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MIPTV Hidden Gem: Canadian Coma Dramedy ‘Audrey’s Back’

Audrey’s Back, the Canadian dramedy that this week won the Grand Prize at France’s Canneseries television festival, is your typical coming-of-age story, says co-creator Guillaume Lambert, “just 15 years too late.” The plot of the 10-part series, which had its international premiere in Cannes this week, follows Audrey, a coma patient who suddenly wakes up […]

MIPTV: Connie Nielsen on Becoming Karen Blixen in ‘The Dreamer’

How do you turn an Amazon into an author? For Connie Nielsen, the Danish star perhaps best known as Queen Hippolyta in the Wonder Woman films, it took six months of fasting and taking a deep dive into the life and work of one of her’s country’s most acclaimed writers: Karen Blixen, the author of […]

Israeli Drama ‘The Lesson’ Wins Best Series at Canneseries Festival

Israeli series The Lesson, a sociopolitical drama set around a conflict between a 40-something teacher and a 17-year-old student, was the big winner of this year’s Canneseries television festival. The series took the top prize for best series and the best performance award for series star Maya Landsman, who plays the student to Fauda’s Doron […]

Why ‘Spider-Man’ Sidekick Jacob Batalon Is Ready to Be the Leading Man

Jacob Batalon, it must be said, looks like a boss. When the actor, best-known for playing Peter Parker’s bumbling sidekick Ned Leeds in the Tom Holland-era Spider-Man films, rolls up to our interview at the Canneseries television festival, he’s rocking a look I’ll call early 1990s hip-hop producer: all designer specs, gold chain and spotless […]

Royal Reboot ‘Sisi’ Sells Wide, Gets Second Season Greenlight (Exclusive)

The reign of Sisi will continue. German broadcaster RTL and production and sales outfit Beta Film have greenlit a second season of Sisi, a TV series based  based on the real-life 19th century royal romance between Elizabeth “Sisi” of Bavaria and her husband, Austrian-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph. The Sisi story was turned into a series of […]

Sky Orders Benito Mussolini Drama Series ‘M. Son of the Century’

The rise of Benito Mussolini and the birth of Italian fascism is set to be dramatized in a new series ordered by Comcast-owned Sky and unveiled by Sky Studios CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz in her MIPTV keynote on Tuesday. M. Son of the Century, based on the international best-selling book by Antonio Scurati, is being produced […]

MIPTV: German Period Drama ‘House of Promises’ Wins MIPDrama Buyers Award

House of Promises, the new German period drama from the makers of Babylon Berlin, has won the top prize for best series at MIPDrama, a showcase event for international buyers at the international television market MIPTV. Buyers picked House of Promises as the best series in this year’s MIPDrama lineup, a group that included such […]

MIPTV: HBO Max Intl. Boss Calls Global Streaming a “Three-Horse Race,” Targets 40 European Originals by 2023

The battle for the global streaming market is a “three-horse race,” and HBO Max plans to be one of those three, said Johannes Larcher, head of HBO Max International, during a keynote session Tuesday at the international television market MIPTV. Larcher made a hard pitch for the Warner Bros. streaming service, currently available in 61 […]

MIPTV: MHz Choice Takes North American Rights on French Series ‘Paris Police,’ ‘UFOs’

U.S. streaming service MHz Networks has picked up rights across North America for three top French series, namely the crime drama Paris Police, mystery comedy UFOs and the entire eight-season run of critically acclaimed cop drama Spiral from Studiocanal, the two companies unveiled on Tuesday. The deal includes VOD and home entertainment rights for Paris Police, currently […]

MIPTV: Sony Talks Bad Wolf Acquisition, Sets ‘The Winter King’ as First Series

Sony Pictures Televsion and fast-rising British drama producers Bad Wolf (His Dark Materials) on Monday shared a stage for the first time since Sony acquired Bad Wolf in December, paying a reported $80 million for a majority stake in the Wales-based production company. Bad Wolf co-CEO Jane Tranter and Wayne Garvie, president of international productions […]

MIPTV: Ukraine TV Industry Asks for Global Support to Continue Operating

The Ukraine TV industry is out in force at the MIPTV international television market, calling for the global TV business to support them while their country remains under siege from Russia. The biggest players in the Ukraine market, including FILM.UA Group, Media Group Ukraine, StarLight Media and 1+1 Media, are jointly presenting at a national […]

MIPTV: Candle Media’s Kevin Mayer on Billion-Dollar Deals and the Importance of Staying Independent

Kevin Mayer, co-CEO of Candle Media, gave a look under the hood of the fast-growing Blackstone-backed media company he runs with Tom Staggs at the opening keynote of the 2022 MIPTV international television market Monday. Mayer took the stage together with Rene Rechtman, CEO of Moonbug Entertainment, the kids’ entertainment group that Candle acquired for […]