Producer: Cineflix Studios
Pitch: Tom Fontana, creator of Oz and Homicide, Life on the Streets, re-imagines the mean streets of 19th century New York in this period crime drama. Set in NYC’s Five Points Irish neighborhood, Cooper follows a tough, Irish cop forced to navigate between the dangerous downtown immigrant neighborhoods and the political intrigues of uptown Manhattan.
Sales: Beta Film
Reality Competition Format
Producers: Electus, 5x5 Media, Magical Elves, Global Fashion Association
Pitch: This new reality format combines Project Runway with Next Top Model in a competition between designers to build the world’s next big fashion brand. Supermodel Elle Macpherson hosts the series and will act as executive producer. Sales: Electus
Producers: Kudos Film, Big Light Productions
Pitch: The modern-day spy thriller stars Grey’s Anatomy’s Melissa George as an elite intelligence operative who becomes a target for assassination. From the mind of X Files producer Frank Spotnitz and directed by SJ Clarkson (Dexter, Heroes), Hunted will bow on the BBC and HBO Cinemax this fall.
Sales: Shine International
Producers: Canal+, Chic Films, Euro Media, Scarlett Production
Pitch: Afghanistan is the odd setting for this original French comedy. A former solider of fortune sets up a French eatery in Kabul, which soon becomes the place to be for western humanitarian workers in the Afghan capital. But the arrival of his estranged, and idealistic, daughter throws a wrench in the works, as does the attention his money-spinning operation draws from local politicians and warlords.
Sales: AB International Distribution
The Possibility Shop
Producers: The Jim Henson Company
Pitch: The arts-and-crafts show hosted by Courtney Watkins has proved its staying power with a third series on Disneyfamily.com. Jim Henson Co. will be shopping the family-friendly format to international buyers and producers with an eye for local adaptations.
Sales: The Jim Henson Company
Producers: Tiger Aspect Productions
Pitch: This new BBC series follows four very different women linked by a single factor: their husbands are serving time in prison. Truly Desperate Housewives.
Sales: Endemol Distribution
Science Fiction Series
Producers: Matador Film, SVT
Pitch: A Swedish sci-fi series set in a parallel world where A.I. technology has created an assembly line of HUBOTS – human robots. A ratings smash in Sweden, Real Humans is looking to MIP to spread its dystopia worldwide.
Sales: Shine International
The Last Reality Show
Producer: ART 89
Pitch: This Swedish scripted format is a mash up of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and The Walking Dead. A cast of 10 local reality show celebs are sent out into the woods ostensibly to record a new reality series. But a plague breaks out, turning the population into brain-hungry zombies and the C-listers have to fight for their lives.
Sales: Sparks Network
Reality Drama Series
Producers: Clifton Shores, MarVista Entertainment, Clive Morris Productions
Pitch: A high-end version of Jersey Shore, South African-set The Shores takes four gorgeous American women to Cape Town to work for the events company of local tycoon, and series creator Quinton van der Burgh.
Sales: MarVista Entertainment
World Without End
Producers: Tandem Communication, Scott Free, Take 5 Productions
Pitch: The sequel to the Emmy-winning epic The Pillars of the Earth. The action - again based on the Ken Follett bestseller - moves from England in the mid-12th century to the early 14th. But World Without End keeps the winning mix of A-list stars (Cynthia Nixon, Ben Chaplin, Miranda Richardson), a Hollywood helmer (Rob Roy director Michael Caton-Jones) and feature-film production values.
Sales: Tandem Communications
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