TV sales heat up as Mipcom looms

Hulu nabs U.S. rights to Aussia mob drama 'Straits'

BERLIN — International TV sales are picking up in the run up to the Mipcom programming mart in Cannes, which kicks off Oct. 8.

Hulu inked a U.S. deal with the U.K.’s DCD Rights for Australian mobster clan drama “The Straits,” starring Brian Cox. The series, airing on pubcaster channel ABC1, follows the Montebello crime family, which specializes in drug smuggling and gun running.

The 10-part skein has sold in Eastern Europe, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, France, Benelux and Asia.

French-German pubcaster Arte acquired DCD Right’s Australian series “The Slap.”

Produced by Matchbox Pictures for ABC1, “The Slap” traces the impact on a family and friends when an adult slaps a child.

The eight-part series has sold to DirecTV in the U.S., BBC4 (U.K.), AMC/Sundance Channel Global, Globosat (Brazil), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), YLE (Finland) and TVO (Canada).

Italian pubcaster RAI picked up Rene Balcer’s crime series “Jo,” starring Jean Reno. Produced by Atlantique Prods., the English-language show revolves around a detective in Paris’ elite Criminal Brigade. Red Arrow Intl. is selling “Jo” internationally.

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