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Télé Images International reaps €1 million in sales at Mipcom


10/29/2007

Mipcom has been extremely fruitful for Télé Images International, with estimated total sales exceeding €1 million. Two trends stand out for the group from this year’s participation: the runaway success of Télé Images new fiction titles in major markets, and a stellar performance for the 2nd series of Street Football, which looks set to be a major winner.
Fiction:
The mini-series Agatha’ Double continues its outstanding run of success. Following-on the heels of Antena 3 (Spain), TV5 Europe, TV Polska and Zodiak TV (Russia and the countries of the ex-CIS), the mini-series has also been sold to the Czech Republic (Czeck TV), with sales currently being finalized to Germany (Bayerische Rundfunk), Sweden and Hungary.
Agatha’s Double (2 X 90’ or 4 X 52’) is a GTV / Be-Films / France 2 co-production.
The mini-series Where are you? made a big splash during Mipcom, with writer Marc Levy (a first-time adaptation for the small screen) present at the salon in Cannes, together with producer-director Miguel Courtois and actor Elsa Lunghini. The 2 X 90’ or 4 X 52’ mini-series received a very warm welcome, and the show looks set for very big things in the future future. First sales of the series went to Spain’s Antena 3, with negotiations in the advanced stages with Canada, Turkey and eastern-European countries.
Where are you? is a Mai Juin production for French channel M6, in association with Teva, RTL TVI and Be Films.
The prestigious fiction Dombey and Son – a 2 X 90’ adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel and produced by Sandra d’Aboville for GTV – recorded sales to Slovenia (RTV Slovenija) and Russia (Kultura).
In addition to Agatha’s Double and the series Highlander: the Raven (22 X 52’), Russian channel Zodiak TV also purchased a broad selection of single-episode fictions, including An Old Man’s Secret (a 90’ prestigious production for TF1, and famous French actor Michel Serrault’s final role), Trading Faces, The Lovers From the Grave and Lovely Lies.
Also of note was the intense interest shown by Japanese buyers for Agatha’s Double, Where are you? and Télé Images innovative mini-series Shock Waves, presented for the very first time at Mipcom.
Animation:
Buyers of the first season of Street Football were eagerly awaiting the release of the 2nd season, which already looks set to repeat it’s first-round success. Without even waiting to see the first episode of the new season (available December), RTFB (Belgium), South Africa’s SABC, NRK (Norway), Selecta Vision (Spain) and CFI have already announced their intention to purchase all 26 of the 2nd season’s episodes. A host of other clients, all highly satisfied with their purchase of first season – in markets such as the Netherlands, the Middle-East, Latin America (Cartoon Network), Mexico (Televisa), Portugal (RTP) and Ireland (RTE) – will enter sales negotiations as soon as the first episodes of season 2 become available.
A number of customers, including SABC, took advantage of the salon to renew their rights to the first season.
The fun and educational children’s series Adiboo, a Télé Images Kids production for France 5, continues it’s outstanding performance, with new sales recorded to Slovenia (Slovenija TV), Poland (video), Portugal (RTP) and Malaysia. These latest markets add to the list of the series’ first buyers, which include Turkey, the Middle East (All Time), North Korea (C4U) and South Korea (EBS), Poland, Romania, the Ukraine, the states of the ex-CIS, South Africa (SABC), Canada (Télé Québec), Morocco (Soread) and Hong-Kong (TBL).
Adibou, 40 X 5’, is a Télé Images Kids and Coktel/Mindscape co-production for France 5, Tiji and Cap Canal.