MIPCOM: 5 Dramas Hoping to Be the Next 'Game of Thrones'

8:00 AM 10/13/2017

by Scott Roxborough

The search for the next TV hit begins in Cannes as show creators go high-concept to win over international buyers.

Courtesy of Sky Vision; Sony Pictures Entertainment; DCD Rights

The global trends that will shape the TV industry of the future get their test drive in Cannes at the annual MIPCOM trade fair. Disruption has become a theme in recent years, as the expansion of digital and online channels shakes up traditional business models, while local TV has gained strength, not only dominating primetime at home in Germany, Japan or Turkey, but increasingly expanding abroad as well. A fresh focus on the demands of the global audience is being matched by a long-overdue interest in female viewers. The 2017 MIPCOM Personality of the Year, Discovery Communications president and CEO David Zaslav, recently closed a $14.6 billion deal to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive and the largely female audience for its lifestyle channels, including HGTV, Travel Channel and Food Network. But front and center at MIPCOM this year will be the programming, and THR has picked five new dramas that could take international buyers by storm.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

  • Britannia

    Sales: Sky Vision

    The most ambitious of the international series looking to be the next Game of Thrones, this fantasy drama from Amazon and Sky in Britain is set in 43 A.D. as the Roman army marches north to crush the Celts, led by warrior women and powerful druids who claim they can channel the forces of the underworld. Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoe Wanamaker and Nikolaj Lie Kaas co-star.

  • Counterpart

    Sales: Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons finally gets his own small-screen vehicle: an espionage mystery with a supernatural edge. Simmons plays Howard Silk, a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based U.N. spy agency, who discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of how to cross into a parallel dimension.

  • Deep State

    Sales: Fox Networks Group Content Distribution

    Fox Networks Group's first-ever series commissioned specifically for its international viewers, this spy thriller from Matthew Parkhill, creator of Audience Network's Rogue, features Kingsman star Mark Strong as an ex-spook sent back into the field to avenge the death of his son.

  • Gone

    Sales: NBCUniversal International

    Sex and the City's Chris Noth returns to TV with this procedural in which he plays an FBI agent who teams up with the survivor of a famous child-abduction case (played by Leven Rambin) to solve abductions and missing person cases. This is the first series in NBCUniversal's European drama pact with German channel RTL and French network TF1.

  • Romper Stomper

    Sales: DCD Rights

    Courtesy of DCD Rights

    This Australian drama, based on the 1992 film of the same name starring Russell Crowe, comes in the wake of the success of TNT's Animal Kingdom, another series adapted from a cult Aussie film. Original writer-director Geoffrey Wright updated his tale of Melbourne neo-Nazis for the TV version, which shifts perspectives among Aussie skinheads, the anti-fascists fighting them and young Muslims caught in the middle.