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Mipcom brightens up

05 October 2010

Day two: The sun has come out in Cannes, lifting the mood at the Mipcom programme market after yesterday’s rain soaked and stormy affair.

As always when there is a big downpour here, the main market space, the Palais, began leaking and letting in water.

Even worse, companies which rented boats to do business found themselves in – literally – choppy water.

And pity poor Warner Bros, which took a pier-type stand which extended out from the beach and over the Med – last time I looked it was being buffeted by large waves and was looking very wind-swept and empty.

On the positive side, sellers say that the appalling weather yesterday forced buyers inside and towards their stands – leading to some good business.

The mood here is certainly upbeat. “It feels better than last time,” DRG chief executive Jeremy Fox said this morning. “There is more of a feeling of optimism and confidence.”

Here’s a digest of some of the deals announced today:

- BBC Worldwide Channels acquired new programming from distributors All3Media International, Endemol, and Zodiak Rights for its global BBC Knowledge channel including Genius¸ Secret Millionaire US, Joanna Lumley: Jewel In the Nile, Ross Kemp In The Middle East, Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour and Derren Brown Investigates.

- ITV Studios Global Entertainment struck a distribution development deal with US production company Base Productions. The deal gives ITV Studios worldwide rights (excluding the US) to formats and series produced by Base, including Base’s Mystery 360.

- Banijay International sold BBC format The People’s Quiz to pan Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC. Licensed to Lebanon-based, Ideas Production, the 12 x 1-hr show is currently being filmed and will air in January 2011.

- Eagle Rock Entertainment announced international sales for Ladies and Gentlemen… The Rolling Stones (pictured). The re-mastered HD feature-length film, first released in 1974, sold to VH1 (US), WHD (Japan), Sky Arts (UK), ABC (Australia), HBO (Latin America), ZDF (Germany), SVT (Sweden) and Hi-Fidelity (Canada).

- Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) unveiled two co-pro deals for kids’ properties Kung Fu Chicken and Red, Yellow & Blue. Animasia Studio (Malaysia), Agogo International (Hong Kong) and Neptuno Films (Spain) will co-produce 2d animated action adventure series Kung Fu Chicken (26 x 22-mins). Ed-Online Technologies (Malaysia), Scrawl Studios (Singapore) and Bryant Whittle (UK) will co-develop and co-produce animated pre-school series Red, Yellow & Blue (52 x 11-mins).

- BBC Worldwide sold Temple Street Productions’s second season of Wingin’ It to CBBC in the UK. It’s has also been picked up by Noga (Israel), NRK Super (Norway) and Top TV (South Africa).

- Nickelodeon USA picked up a second season of pre-school show Olivia from producer and distributor Chorion. The new series of 26 x 11-min episodes plus 1 x 22-min special will be delivered to Nickelodeon in the USA in November 2010. To date, the new series has been pre-bought by TF1 France, ABC TV Australia and the Disney Channel in Japan and Latin America.

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