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MIPCOM: Day two deal round-up

MIPCOM 2015 - ATMOSPHERE - OUTSIDE - PALAIS DES FESTIVALSAs MIPCOM hits the half-way mark, deals have been coming thick and fast.

Among the most notable agreements closed yesterday, Netflix took English-speaking territory rights to Beta Film drama The Same Sky after it screened for the first time during the TV market.

The ZDF-, UFA Fiction- and Beta-coproduced series, which runs to six hours and is from director Oliver Hirschbiegel, has also gone to Italy’s Rai, France 3, Belgium’s VRT and Iceland’s RUV.

Another Beta-distributed show, 90-minutes legal thriller The Verdict, sold to DR in Denmark.

There was more drama news out of Denmark, with TV2 partnering with prodcos Nordisk Film, Dynamic Television and NDF to coproduce crime series Dan Sommerdahl.

The show comes from The Bridge co-creator Nikolaj Scherfig, and is based on Anna Grue’s Scandinavian noir novels.

The programme, about a wing commander forced to shoot down a hijacked plane, screened to buyers yesterday. It comes from German prodco MOOVIE and was a coproduction with ARD Degato and RBB.

Another major drama deal saw UK-based vendor DRG shop ITV’s Philip Glenister-starrer The Level the ABC in Australia.

Japan’s Nippon TV has packaged its scripted format Mother and sold it into Turkey. The local version will air on Star TV as Anne (‘mother’ in Turkish) and has Medyapim attached to produce, marking the first time a Japanese drama is remade in Turkey.

NBCUniversal International Formats entered into a co-development and production pact with South Korean broadcaster MBC (Where Are We Going Dad?) to create shows for the local and international markets.

Rival NBCU studio Sony Pictures Television shopped two new season broadcast shows, time-travel drama Timeless and sitcom Kevin Can Wait, to the UK’s Channel 4.

Insight TV, the 4K extreme sports and lifestyle channel, has commissioned non-scripted series Inside the Masters of Dirt, a 6x26mins show from XTreme Video.

In the kids space, deals included Poland’s TVP ABC channel acquiring free-to-air rights to Studio100 Media’s Heidi, while Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Contnet Group did an SVOD deal for worldwide sales rights to Mattel Creations’ Barbie movie catalogue.

Also on the distribution front, Scandinavia’s Eccho Rights took on two dramas, Honor and Brink, from Swedish prodco Mountain Dog, and is shopping rights from its base in the Festival des Palais.