European media conglom Zodiak Rights has closed a raft of deals across its original drama series slate.
Zodiak-repped Braquo, the international Emmy-winning crime drama set in Paris, is set to get a Russian makeover by leading pubcaster Channel One.
The Russian net nabbed the first two seasons and the remake rights of the series. It plans to start lensing the Russian makeover of the skein by the end of 2014.
Deal marks Channel One’s first pickup of a French drama scripted format ever.
Produced by Capa Drama for Canal Plus, the one-hour crimer follows a squad of cops from a Paris gang-busting unit who’ve gone rogue.
Abdel Raouf Dafri, whose screenwriting credits include “A Prophet” and “Public Enemy Number One,” penned the second and third seasons, currently in post.
Zodiak Rights will handle worldwide distribution rights of the Russian redo, with the exception of Russia, CIS and the Baltics.
“Braquo” has already sold in over 80 territories, including the US (Hulu), UK (Fox), Italy (Fox Intl. Channel, RAI Cinema), Australia (Showtime), Denmark (DR TV), Israel (Hot), Brazil (GloboSat), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Canada (eOne).
“The Kennedys” producer Asylum Entertainment previously acquired English-language remake rights to the French series.
In another Zodiak Rights news, “The Returned” (aka “Rebound”), the critically-praised supernatural drama produced by Haut et Court for Canal Plus, was acquired by Studiocanal Germany and HBO Latin America.
Studio Canal Germany nabbed all distribution rights to the series and will rep it in German-speaking Europe.
In the UK, Pan Macmillan acquired publishing rights to develop two books based on the series. The first novel will be published next Fall.
“The Returned” was the highest-rated original drama of all time on Canal Plus. It was also a top-rated drama on Channel 4 in the U.K, attracting an average of 1.8 million viewers on primetime.
“The Returned” has already sold in over 30 territories including the USA (Sundance Channel, Music Box), UK (Channel 4, Universal Pictures), Canada (Bell Media, Radio-Canada, tou.tv), Australia (SBS), Sweden (SVT), Israël (Hot), Turkey (Sinema TV), New Zealand (Rialto), Hungary (Viasat) and Iceland (Ruv).
Meanwhile, the fifth season of “Being Human” sold to Rai 4. The supernatural drama, produced by Touchpaper, follows the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost series.
The Yellow Bird produced Annika Bengzton, another series sold by Zodiak Rights, was acquired by Foxel Italia.
At Mipcom, Zodiak Rights kicked off presales for “Occupied” and “Murder.”
“Murder” is a new collection of four one-hour crime dramas produced by Touchpaper for BBC Two. Birger Larson (“The Killing”) will be directing the first opus.
“Occupied” is a gripping political thriller created by crime novelist Jo Nesbo and produced by Yellow Bird. It’s directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg (“Insomnia”) with a €11 million ($14.8 million) budget. Lensing is skedded for next March for a delivery during the second half of 2014.