'Grand Star' to shine on RAI

Italian net to air 26 half-hours of teen series

TORONTO -- Canadian producer CarpeDiem Film and TV said Tuesday that it sold its teen outer space series "Grand Star" to RAI.

Britain's Park Entertainment and Rome-based GA&A sold the Italian network 26 half-hours of the TV series, which already airs on Canada's Space and A-Channels and France 2.

The sci-fi series about a young teen attempting to retrieve the sun's warmth in a futuristic ice age was co-produced by CarpeDiem and Galafilm in Canada, Stephan Films in France and Belgium's Stromboli Pictures.

In other pre-MIPCOM news, Canadian distributor Decode Enterprises has acquired the TV, DVD and consumer products rights to British producer Adastra Creative's "Grandpa in My Pocket," a 13-episode, half-hour kids series now in development for CBeebies.