BBC's 'Family' affair an int'l one


International sales of DLT Entertainment's multi-award winning British sitcom "My Family" have brought the series into all the main foreign territories.

The sitcom, which has been at the top of the ratings for all of its seven seasons on BBC One, has been sold to more then 30 countries, including the U.S. to BBC America and PBS stations across the country. The show, which stars British icons Zoe Wanamaker and Robert Lindsay, has begun filming its eighth season in London.

"We're especially proud that the show has found such a large international audience," DLT Entertainment vp Don Taffner Jr. said. "It is especially noteworthy that the show's humor translates well for audiences everywhere. It is further evidence that when you get that magical combination of writing and casting right, traditional sitcoms continue to be a much loved and well received form of comedy worldwide."

"My Family" is unique in that it became the first U.K. sitcom to be written and produced utilizing the Hollywood-style "writers table" system with a full team of writers on board. British TV series are more typically written by a single head writer.

Taffner said that the process of developing a U.S. version of the series has begun and he anticipates it will be pitched to networks here shortly. The series has been sold to YTV in Canada, ABC in Australia, Comedie! in France, Paramount Comedy Channel in Germany and Italy, RTE in Ireland and VRTV in Belgium. It also has been sold into various Middle East markets, including Saudi Arabia.