Russian TV auds will be getting a local version of hit brit sitcom “My Family” in a deal marking the first scripted format sale for independent distributor DLT Raydar.
Leading Russian broadcaster CTC Channel has commissioned a localised pilot of the sitcom, which was one of the longest-running sitcom successes on the Beeb until the show was axed in March 2011 after 121 episodes. Russian production company Art Pictures Vision is on board to adapt the show. Original producers DLT Entertainment will consult on the project.
The original series focuses on the life of Ben Harper, a moderately successful family man and dentist. He is undergoing a mid-life crisis while trying to cope with raising his three, very different, teenage kids.
Vyacheslav Murugov, Chief Content Officer CTC, said that “My Family “conceptually suits the audience of CTC.”
DLT Raydar Rights is a joint venture between producers DLT Entertainment and Raydar Media. BBC Worldwide and DLT Raydar jointly handle finished program sales.
“My Family” has a longstanding loyal global fan base with finished program deals already inked in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Dubai, Eire, Estonia, Finland, France, Holland, Iceland, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal and the U.S.
TELE MUNCHEN GRUPPE TAKES “OLYMPUS” FOR GERMANY
Germany’s Tele Munchen Gruppe has acquired all rights for Germany to “Olympus” the mythology drama series produced by Robert Halmi Sr.
The deal between TMG and London-based Great Point Media covers 13 episodes (plus any additional episodes) of the series which revolves around a young man who emerges as leader of a group of people banished to Hades by Greek gods.
Nick Willing (“Tin Man,” “Alice,” “Neverland”) wrote and will direct the first episode. He exec produces with Halmi Sr. and Jim Reeve for Great Point Media and Matthew O’Connor and Lisa Richardson for Reunion Pictures.
SyFy will air the series in the U.S.
“Having co-produced, co-financed, and co-distributed hundreds of projects with Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr., we are excited to be a part of this exciting new project”, said TMG Managing Director, Herbert L. Kloiber in a statement.
FREMANTLE RENEWS ‘X FACTOR’ DEALS ACROSS CENTRAL EASTERN EUROPE
FremantleMedia has renewed deals for “The X Factor” across Central Eastern Europe, where the Syco Entertainment-owned format has been recommissioned for Romania, Ukraine, Albania and Kazakhstan.
In Romania the first three seasons of the talent show have grown year-on-year on broadcaster Antena 1, Fremantle boasted in a statement. The third season outperformed the channel’s average by 80% and scored audience shares of 130% higher than the broadcaster average amongst adults in the 18-49 demographic.
FremantleMedia and Antena 1 have now inked another three year deal for a further three seasons of “X Factor.”
STB (Ukraine) has also signed the show for a fifth run after the previous season became the country’s second highest rated entertainment show in 2013. TV Klan (Albania) will have their fourth “X Factor” season while Eurasia 1 (Kazakhstan) will also launch its fifth and sixth seasons.
Over 350 million viewers in 48 territories have watched “The X Factor” format across the globe since its launch in 2004.
PGS INKS ITALY AND LATIN AMERICA DEALS FOR PLAYMOBIL-INSPIRED KIDDIE SERIES
New animated series “Super 4,” inspired by Playmobil toys, has been sold by Paris-based distributor PGS Entertainment to Cartoon Network in Italy and Latin America.
“Super 4” is produced by France’s Method Animation and Germany’s Morgen Studios with France Televisions as the commissioning broadcaster.
The (52 x 11’) series, produced in CGI native 3D, features four key characters: Alex the Knight, Ruby the Pirate, Agent Gene, Twinkle the Fairy. Together they travel through five islands: Technopolis, Kingsland, Enchanted Island, Gunpowder Island and a Lost World. They get around in a transformable vehicle called Chameleon. The series marks the first time the 40-year-old children’s brand has come to television.
“Playmobil is a kid-friendly, parent-approved brand that’s been around for three generations,” noted Cecilia Padula, Content Director, Cartoon Network, Italy in a statement. “The charm and imagination of the toyline has been beautifully translated to this series by Method and Morgen,” she enthused.
SPAIN’S ATRESMEDIA BUYS KESHET’S “BOOM!” GAME SHOW FORMAT
Spain’s Atresmedia has acquired rights to game show format “Boom!,” following earlier sales during Mip TV by Israel’s Keshet International of the format to Fox for the U.S. and to TF1 for France
In “Boom!” a team of four players must defuse eight fake bombs by answering trivia questions correctly within a strict time limit. The nominated player has to defuse one bomb per question by cutting through colored wires that represent multiple choice answers against the clock.
“Boom!,” which is the highest-rated game show in Israel, where it airs on Channel 2 Israel, was created by Keshet and by Ido Rozenblum and July August Productions.