ‘Alatriste’

Franco-German net Arte has come on board as a co-producer of”Alatriste,” which is lead-produced by DLO and Jan Mojto’s Beta Film. It will air on Telecinco and Arte. Show, based on Arturo Perez-Reverte’s novel, centers on the adventures of a war veteran in the early 17th century.It will lense in Spain this summer and will include Spanish, French and British characters. In other Beta Film news, the shingle has sold the format of the Spanish series “Grand Hotel”  to Italy’s Cattleya and is in negotiations with SBS in Australia. Meanwhile the series has been acquired by Hulu in the U.S. The mystery drama, described by some critics as a Spanish “Downton Abbey,” is now in its third season in Spain, where it airs on Antenna 3.

Eisner Partners With Nelvana on Action Series

Michael Eisner’s the Topps Company has partnered up with Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enteprises to develop “Mysticons,” a boy-skewed action series. The show will be penned by  Sean Jara, whose credits include “RedaKai.” “Mysticons” centers on four kids who transform into warriors after discovering a mystical tome. “Nelvana has a strong history of success in building and launching hit boys action properties and the partnership with Topps sets the stage for Mysticons to be the next big global boys action franchise, ” said Eisner.

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