What's Hot with International TV Buyers
When the U.S. upfronts wrap in New York, the real TV action begins for the rest of the world.
About 1,500 international buyers hit Los Angeles on May 18 for screenings, parties and negotiations to determine which U.S. shows will go global. "With the growth of the international market, L.A. Screenings has become even more important," CBS Studios International chief Armando Nunez says. Five projects generating interest:
Boss (Lionsgate TV)
It's a shortform series, but previous Starz effort Spartacus: Blood and Sand proved a strong international draw. Producer-star Kelsey Grammer is well known around the world, and the plot promises plenty of twists.
Charlie's Angels (Sony Pictures TV)
The original series was syndicated worldwide, and the movies were big hits. Campy action featuring beautiful people often plays very well overseas (see Baywatch).
Person of Interest (Warner Bros. TV)
Co-creator J.J. Abrams' name value travels well, as does the action-thriller spy genre. Movie stars James Caviezel and Taraji P. Henson help.
Prime Suspect (ITV Studios)
U.S. version of Lynda La Plante's British hit about a female detective will benefit from residual buzz about Helen Mirren's performance. Plus, star Maria Bello is known from the third Mummy film and ER, and co-star Aidan Quinn is popular worldwide.
Terra Nova (Fox )
Producer Steven Spielberg, pricey special effects and an Avatar-meets-Jurassic Park trailer has led to big buzz for this sci-fi spectacle.