CANNES– Orange Cinema Series, the pay TV group owned by French telco Orange has acquired first-run rights to three European series at MIPTV: “The Game,” “Kingdom” and “1992.”
“The Game,” from BBC Worldwide, is a British spy thriller taking place in the 1970s during the Cold War and follows the head of MI-5 as he puts together a team in charge of spying on the Soviets.
“Kingdom,” from Endemol Shine Intl., is a gripping family saga set against the backdrop of the Mixed Martial Arts subculture in Venice.
Meanwhile, “1992,” from Betafilm, is an Italian series chronicling the aftermath of the arrest of corrupt politician in Milan and the large-scale criminal investigation known as Mani Pulite. “1992” will air next summer.
While Orange Cinema Series has output deals with HBO and Sony Pictures Television to feed its pipeline of premium U.S., the pay TV group also “aims at developing original more half-hour series in French,” said Guillaume Jouhet, the managing director of OCS, who cited “In America,” “Lazy Company” and “Q.I.,” among other shows.
Jouhet also added that OCS is considering partnering up with foreign co-producers to develop ambitious half-hour shows.