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It may have been a quieter MipTV this year, with attendee numbers down 5% from 2018 and key players BBC Studios, Fox Networks Group and Endemol Shine all absent from the market, but there has still been a buzz of activity over the past week. Variety looks back at some of the key television deals and announcements that were causing a stir on the Croisette.
*In one of the biggest deals of MipTV, Telefonica’s pay TV unit Movistar+ closed a multi-year distribution-production alliance with Germany’s Beta Film. Beta already distributed Movistar+ series on a title-by-title basis but the new deal transforms the arrangement into a partnership which will play through all stages of the value chain from early development. It provides Beta Film exclusive international distribution rights, excluding Spain and sometimes Latin America, to approximately six Movistar+ series a year. The two companies will also look to finance, develop and co-produce at least one drama series a year.
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*One of the highest-profile titles in the market, hit German crime drama “Babylon Berlin” (pictured), saw massive international interest for its third season. Beta Film unveiled the first footage from the, still shooting, new season at MipTV and announced it has sold in more than 35 countries, including China via Lemon Tree Media. Netflix will stream the show in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Other international buyers include Blue Entertainment (Brazil); Movistar+ (Spain); Mediawan (France); NRK (Norway); Telenet (Belgium); YLE (Finland); DR (Denmark); pay-TV operator Viasat (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, CIS); and HBO Europe (Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania).
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*Viacom International Studios unveiled a raft of international deals including Channel 4 acquiring Comedy Central sitcom “The Other Two” for its youth-oriented E4 brand. Viacom also signed deals...
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