The MIPTV market kicks off in Cannes today and runs through April 4. Today’s big event will be the gala screening of episode 1 of Julian Fellowes’ Titanic miniseries which premiered on ITV in the UK last Sunday. Below is a selection of various announcements from today.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment Sells More ‘Titanic’
Last week’s premiere episode scored the highest rating for a drama on ITV1 this year with 7.4 million viewers and a 28.5% audience share. ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which is selling the mini, has announced new deals in China (Shanghai Joy Network), Latin America (Nat Geo), Mexico (TV Azteca), the Netherlands (SBS’ Veronica), Belgium (VRT), Africa (BBC Entertainment), Singapore (Mediacorp’s okto) and Iran (Marjan TV Network). The co-production from ITV Studios with Shaw Media, Deep Indigo Productions and Lookout Point in the UK, Sienna Films in Canada and Mid Atlantic Films in Hungary, is now sold in 95 territories.
Shine International Deals In ‘Real Humans’
The sales and distribution arm of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group has sold Swedish drama Real Humans to Australian pubcaster SBS. The 10-part series debuted on Sweden’s SVT1 in January to exceed the network’s 9pm slot average by 27%. Set in a parallel present day where technology has enabled robots to become so human it’s nearly impossible to tell them apart from people, the series is produced by Matador Films. SBS has also struck deals with Shine International for the Australian premiere of the US versions of maternity ward reality show One Born Every Minute and forensic series History Cold Case as well as Channel 4’s factual medical series 24 Hours In A&E (for the uninitiated, A&E stands for “accident and emergency” in the UK).
Hat Trick International Scores With ‘Episodes’
The second season of the Matt LeBlanc series has been pre-sold to 150 countries including France (Orange Cinéma Séries) and Spain (CANAL+), Hat Trick announced today. The Emmy and Golden Globe nominated show airs on BBC2 in the UK and Showtime in the US where it returns on July 1. LeBlanc won the Globe for outstanding actor in a comedy series earlier this year. Other territories that have acquired the show include Japan, Africa, Asia, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, Greece, Israel, Latin America, Russia, Turkey, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal and Sweden.