‘The Time In Between’ Finale Sets Records In Spain
Deadline readers who follow international closely will know that I’ve been high on Spanish period miniseries The Time In Between. The 11-part mini debuted in Spain in October as the best local drama premiere of the last eight years. It concluded its run on Antena 3 on Tuesday night with an all-time record high of over 5.5M viewers and a 27.8% share. It also hit a peak of 5.88M viewers. The series overall averaged 5M viewers and had a 25.5% average share. Produced by Boomerang TV for Antena 3, it led among over 35s with a 25.2% share, and reached a 37.7% share among audiences aged 55-64. Based on María Dueñas’ novel, The Time In Between is set during the Spanish Civil War and the run-up to World War II. It’s the story of a woman raised by a poor single mother and taught to be a seamstress. When she falls for a handsome young man, she moves with him to Morocco and spends months living the high life. But when the money runs out and she falls pregnant, he leaves. She ultimately builds a new life and becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers. She also begins working for the British government, passing information to the Secret Service. Interest from abroad has been high: The series already is running in Romania and offers on remake rights and/or the original are in from the U.S., Canada, Italy, France, Portugal, the former Yugoslavia, Russia, Croatia, and several territories in Latin America and Africa.
Fox International Channels Airing Super Bowl Live In Europe
While Europeans eagerly await this summer’s World Cup, they’ll be able to check out the biggest game of the year for the other kind of football in just a few weeks. Fox International Channels is bringing the Super Bowl to the continent. When the Seattle Seahawks face off with the Denver Broncos on February 2 in East Rutherford, N.J., NFL fans in Europe will be able to watch the full Fox coverage beginning at 12:25 AM on February 3. More than 12 million households in Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia will have access to the game. This will be the first time the Super Bowl is broadcast live on the FIC channels in Europe. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers are the halftime act. Separately, Fox International Channels said today that it has appointed Fabrizio Salini to managing director of its Italian operation, effective February 17. Salini was VP Entertainment Channels for FIC Italy from 2003 and 2011, and returns after a two-year stint serving senior management roles at SKY Italia, Discovery Communications Italia and Switchover Media.
Food-Centric Gusto Draws 1M Canadian Viewers In First Month
Canadian food and lifestyle channel Gusto is proving a tasty treat at home as the newly arrived competitor to Food Network, which was previously the only outlet of its ilk in the Great White North. Gusto launched in December, reaching 1M viewers in its first month of operation, Media in Canada reports. After four weeks on air, it’s nearing the top 10 for female-oriented specialty channels. The net is available via providers Bell TV, Bell Fibe and Eastlink and goes out to 2.5M households. With 85% first-run programming, Gusto targets women 25-54. The channel’s CEO and president Chris Knight expressed Gusto’s success to Media In Canada, saying, “I think for most Canadians when they think of food programming they think of one channel. … Canadians are looking for options and choices.”
Berlin Film Festival Solidifies Forum Lineup
The Berlin Film Festival’s Forum section has finalized its lineup, adding Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer to the roster. The director, along with producer Park Chan-wook, actors Song Kang-ho, Ko Asung, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton and comic author Jean-Marc Rochette will be on hand at the screening. Also joining the program are documentaries about the recent upheavals in Egypt: Viola Shafik’s Scent Of Revolution and Jehane Noujaim’s Oscar-nominated The Square. The rest of the section’s special screenings include Tender Are The Feet from Burma’s Maung Wunna; DMD KIU LIDT by Georg Tiller from Austria and Germany; India’s Ghashiram Kotwal by K. Hariharan and Mani Kaul; Journey With Prabhat by Jessica Sadana and Samarth Dixit, also from India; Nepal/Germany/U.S. co-pro Shamans Of The Blind Country by Michael Oppitz; and three films from Japan: Home Sweet Home by Noboru Nakamura, When It Rains, It Pours by Noboru Nakamura and The Shape Of Night by Noboru Nakamura.
Films Distribution Picks Up World Rights To ‘The Dark Valley’
French sales company Films Distribution has acquired world rights to The Dark Valley. The film is a Berlinale Special Gala screening directed by Andreas Prochaska and stars Sam Riley (Control) and Paula Beer (Poll). Written by Martin Ambrosch and Prochaska, the script is based on Thomas Willmann’s debut novel Das Finstere Tal. The movie takes place in 1875 and tells the story of an American who heads to Austria, the land of his fathers. A clannish mountain community of hostile inhabitants offers him shelter for the winter in exchange for a generous payment. Little do they know that he is no stranger to the town’s dark secret and has come to seek revenge. Films Distribution has good taste and a strong track record. It handled last year’s Oscar nominee for Foreign Language, War Witch and had 2012 Oscar nominee Monsieur Lazhar. This year, it’s got Rithy Panh’s Oscar nominee, The Missing Picture. Helmut Grasser of Allegro Film and X Filme Creative Pool’s Stefan Arndt (Amour, Cloud Atlas, The White Ribbon) are producers of The Dark Valley.
AMC/Sundance Channel Global Buys Sundance Pics
AMC/Sundance Channel Global has acquired a series of films out of the Sundance Film Festival that will premiere exclusively on Sundance Channel internationally this spring. Serbia’s The Disobedient by Mina Djukic; Liar’s Dice from India’s Geetu Mohandas; and U.S pics Memphis by Tim Sutton and This May Be The Last Time by Sterlin Harjo, have been acquired for all international territories where Sundance Channel is seen. Sydney Freeland’s Drunktown’s Finest out of the U.S. has been acquired for Asia (excluding Malaysia), Benelux, Eastern Europe, France, Iberia and Latin America. Chile/France co-pro To Kill A Man by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras was picked up for Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Argentine Is Latest Territory To Book Keshet’s ‘Rising Star’
After a sale to Turkey brought to more than 20 the number of international territories acquiring format rights to Israeli hit Rising Star, Keshet International has now also licensed the singing competition in Argentina. The Latin American nation’s largest free to air network, Telefe, is planning a 24-episode series for launch during fall 2014 on Telefe Argentina, which also airs The Voice.
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