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ITV Studios Global Entertainment has secured pre-sales for the 13th and final series of ITV Studios’ iconic detective drama Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Based on crime writer Agatha Christie’s famous novels, series 13 of Poirot has been acquired by eight broadcasters worldwide: TMC (France), ABC (Australia), Prime (New Zealand), Chungwa (Taiwan), Latvian Television, RTV (Slovenia), HRT (Croatia), Sanoma (Hungary) and Digiturk (Turkey). WGBH in the US will co- produce and air two of the Poirot films – The Big Four and Dead Man’s Folly. The deals were brokered by David Wilcox, VP North West Cluster; Jennifer Ebell, VP South East Cluster; Nancy Wang, Senior Sales Executive, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan; Dan Edwards, Senior Sales Executive, Australia and Jemma Losh, Sales Executive, New Zealand for ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
FremantleMedia is launching sales here in Cannes on the remake of Blake’s 7. Developed by Syfy, the 13-part series is produced by Georgeville TV and Marc Rosen, written by Joe Pokaski (Heroes) and directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale). Syfy made a script-to-series commitment back in August of last year on the reboot of the cult British sci-fi series. Originally created by Terry Nation (Doctor Who), Blake’s 7 premiered on the BBC in 1978 and ran for four seasons. Georgeville acquired the rights to the franchise from Andrew Sewell and his company B7 Media with funding provided by Motion Picture Capital. The reboot sees seven criminals – six guilty and one innocent – on their way to live in a prison colony in space. When they acquire an alien ship, they get a second chance at life and to become the most unlikely heroes of their time.
KidsCo has partnered with Platinum Films to bring the CG-animated series, Matt Hatter Chronicles to its Syfy Kids-branded block. Season one will premiere on Syfy Kids across Central and Eastern Europe, fully dubbed, as the block rolls out internationally throughout 2013. Matt Hatter Chronicles follows the dimension-hopping adventures of school-boy hero Matt who must protect the Multiverse, a parallel universe that can only be accessed through the Coronet Movie Theatre, Matt’s new home. Famous villains from movies, myth and legend have escaped into the Multiverse and it’s now down to Matt and his new-found friends, Roxie and Gomez, to save the world from Lord Tenoroc and find Matt’s missing grandfather. Syfy Kids will launch first, exclusively on KidsCo, in Central and Eastern Europe in June.
Venevision International, the global distributor of entertainment content of the Cisneros Group of Companies, and China Central Television (CCTV), have announced a deal for the broadcast rights of the Spanish-language edition of the documentary China’s Mega Projects. The exclusive agreement was endorsed by Manuel Perez and MA Runsheng of China International TV Corporation (CITVC).
BBC America has boarded Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke and adapted by Peter Harness (Wallander, Is Anybody There?), the drama series is set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and is about to return. It will premiere in 2014 as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday programming block. The series is produced by Cuba Pictures (Boy A, Broken) for the BBC and co-produced by BBC America, in association with Feel Film, Bell Media’s Space, Far Moor and Screen Yorkshire. It is distributed by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
Oxygen Media has greenlit a sophomore season of competition series The Face. Produced by Shine America with Naomi Campbell as executive producer and star, the show will return with 10 episodes. A UK version of the format for Sky Living was confirmed last month. Campbell and two other supermodels mentor three teams of four girls over eight weeks as they compete in photo shoots, runway shows and commercials. The last girl standing is crowned the face of a globally known brand. The Face launched in the U.S. in February.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has renewed its distribution deal with UK production company Ruby Film & Television, producers of BBC drama series Dancing On The Edge with John Goodman, Matthew Goode and Jacqueline Bisset. The multi-year agreement gives ITVSGE exclusive international distribution rights on all Ruby productions. ITVSGE has also signed a multi-year content deal with international subscription VOD service Cirkus that launches later this year, initially in Scandinavia.
A+E Networks is launching H2 in the UK on May 4. The new channel, which debuted in the U.S. in September 2011, is a complement to History. H2 covers military history, ancient history, modern history, science and technology via a mix of exclusive programming and original commissions, including Serial Killer Earth and Ultimate Soldier Challenge.
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