MIPCOM: BBC, Germany's RTL Take French Sci-Fi Series 'Missions'

Courtesy of VP Groupe AB

The award-winning drama follows an expedition to Mars, which becomes a rescue mission to save a competitor's ship and crew.

BBC Four, German network RTL Passion and Danish public broadcaster DR have boarded French sci-fi series Missions.

The space series, about an expedition to Mars that turns into a rescue mission, has been snatched up by multiple European networks after its critical acclaim at television festivals this year. The BBC, RTL and DR have acquired rights for both season one and the upcoming second season of Missions. France's Empreinte Digitale produces the series and AMC Networks has come on as a co-producer for season two, with shooting set to kick off next year.

The series, created by Henri Debeurme, Julien Lacombe and Ami Cohen, and directed by Lacombe, won the Discovery Prize at French festival Series Mania and took the TV Critics' best series awards at the MIP Drama Screenings in Cannes in April

VP Groupe, which is handling international sales for the show, said that for the U.K. and German market it had also closed second window deals with AMC Network's streaming platform Shudder. In Denmark, DR has exclusive all-platform rights to Missions.

"To create, in France, an original sci-fi and adventure series paying tribute to great movies on the conquest of space was a childhood dream,” said Debeurme. “This partnership is a source of great pride and a great reward for the ambition and the talent of every enthusiast who has made this crazy bet possible."

VP Groupe will be shopping Missions to buyers at the MIPCOM TV trade fair in Cannes next week.