DISNEY+ SWOOPS ON ‘RALPH & KATIE’
Keshet International (KI) has reached a major multi-territory deal with Disney+ on “Ralph & Katie,” the new 6×30′ comedy-drama spinoff of “The A World.” The sale is part of a wider deal which includes all three seasons of BBC One drama ‘The A Word’. Disney+ has licensed multiple rights for both titles throughout Europe (excluding the UK), the Middle East and Africa.
“The A Word” will be available on Disney+ in the Nordic countries and in Belgium. Launches are also planned for Portugal, Italy, Spain and France from November, then Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the new year. “Ralph & Katie” will debut in early 2023.
“Being part of the team that helped At Keren Margalit “Yellow Peppers” has gone from a beautiful family drama in Israel to a BBC One primetime comeback drama, which has sold in over 80 territories and spawned its own spin-off, is incredibly satisfying” , said Keren Chahar, COO and President of Distribution of KI. “We are so thrilled that buyers are as captivated by Leon and Sarah’s performances as we are.”
Co-produced by ITV Studios and Keshet UK, in association with Tiger Aspect for BBC One, “Ralph & Katie” is a comedy-drama set during a first year of marriage. “The A Word” is based on “Yellow Peppers”, an Israeli series written and created by Keren Margalit for
KI returns to Cannes with its largest delegation since 2019. New titles include the biopic miniseries “Cuba Libre”, “Summer of Sorrow” and “Too Much Love”.
CINEFLIX PRESELVES “LAST KING”
Cineflix Rights has pre-sold Helium’s ten-episode Australian crime drama “Last King of The Cross” to Sky. Featuring Tim Roththe series will air exclusively in all Sky territories in Italy, the UK, Ireland and Germany, the company announced.
Inspired by by John Ibrahim bestselling autobiography, which follows his rise from a poor immigrant to the kingpin of an Australian nightclub, “Last King of The Cross” tells the story of two brothers who are lost in their rise to power.
Set in Sydney’s Kings Cross in the 1980s and 1990s, the cast includes Lincoln Younes (“Grand Hotel”, “Tangle”), Claude Jabbour (“Eden”, “Stateless”), and Callan Mulvey (“300: Birth of an Empire”). Cineflix Rights is the exclusive international distribution partner.
ACQUISITION OF RIGHTS
Atresmedia Televisión has acquired the rights to the guessing game show “Password” from Mipcom. The new adaptation of the format will be produced locally by Fremantle Spain. The format is a highlight in Fremantle’s entertainment slate on the market.
“Password” has already been revived in the United States by NBC, featuring jimmy fallon and hosted by Keke Palmer. The refreshed series launched as the most-watched new unscripted series premiere of the summer, on US broadcast networks.
STEVE JONES GOES BEYOND
Seasoned TV frame Steve Jones joined Beyond rights‘ London-based team to fill the newly created role, as SVP of Development. Its mandate is to develop original ideas for documented and popular factual series that meet market demand. Jones has worked in the UK and Australia in a range of senior roles, including editor and executive producer, entertainment and factual, at Sky 1; executive producer, factual and factual entertainment at Discovery Networks Europe; director of development and series producer at CJZ Productions; and executive producer and head of development at Endemol Southern Star. He also co-founded Big Little Fish Television in 2019, the British indie he co-directed for over two years.
BACK IN SPACE
australia SLR productions announced the production of the second season of the award-winning original CGI animated series, “Space Nova” for ABC ME. The 15 x 22 minute season received major production funding from both Australia Screen and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation as well as funding for the development of ABC ME and Create NSW. “Space Nova” will be co-produced with funny garage in Malaysia and distributed internationally by ZDF Studios, with ACTF representing the series across Australia and New Zealand. Targeting a global audience of six to ten years old, the first season was sold to broadcasters or streamers in Germany, UK, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Poland, USA, Singapore , East Asia, Indonesia and Brazil.
SLR gives the line as follows: “On the brink of their greatest mission ever – to travel to the incredible planet of Stardustian – the Novas’ ship is nearly destroyed, throwing them off course and stranding their new friend Ziggy in Parts Unknown Now, to find Ziggy and unravel a “universal imbalance”, the Novas will have to question everything they thought they knew about space: to see the unseen, to know the unknowable, and to find the untraceable.”
THE LION’S LAST ROAR
Zee MoreIndia’s co-production and development arm Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., announced “The Lion’s Last Roar», like his last co-production with the British Black-smith. The series, which will be distributed internationally by FTV, is currently in production and will be available in March 2023. The two-part premium documentary is filmed in 4K and explores the subject of lion conservation. India is the only country outside of Africa where lions live in the wild, but their numbers have plummeted. Zee Plus and Talesmith previously teamed up on “Life of Earth: From Space” and “Life of Earth: The Age of Humans”, for Zee Entertainment and Smithsonian Networks.
“The new abolitionists,» a documentary film by Christina Zorich, will kick off its Oscar qualifying tour on Friday at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica. The film traces Zorich’s journey as she follows committed abolitionists, Christian ministries and NGOs, across Southeast Asia as they attempt to end human sex trafficking in Cambodia and Thailand. . The film is presented as part of “Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World”, a selection of films and documentaries that raise awareness of important social issues, founded by Catherine Kramer.
that of Singapore Asian TV Forum and Market is to launch two pitch sessions including one in partnership with streamer Videolooking at the Indonesian market, the other with Discovery of Warner Bros. looking for dramatic concepts for the Thai market. Finalists from both pitches will be able to pitch their ideas to industry veterans at ATF (December 7-9, 2022) at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center as part of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority. The market has already announced other pitch sessions focusing on animation, formats, Chinese content and an IP accelerator.
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