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BBC’s ‘Spooks’ inspires games

Mip Dispatches

BBC Worldwide will develop and publish PC console games — on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC — based on its hit fiction series “Spooks,” (renamed “MI5” Stateside) the first time a BBC drama has been developed into a computer game.

Continuing its push into DVD, it has also acquired rental and retail home entertainment rights to “Masked and Anonymous,” its first rental acquisition.

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Comarex, the international sales agents for Mexican broadcaster Azteca, has pre-sold “La heredera” to 25 countries.

Telenovela pre-sales are rare, but “La Heredera” (The Heiress) features Silvia Navarro and Sergio Basanez in their fourth joint appearance in an Azteca telenovela. Fiction series “Lo que callamos las mujeres,” about women with problems, has been licensed to 40 countries and to three as a format. Azteca may co-produce the reformatted versions.

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E! Networks has signed with Philippines Lifestyle Network for 400 hours of E! Network and Style Network programming.

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National Geographic inked deals with Mediart and with Arzi to distribute homevideo titles in South Korea and Israel, respectively.

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Fuji TV finalized a format deal with the Food Network to launch a U.S. version of adrenaline-pumping cook-off show “Iron Chef.”

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Canuck reality distribbery Distraction has sold format rights of “Love Bugs” to Italy’s Einstein Multimedia. Format of the scripted comedy will appear on a Mediaset channel as a daily prime access show.

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Marvista, a rookie distrib, inked deals at its first Mip for its action adventure series “Stone Under Cover,” toplining Chris William Martin, with Rainbow TV in the Middle East and with Encore in China. Company also licensed video rights to its DVD doc series “Rockology” to DreamTime in Japan, MultiMedia in Benelux, CMV in Germany, Spectrum in Korea and Pim in Taiwan.

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A&E Home Video acquired North American rights to 23 FremantleMedia titles, including “The Benny Hill Show,” doc series “The World at War” and the children’s classic “The Wind in the Willows.”