Revenge Comes To Turkey
A local Turkish version of Revenge will trade Dune Beach for the Bosphorus. Disney Media Distribution says the local production will be titled Intikam and air on the country’s biggest free-to-air net, Kanal D, in early 2013. Kanal D and Discovery are co-producing. Turkish actress Beren Saat will play the Emily Thorne role with Mert Firat as the Daniel Grayson character. Twenty-two episodes of the Turkish take on ABC Studios’ hit guilty pleasure are scheduled for Season One. Other re-versioned ABC shows produced in Turkey include Desperate Housewives and Private Practice.
Warner Bros, Canal+ Group Announce Output Deal
Canal+ Group and Warner Bros. Entertainment France SAS announced the exclusive agreement today. It grants exclusive Pay TV rights to Warner Bros.’ first run movies and to library features on all Canal+ Group Pay-TV channels (CANAL+, CINE+, Comédie+ and Jimmy) and their associated catch-up services. Beginning in September 2013, the programming will be available on multiple screens (connected TV, game consoles, smart phones, tablets) and multiple services at home or on mobile, live or on-demand. The upcoming Warner Bros. films that will be available include Ben Affleck’s Argo, Trouble With The Curve, Gangster Squad, Cloud Atlas, The Hangover, Man Of Steel and The Hobbit.
YouTube Adds Channels From Sarah Silverman, Adam Carolla
YouTube has announced the creation of more than 60 new original channels from established producers and celebrities in the U.S., UK, Germany and France. Among the new channels are efforts from BBC Worldwide, All3Media, Zodiak, Edemol, Russell Simmons’ Rush Digital Media, ESPN and VICE to roll out in the coming months. Producer Daniel Kellison is also teaming with Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera for comedy channel JASH and with Adam Carolla for the comedic Video Podcast Network. YouTube’s global head of content, Robert Kyncl, will be at Mipcom today to deliver a speech on building audiences for online content, emerging ad formats and the increase in investment from venture capital sources and production studios.
‘Hannibal’ Cooks Up Sales In Europe
LA-based Gaumont International Television has sold its 13-episode original, Hannibal, to Canal Plus in France for pay-TV, Canada’s City TV for free-to-air and Nordisk in Scandinavia for DVD. The series – which landed a script-to-series deal at NBC – stars Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen. The story focuses on the early relationship of Thomas Harris’ notorious Hannibal Lecter and a young FBI criminal profiler. Bryan Fuller is exec producing along with Martha De Laurentiis, Jesse Alexander and Chris Brancato.
Trinny & Susannah Are ‘Inside Out’
British fashionistas Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine are reteaming for Trinny And Susannah: Inside Out, based on an Israeli format produced by Abot Hameiri Productions. The pair is best known as the hosts of the UK version of What Not To Wear. Armoza Formats is handling international sales on the new makeover series that looks at how fashion and style can influence behavior and perception, and can cause breakdowns in relationships. The hosts will meet with style-challenged duos in various cities to carry out head-to-toe transformations. The original series was shot in Tel Aviv and included a teenage daughter embarrassed by her scantily-dressed mom, two sisters disfigured in a car accident and a male stripper and his fiancée. Trinny and Susannah: Inside Out will have its broadcast premiere in Israel later this month.
Content Partners With Back2Back For ‘The Royals’
Content Television and the UK’s Back2Back Productions have entered a two-year funding and production deal. The first series under the pact is The Royals, a six-part docuseries that examines the British monarchy. The Royals will be distributed worldwide across all platforms by Content Television. Back2Back managing director David Notman-Watt notes the deal allows the companies to side-step commissioners and networks to create original series for international distribution directly. Back2Back’s credits include Shaun Ryder On UFOs for the History Channel and Jews On Bikes for Sky Atlantic. Content earlier this year signed a strategic deal to develop a joint formats portfolio with LA-based Small World IFT and took a 50% stake in Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.
Nico Hofmann And Jan Mojto Announce International Serial TV Series About Adolf Hitler
The managing directors of teamWorx Fernsehen & Film and EOS/Beta Film announced that the 8-episode series will be based on the biography Hitler’s First War by historian Thomas Weber. The scholar describes Hitler’s time as a soldier in World War I, and evaluates previously unexamined documents about the List Regiment, in which Hitler served. The series begins with World War I in 1914 and ends with Hitler’s death in 1945. Hofmann and Mojto also announced two other historical serial projects: Berlin Kurfürstendamm tells the story of three young women in Berlin’s tumultuous 1950s and will be the first in a cycle of Berlin-based post-war series. Annette Hess will pen the screenplay. The second series, The Doctors plays out in the late 19th century in the world-famous Charité Clinic in the center of Berlin. Author Dorothee Schön is working on the multi-episode project.
Nine Network Australia Acquires Rights To The Taste
Nine Network Australia has secured rights to the cooking competition The Taste for both a local remake as well as the U.S. version. In the U.S., ABC has ordered eight episodes of The Taste in which famed foodies Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain head a distinct panel of four judges to pit America´s most skilled cooks against one another. The Taste was created by Kinetic Content, Red Arrow’s US production company led by Chris Coelen.
Cineflix Teams With LMNO Productions On Distribution Deal
UK’s Cineflix Rights will distribute Los Angeles-based LMNO Productions’ 450-hour back catalogue as well as its new programming under the exclusive three-year deal signed in advance of MIPCOM. LMNO’s titles include Unusual Suspects, which explores and uncovers incredible stories of everyday people who turn out to be not quite what they seem, The Little Couple, which follows a married couple both under four feet as they move to a new city, negotiate the purchase of a home, and weigh the risks of planning a family and Cheating Vegas, which takes viewers inside the scams of modern gaming in the Las Vegas casino scene. LMNO has produced more than 750 programs and 65 different series for broadcast and cable networks including CBS, NBC, FOX, Discovery Channel, TLC, Lifetime, A&E and OWN.
Saban Brands Offering Kid-Safe Online Entertainment Through Zui
Saban Brands announced it is launching a worldwide network of kid-safe internet-based entertainment through its recently acquired Zui.com. Saban Brands says the network of connected sites will include powerful parental controls and over 6 million pieces of age-appropriate content – all of which can be branded and localized for broadcasters around the globe. Broadcasters will be able to partner and license Zui.com’s patented technology to enhance their own branded and localized sites. Zui.com, allows children to access a large library of videos and online games. Zui.com also features a safe, social media experience for kids where they can develop a personal profile page with their own avatar, “like,” “vote” and “favorite” content, access games and add friends with no open messaging. Zui.com also operates KidZui, a downloadable browser providing access to a kid-safe Internet experience and more than six million websites, online videos, pictures and games.