Anger Management, Lionsgate TV’s upcoming sitcom starring former Two And A Hale Men leading man Charlie Sheen as an irascible anger management therapist, has been picked up by Modern Times Group (MTG) to air on its Viasat Broadcasting free-TV channels in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Viasat’s channels also carry Two And A Half Men. Lionsgate International has already sold Anger Management, loosely based on the 2003 feature starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, in Canada, Latin America and Germany. In the U.S., it launches on FX in June.
Parlez-vous ‘Jersey Shore’?
France’s leading pubcaster TF1 has acquired rights to Jersey Shore for air on its DTT channel NT1. NT1 also picked up a format option to adapt the MTV series for local audiences. On the news, Viacom International Media Networks’ SVP of international sales, Caroline Beaton, said in part: “I’m extremely excited that a localized version through NT1’s format option will enable French audiences to connect even more deeply with their favorite program in their own language and through their own local personalities.” No word on where the show could be set, though I’m guessing Nice or Marseille would be potentials given their coastal settings, vibrant nightlife and young populace…
BBC Worldwide, China’s CCTV-9 Get Scientific In Co-Production Pact
In a first, BBC Worldwide has pacted with China’s CCTV-9, the documentary arm of state broadcaster CCTV, to co-produce two new science series. Generation Earth and Wonders Of Life will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. Wonders Of Life, hosted by particle physicist and BBC presenter Brian Cox, examines the story of life through physics. Generation Earth is a study of the world’s most ambitious engineering projects. Wonders Of Life will go out on CCTV-9 in winter this year with Generation Earth scheduled for CCTV-9 in spring 2013. BBC Worldwide previously brokered a co-production deal between the BBC’s Natural History Unit and CCTV production company CTV on Wild China which has been licensed to over 160 territories.
Netflix Gets ‘United’
Content Television has sold the tragic story of Manchester United’s Busby Babes to Netflix in the US and Canada for SVOD rights, and to Screen Media for broadcast and video rights in the same territories. MVS Television has taken pay-TV rights in Latin America with Globosat acquiring broadcast for Brazil. The World Productions film was released in the UK in 2011 and features David Tennant and Dougray Scott. The story follows the youngest team ever to win the Football League and the 1958 plane crash that killed 8 of the players. Deals have also been concluded in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and pan-Asia where HBO has pay-TV rights. Content is also launching BBC drama Line Of Duty at MIP. The thriller stars Lennie James (Hung, Colombiana), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen), Vicky McClure (This Is England) and Adrian Dunbar (Ashes To Ashes).
A Pair Of Kings For Universal Channel
Universal Channel has added dramas Breakout Kings and King to its UK line-up. Canadian series King stars Amy Price-Francis as a detective heading the Major Crimes Task Force, a special squad that’s parachuted in when cases are in crisis. Gabriel Hogan also stars in the show sold by Beta Film. Breakout Kings, from Prison Break’s Nick Santora and Matt Olmstead, follows two US Marshals who use former fugitives to catch current ones. Laz Alonso and Domenick Lombardozzi star in the show produced by Fox 21 and Twentieth Century Fox. Both shows will roll out this month.