That's a wrap, basically
L.A. Screenings all but over with days to goIf you blinked, you missed it.
There might be a handful of international TV buyers who still don't know the hottest series from the studios on offer at the Los Angeles Screenings. But for most, their work will be done by today.
With just 18 full pilots showing this year along with well-honed shorter presentations, the word was out among buyers by the weekend what was in the bidding zone. In previous years, buyers were marking off tick sheets up until the final day of the Screenings, which this year run through Friday.
"I think we all pretty much knew coming in what to look out for, and some of us even went ahead to the New York upfronts the week before to get a preview," said Richard Sattler, a veteran international acquisitions consultant who represents numerous European TV stations.
Fox began screenings Friday when a coterie of Australians, British and other European buyers was on hand. By Sunday, word was out that Fox's Joss Whedon drama "Dollhouse" was a contender for bidding (HR 5/19).
CBS Paramount's screening the following day had Latin American buyers rolling in the aisles for the sitcom "Worst Week" while marking the Benjamin Bratt drama "The Cleaner" as a hot-ticket item. Monday saw Warner Bros. set the pace with buzz aplenty for J.J. Abrams' "Fringe" and Jerry Bruckheimer's "Eleventh Hour" (HR 5/20). Tuesday had buyers notching up NBC Universal's Ian McShane drama "Kings" and the Christian Slater starrer "My Own Worst Enemy."
Olle Mirme, director of programming and acquisitions at Kanal 2 in Estonia, liked the edgy new WBITV dramedy "Truth in Advertising." (partialdiff)