A+E Networks UK’s History channel has set details of its upcoming local version of Pawn Stars. The show will focus on Regal Pawn, a shop near Chester, England. The eight-part series will star Regal’s owner Mark Manning, (aka Big Mark), his daughter Vicki, his best friend Little Mark and Little Mark’s son, Marco. The UK will be the first market to make its own version of the series that will feature distinctly British items. The show airs in the UK this fall and is produced by Leftfield Pictures, the production company behind the original U.S. series which has increased in popularity in Britain since it debuted in 2010.
Music Box has taken U.S. rights on Beta Film’s Generation War, a six-hour miniseries about the fate of young men and women who fought in World War II. The Band Of Brothers-like story is from ZDF, teamWorx and Beta Film and scored record ratings on ZDF with a 24% market share. It also triggered a local debate about personal guilt in WWII. Music Box is planning a theatrical release in major cities across the U.S., followed by TV, VOD and home video. The UK’s Arrow Film picked up all rights as did eOne/Hopscotch in Australia. Directed by Philipp Kadelbach, the production stars Volker Bruch (The Reader), Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Miriam Stein and Ludwig Trepte. Beta Film is selling here at Mip-TV.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has licensed the rights to two seasons of Irish gangland drama Love/Hate to Britain’s Channel 5. Produced by Octagon Films for RTÉ, Love/Hate scored strong ratings in Ireland with the season finale bagging a 56% share in December. The serial about Dublin’s gangland stars Aidan Gillen, Robbie Sheehan, Ruth Negga, Ruth Bradley, Brian Gleeson and Tom Vaughan Lawlor. It’s written by Stuart Carolan and directed by David Caffrey.
Cinedigm has acquired broad-based digital/VOD rights for the U.S., Canada and Latin America to over 1,000 episodes of TV shows from Australia’s ABC. Included in the pact are library titles like 1995 Hugh Jackman prison drama Correlli, the An Audience With Dame Edna series and slapstick comedy Double The Fist. Cinedigm CEO Chris McGurk said the acquisition “reflects the remarkable fluidity of today’s international entertainment marketplace and the ever-growing importance of efficient, cost-effective delivery of digital content worldwide.”
Nordisk FilmTV and Swedish content company Mexiko have entered an output deal making Nordisk the exclusive production partner across Scandinavia for Mexiko shows. Mexiko was launched in October last year by former Channel 5 exec Lars Beckung and former CEO of production company Stockholm-Copenhagen, Mikael Svensson along with Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson who are known locally as Filip & Fredrik. Their celebrity interview series Elevator just finished its first season run in Sweden.
Venevision International has entered a worldwide content deal with global TV site Viki for a series of of its telenovelas. The deal includes the rights to special editions of such titles as Eva Luna, Corazon Apasionado, Amor Comprado, Angel Rebelde, Nunca Te Dire Adios and Sueño Con Tu Amor. Viki is powered by a volunteer community of fans who crowdsource and translate shows in more than 150 languages.
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