‘Kinks,’ ‘Radical Eye,’ ‘Black Out,’ ’Perfect Monsters’ Make In Development Cut

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Rachel Feldman’s “Kinks,” Monica Bellucci-starrer “Radical Eye,” Nabil Ayouch’s “Black-Out” and “Perfect Monsters,” from “Roma” producer Nicolas Celis, all figure among the 16 drama series projects to be pitched at this year’s second – and expand…

MipTV Quiet, Canneseries Divides Opinions

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CANNES —  MipTV closed Thursday its quietest edition in years, wracked by French air and rail strikes, dreary weather and, most importantly, larger competition from February’s London Screenings and May’s L.A. Screenings. 2018 MipTV attendance came in around 10,000, said Laurine Garaude, director of Reed Midem’s Television Division, which organizes the content trade fair. That […]

Harlan Coben’s ‘Safe’ Builds on Red’s Reputation for Delivering Damn Fine Drama

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“Safe,” which world premiered on Wednesday at Canneseries, is the latest drama series from Studiocanal’s Red, a British production company set up by Nicola Shindler 20 years ago, best known for Russell T. Davies’ “Queer as Folk,” Paul Abbott’s “Clocking Off,” and Sally Wainwright’s “Happy Valley” and “Last Tango In Halifax.” Shindler spoke to Variety […]

‘The Sources of Evil,’ ‘Whatever, Linda’ Take Top Honors at Canneseries, MipTV In Development

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Period dramas were the big winners on the day at Canneseries and Mip TV’s In Development pitching sessions. German 1993-set murder-mystery “The Sources of Evil” and Canadian 1978-based “Whatever, Linda,” were announced as joint winners of the two prizes granted at the event by Federation Entertainment and La Fabrique des Formats. Pascal Breton’s Federation Ent. […]

MipTV: Beta Film Sells ‘Babylon Berlin’ to Africa, India

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Beta Films has secured new deals which will see acclaimed German crime drama “Babylon Berlin” debut across Africa and India. South Africa-based broadcaster M-Net, which is owned by Africa’s biggest subscription television network MultiChoice, has acquired rights across the whole of the African continent. Indian rights have been acquired by Tata Sky, the joint venture […]

Foreign Drama Enters ‘Brilliant’ Era as Global Giants Embrace Local Stories

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“The volume, quality and global reach of drama [now] is unequalled in the history of television,” Lorenzo Di Maio, an agent at Endeavor Content, said Tuesday at a panel on TV drama financing at Canneseries, a festival in Cannes dedicated to drama series. Di Maio’s company is handling international sales on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Killing Eve,” […]

MipTV: India’s Applause Acquires Remake Rights to Hit Israeli shows from Armoza

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LONDON – – Indian content producer Applause Entertainment has acquired remake rights to three hit Israeli shows from Israel’s Armoza Formats. “Hostages” is a crime thriller that has been sold worldwide and was adapted for CBS by Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television. “La Famiglia” and “Honey Badgers” are comedies. Casting, writing and pre-production […]

Banijay Sets Up New German Operation, With Marcus Wolter as Boss (EXCLUSIVE)

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Banijay Group has brought its operations together in Germany and hired Marcus Wolter, previously with Endemol Shine, to run the unified group, Variety has learned. The new Banijay Germany combines production company Brainpool and Banijay’s existing German production operation. The new Banijay Germany combines production company Brainpool and Banijay’s existing German production operation. Wolter, who was chairman […]

MipTV: Beta Film Teams With Middle East’s O3 Productions on Multi-series Deal

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Beta Film is to partner with the Middle East’s O3 Productions in a major multi-series deal, the Germany-based international producer and distributor announced Wednesday at MipTV in Cannes. The deal will see Beta and O3, the production arm of Dubai-based broadcaster MBC, develop and co-produce scripted projects from the Middle East and North Africa that […]

AMC Picks up Streaming Rights for Globo Series ‘Jailers’ and ‘Supermax’ in Key Territories

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CANNES —  AMC Networks has secured distribution rights to two of Brazilian broadcast network  Globo’s most notable series: “Jailers,” and the Brazilian version of “Supermax.” “Jailers” will be available to stream on the Sundance Now service, while “Supermax” goes to Shudder in North America, U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Sundance Now offers both original […]

Canal+ Snags Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sandra Oh Drama ‘Killing Eve’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Endeavor Content has sealed one of the most significant drama deals of this year’s MipTV, selling the Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sandra Oh series “Killing Eve” to pay-TV giant Canal+ in France. The female-led espionage thriller has been one of the buzzed-about programs at this year’s market in Cannes. The Sid Gentle Films-produced eight-parter stars Oh […]

MipTV: Warner Bros. International TV Production Brings ‘Game of Games’ to Spain

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“Game of Games” is going global with the first international version of the hit format commissioned in Spain. Warner Bros. International Television Production Spain announced Tuesday that it had been commissioned by Artresmedia to produce a local version of the game show format for its terrestrial channel Antena 3. “We’re thrilled to announce Antena 3 […]

MipTV: FremantleMedia Boards Working Title’s ‘Luminaries’ For International Distribution

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FremantleMedia International will handle international distribution on Working Title Television’s adaptation of Man Booker prize-winning novel “The Luminaries,” the company announced Tuesday. Produced by Working Title Television in association with FremantleMedia International and Silver Reel Television, the six-part adaptation for BBC Two is written by Eleanor Catton (pictured), based on her own novel. “This story […]

MipTV: ’Bullets’ Wins Buyers’ Coup de Coeur Award

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CANNES — “Bullets,” a women-driven political thriller which adds a new cutting edge to Nordic crime suspense, won the first Buyers’ Coup de Coeur, facing off with tough competition from other often high-end dramas from ambitious producers across Europe. Created by “Border Town’s” co-screenwriter Antii Pesonen and Vertigo Production’s Minna Virtanen, and written by Pesonen […]

BBC Sells Controversial Russian Mob Drama ‘McMafia’ to Russia (EXCLUSIVE)

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BBC Studios has managed to sell Russian mob drama “McMafia” to Russia itself, despite objections from Russian authorities to the series when it aired in Britain and amid worsening relations between the two countries over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, Variety has learned. The series, which centers on a global crime ring run out […]

ZDF Enterprises Seals Premium Drama Deals in Cannes Including ‘Maltese’ to France and Italy (EXCLUSIVE)

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ZDF Enterprises is enjoying a bumper MipTV in terms of drama sales. The Germany-based distributor has sold a raft of premium drama to major broadcasters in Europe, with Italy-produced cop series “Maltese” landing at French pubcast channel France 3, and Canal+ in France buying the final season of hit Scandi crime series “The Bridge.” Cop […]