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The week in deals: Bull untethered as Kwesé builds

BULL-pilotgallery-7biMany execs are enjoying the sunshine and speed-dating at MIPCancun this week, which they hope will end in new business in Latin America and the US Hispanic market as they head into NATPE Miami in January next year.

Deals are already in the bag elsewhere, as this latest deal round-up proves.

Among the top-line agreements is CBS Studios International announcing deals for new season US drama Bull in more than 200 territories.

Notable buyers are Fox Networks Group in the UK, Sweden, Russia, Spain, Portugal and Turkey; 13th and ProSiebenSat.1 Group in Germany; M6 in France; Global Television in Canada; Rai 2 in Italy; Yes-DBS in Israel; RTL CBS Entertainment in Asia; Network Ten in Australia; TV2 in Norway; Prime in New Zealand; M-Net in Africa; AXN in India; A&E in Latin America and Brazil; and MTV3 in Finland.

American programming was also on the menu at upcoming African pay TV offering Econet Kwesé TV, which acquired rights to FremantleMedia International programming ahead of launch.

Shows in the deal include Family Feud; doc series The Traffickers, UK comedy-drama procedural No Offence; and Tom Hanks-produced history series The Sixties, The Seventies and The Eighties.

Also on the acquisitions front, Netflix has acquired rights to Flame Distribution programming. A package comprises seasons 1-3 of Outback Truckers and Australian films Head On, The Interview, The Last Days of Chez Nous and Winter of Our Dreams.

Knowledge Network and Société Radio in Canada, Aussie indigenous net NITV, Ireland’s TG4, PBS in the US, and Discovery Networks Asia Pacific were also buyers of Flame’s unscripted programming.

Sinagpore’s Bomanbridge Media has sold 111 hours to millennial-focused digital platform Bilibili. This includes Escape of Die, Extraordinary Dogs, Hidden Britain By Drone, and When Patrick Met Kylie.

Elsewhere, Silverlining Rights has sold ITV4 clip-show series Car Crash Global: Caught on Camera took buyers in Australia and Poland, though didn’t name them. Silverlining claims the ITV Productions format has gone into eight territories so far.

On the format front, SBS in Australia has become the first network in a while to order a local version of BBC Worldwide format Filthy Rich and Homeless, which Love Productions created for BBC Three almost a decade ago.

Global Agency scored a new licensing agreement with Greece’s Antenna 1, which has debuted a local version of studio-based game show Lucky Room. The Art of Comedy is producing the series, which will run for 209 episodes.

Turner Asia Pacific, meanwhile, has bought upcoming South Korean fantasy drama Goblin for entertainment channel Oh!K.

On the commissioning front, UK digital channel E4 has ordered NBCUniversal International Studios-owned UK prodco Monkey to make seasonal special In Bed with Jamie at Christmas, while another British digital channel, pay TV network ITV Encore, has commissioned new ITV Studios label Tall Stories Pictures to create four-part drama Bancroft.

Epix’s first two original series, Berlin Station and Graves, has been picked up for second seasons.

Coming further down the line is a TV version of author Zadie Smith’s new novel, Swing Time. Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions has acquired the rights, with Smith adapting the book herself with Nick Laird.

This is the first significant acquisition Baby Cow has made since former BBC Films chief Christine Langan took over as CEO after the exit of Henry Normal.