The increasing appeal of Teutonic product was evident at Mipcom as distribs not only reported strong sales but also relaunched one of Germany’s most beloved series — without having a domestic broadcaster aboard.
“Rex: A Cop’s Best Friend,” about a crime-fighting German shepherd and his two-footed partner, ran on Sat1 from 1994-2004, but due to popular demand from abroad, Beta Film has revived the show for Italy’s RAI, Austria’s ORF and Telecinco in Spain.
Germany’s pay TV platform Premiere was in Cannes pursuing production partnerships with Hollywood. Premiere’s chief program officer Hans Seger said the broadcaster was looking to produce high-quality English-language skeins for its series channel.
Beta Film also sold TV movie “Side Effects” to France’s M6, satcaster Sky Italia and Italo pubcaster RAI. Pic chronicles the thalidomide drug scandal of the early 1960s that resulted in birth defects in thousands of babies in Europe. Gruenenthal, the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the drug, tried to block the film on German TV, but the country’s highest court last month greenlit the broadcast and paved the way for international sales.
ZDF Enterprises reported robust business after selling its hit “Rosamunde Pilcher” movie collection to Fox Life in Italy and Fox Life in France, which also picked up ZDF’s medical drama “Die Schwarzwaldklinik”; Belgium’s VRT took crime series “Der Adler,” while France’s TF1, Belgian web RTBF and Italy’s Mediaset acquired family skein “Da kommt Kalle.”
Bavaria took worldwide rights to French-Swiss youth series “Heidi,” a modern retelling of the classic story about a girl from the Alps who moves to the big city. The show, set to premiere on Switzerland’s TSR this fall, has pre-sold throughout Eastern Europe and Ireland (RTE).
In other news:
- Teutonic distrib group EVA picked up German-language rights to Marvel animated series “Wolverine and the X-Men” from First Serve Toonz, a joint venture between Toonz Animation India and London-based First Serve Intl.
- Telepool sold gameshow format “Entern oder Kentern,” a celebrity challenge skein, to France’s W9
- Berlin-based distrib A Co. licensed a package of more than 30 films, including German titles such as “Hands off Mississippi,” to Poland’s TVP1.