Sales pick up for Imagina's 'Countdown'


MADRID -- French broadcaster TF1 has picked up the second season of Spain's popular police drama "Countdown," as Fox Channel picked up first season rights for Italy and Canadian channel Serie + signed on for the first two seasons to run consecutively, Imagina International Sales announced Tuesday.

Three European territories will also see local adaptations of the series, produced by Spanish TV production powerhouse Globomedia. The German production company MME/FILMPOOL and Italy's Magnolia have acquired options for the format. The Romanian production company Mediapro Pictures will adapt the series and also broadcast the original version on a national channel, according to Imagina.

"Countdown," which runs on Spain's channel Cuatro, snags about 8% of the audience share in primetime.

Additionally, Italy's Rizzoli and Mexico's TV Azteca have picked up rights to mystery drama "Boarding School," aired on Spain's Antena 3.

Imagina will present new product at MIPTV, such as "LEX," the latest fiction series about lawyers produced by Globomedia, starring Javier Camara, and documentaries "A drop in the ocean" and the scientific "The man who unfolded a thousand hearts."