Mipcom Roundup: A+E Sells, Ovation Buys, Fremantle Dating Format Takes Off

Variety | 10/13/2019 | Jamie Lang
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In Variety’s second Mipcom roundup Ovation announces a raft of series and TV movie pickups, Nelson Mandela’s autobiographical recordings will be developed into a docuseries by Zig Zag and Hipster Media, A+E sells “Project Blue Book” to Viasat World and RTL, All The Kids and El Cañonazo are set to team in Spain on new formats; “Property Brothers: Forever Home” sells worldwide; and Fremantle’s latest dating show format sells in Holland and Sweden.

U.S. arts network Ovation and picked up rights to season three of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” as well as Jon brewer’s TV documentary film “Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark” from international distribution outfit Kew Media Distribution. Set among the world of British aristocrats, “Frankie” is set in 1920s Toronto and turns the female-only PI agency Drake Private Detectives.

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Further reinforcing the network’s focus on empowered women, Ovation also announced the pickup of five Lifetime TV movies in a deal with A+E Networks Intl. Included in the deal are “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” “Betty and Coretta,” “House of Versace,” “Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart” and “Trip to Bountiful,” all of which will air on Ovation’s linear channel and the network’s on-demand service Ovation Now.

A+E Networks has announced that two new major broadcasters have picked up the Robert Zemeckis-produced UFO series “Project Blue Book.” The series was this year’s top new fiction cable TV series, averaging 3.2 million total viewers in Live+7 delivery. Viasat World (15+ Pan CEE markets) and RTL (Germany) have picked up Seasons 1 and 2 of the show, increasing the number of countries in which it will broadcast to 165. The now 20-episode series is based on historical top-secret investigations into UFOs and other extra-terrestrial phenomena conducted by the U.S. Military in the mid-20th century. It’s starred by “Games of Thrones” Aidan Gillen and “The...
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