Sales of 'Hotel Portofino,' &, / Two Lives' Book International Sales
As the Cannes-set global television market begins to close, MIPCOM continues to receive a steady stream of deals.
The most notable series deals include pre-sales of the PBS/ITV upstairs/downstairs drama Hotel Portofino, which Beta Film has sold to public broadcasters in the Nordic countries and the Netherlands. Natascha McElhone (Californication, Designated Survivor) plays a British family who emigrate to Italy in 1920, just as Benito Mussolini's Fascists are on the rise. Mark Umbers and Anna Chancellor co-star alongside italian talents Daniele Pecci, Lorenzo Richelmy, and Rocco Fasano.
ITV, Britbox, Sky Italia, and Foxtel, among others, have all jumped on the drama, which Eagle Eyes Jo McGrath and Walter Iuzzolino are producing in association with Beta. PBS holds North American rights. Beta stated that further negotiations with a number of international broadcasters are currently in the works.
Two Lives, a Spanish daily drama from StudioCanals Bamb Producciones (Cable Girls), has been sold to RTI Mediaset, which has 255 episodes of the series, with the italian company buying up Julia, 36, in present-day Madrid, and Carmen, 25, in Rio Muni, the Spanish colony in the 1950s.
All3Media International has secured new commissions for its Snackmasters cooking competition show, in which top chefs compete to create perfect replicas of one of the nations most-loved snacks. The rights to their own adaptations of the show, the original version of which, produced by Optomen Television, airs on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, were granted by Belgian broadcaster RTL TVI and Nine Network in Australia.