Deal Memo: MIPTV


CANNES -- Discovery Communications has extended licensing deals for its hit animal series "Deadliest Catch" and "Man Vs. Wild" in a slew of international territories. Channel 4 in the U.K. re-upped on both series. Australia's Network Ten, Astral Media in Canada and Viasat Broadcasting in Scandinavia are among the channels that renewed "Deadliest Catch" while "Man Vs. Wild" will return to Spain's Sogecable, Greece's SKA1, RTL Hrvatska in Croatia and Sky Network Television in New Zealand among others.

-- France 2 will produce a local-language version of German science/entertainment format "Clever!" after acquiring remake rights from Germany's SevenOne International. France 2 will do a daily access primetime version of the show, which is a weekly format in Germany, with the first episode scheduled to go to air April 6.

-- ITV Global Entertainment on Monday secured deals for MTV series "Old Skool" in 40 territories including Australia, Canada and Latin America and announced a new deal to distribute "How's Your News?" from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The six, 30-minute MTV documentary episodes feature a team of reporters with disabilities who drive across America in a customized tour bus documenting their experiences along the way.

-- Germany's Bavaria Media has sold the remake rights to French Telenovela "Second Chance" to more than 20 countries in the Middle East and Africa. The Lebanese company Charisma Prods. has signed on to produce an Arabic version of the TF1 hit, which follows the story of a woman forced to reinvent herself when she leaves her husband after 18 years of marriage.

-- Autentic, the nonfiction sales joint venture set up last year by Patrick Horl, former managing director of the Discovery Channel in Germany, and Jan Mojto's Beta Film is set to launch its first factual-focused pay TV channel for the German market. The as-yet-unnamed channel will draw on programming from Autentic's library of documentary, lifestyle, travel and entertainment titles. The company just added thousands of hours to its inventory, signing a deal with Lightworks Program Distribution to handle Lightworks entire non-fiction catalog in Germany-speaking Europe.

-- FremantleMedia has promoted Vasha Wallace to senior vp format acquisitions in recognition of her acquisition of a slew of successful formats including "Let's Dance" and "Hole In The Wall," which the company said is its fastest selling format to date. She will expand her remit to include responsibility for all format acquisitions across the FremantleMedia Group, including scripted and unscripted formats. She will report to Rob Clark, FremantleMedia's senior vp entertainment and production.

-- Sony pay TV channel AXN in Germany has signed a major package deal with Herbert Kloiber's Tele-Munchen Group for film rights from TMG's massive catalog. The deal, parts of which extend through 2012, includes the first two "Terminator" films and the "Jurassic Park," "Rambo" and "Highlander" trilogies.

-- Movie channel Cinemax from HBO Central Europe will launch this week in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia, bringing the number of countries across Central and Eastern Europe in which it's available to 10. All movies will broadcast in local-language versions.