'Pillars' set for Spain, Germany

ProSieben, Sogecable pick up free TV rights

COLOGNE, Germany -- Germany's ProSieben and Spain's Sogecable have become the first networks to sign up for Tandem Communications/Scott Free Prods.' adaptation of Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth."

The two European commercial TV giants have picked up free TV rights for their territories to the best-seller, which is set around the building of a cathedral in 12th century England.

An Oprah Book Club Selection, Follett's novel has been a sales phenomenon around the world. Tandem is handling world sales on the TV series.

Tandem topper Rola Bauer negotiated the deals with ProSieben free TV head Andreas Bartl and Sogecable head of acquisitions Cuatro Angel Lopez Armendariz. Tandem and Scott Free will begin prep on "Pillars" in the fall.