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Following the inaugural Canneseries festival and with the MipTV trade fare coming to a close, Variety looks back at some of the key television deals and announcements impacting the Croisette:
*In the biggest production news of the market, “The Wire’s” David Simon and Spain’s Mediapro announced they are in co-development on a new Simon series project, “A Dry Run,” about Abraham Lincoln Battalion members fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War.
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*In Canneseries’ highest-profile sales deal, France’s Canal Plus announced it had acquired Phoebe Waller Bridge’s Canneseries’ competition favorite “Killing Eve.” HBO Europe also snapped up the show across Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia, and Scandinavia.
*One of the biggest drama announcements of the week saw Beta Film and Red Bull Media House announce they were teaming to develop a five-season, high-end soccer drama called “The Net.” Inspired by true events, each season will comprise eight episodes with production expected to commence in 2019/2020.
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*In a busy MipTV for Beta Film the German company also announced that it would partner with the Middle East’s O3 Productions to develop and co-produce multiple series from the Middle East and North Africa that bridge the Arab and European worlds; Beta revealed new deals on hit high-end German drama “Babylon Berlin” for Africa and India; and, ahead of the market grabbed up international rights to another high-end period drama, French production: “Victor Hugo – Enemy of the State.”
*Meanwhile Starz snapped up U.S. rights on a trio of European dramas from Beta Film, including Spain’s noirish fantasy thriller “La Zona,” Italian crime series “Rocco Schiavone” and German period epic “Maximilian and Marie de Bourgogne.”
*Canneseries - News - Amazon - Prime - Video
*Canneseries kicked off with news that Amazon Prime Video had acquired second-run rights to Italian competition entry “The Hunter” from Rai as part of a content package of Rai shows for Amazon local platform.
*Studiocanal unveiled multiple...
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