A crest for MarVista's 'Break'

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Independent production and distribution house MarVista Entertainment has unveiled a global slate of clearances for its sun-and-surf drama "Beyond the Break." The pre-MIPTV announcement includes a deal with Star World that has footprints in 30 countries across Asia.

The series that airs on Viacom's the N was crafted by MarVista -- one of the few independents still offering primetime drama to the international marketplace -- as a vehicle for broadcasters to capture younger demographics. It features four girls looking to become world-class surfers.

As it enters its second season, "Break" also has been newly cleared on TV2 in Norway, TV2 in Denmark, RAI in Italy and La Sexta in Spain, among others.

The series also is signed up with M6 in France, VRAK TV in French Canada and in Belgium with Club RTL, according to president Michael Jacobs.

Jacobs said in an interview that the worldwide second-season launch for the series, which is shot in Hawaii, will spawn several new primetime series that will be announced shortly.

Jacobs said the company also is continuing a program-acquisition strategy that has resulted in about 200 hours of TV being bought in during the past year.

Coinciding with Monday's announcement was news from Los Angeles-based MarVista of an expansion in its sales team ahead of this month's MIPTV in Cannes. Beatrice McMillan will serve as vp sales, overseeing program licensing to several territories, including Germany, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, Mexico and Brazil. Vanessa Goglio also joins the company as vp sales, managing such territories as France, Italy, Japan and Scandinavia.

Additionally, MarVista CEO Fernando Szew said that the company has concluded a significant licensing agreement with pan-Latin channel National Geographic for the series "The Zula Patrol." The series, which teaches kids about science and astronomy, is scheduled for broadcast on the channel's new preschool block, "Nat Geo and Me."
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