Planet Plus Orders Munich Hostage Thriller Doc
French television channel Planete Plus has commissioned the factual political thriller “Munich: games and blood” from Pernel Media to mark the 50and anniversary of the hostage crisis that rocked the Munich Olympics on September 5, 1972. Written by Philippe Saada, Yossi Melman and cinematographer Marc Dugain, the documentary is narrated by three protagonists present at the original event where Israeli athletes were taken hostage by black Palestinian terrorists in September: an ex-terrorist, a member of the German police and a Mossad agent. Doc combines this 360° view with exclusive testimonial archives and revelations from declassified documents.
The executive producers of Pernel Media are Fabrice Frank and Samuel Kissous. The feature film was commissioned by Christine Cauquelin of Planète Plus, head of documentaries, Canal Plus Group.
NBCU’s SYFY series “The Ark” sold to Electric Entertainment
Los Angeles-based Electric Entertainment has signed a multi-territory deal with NBCUniversal International Networks & Direct-To-Consumer for its original SYFY US television series “The Ark.” These territories include SYFY in France, Spain and Portugal and SCIFI in the Balkans and Poland. The deal also extends to licensing “Leverage: Redemption” (Season 2), “Almost Paradise” (Season 2), “13and Street” and “Diva” in certain territories. Ordered straight-to-series for 12 episodes by SYFY in the United States, “The Ark” is set 100 years in the future when planetary colonization missions began to help ensure the survival of the human race. The series is currently filming in Belgrade, Serbia.
Norway Pubcaster NRK Orders Leonard Cohen Drama Series
Norwegian broadcaster NRK has commissioned London-based Buccaneer Media and Oslo-headquartered Redpoint Productions to produce the drama series ‘So Long, Marianne’, based on the life of iconic folk singer Leonard Cohen and his muse, Marianne Ihlen.
NRK retains the distribution rights for the series (8 x 45′) in English/Norwegian for Norway as well as in Scandinavia. The series is set in Ihlen’s home in Oslo as well as London, New York and Montreal, with most taking place on the Greek island of Hydra, where they lived in the 1960s. Developed by Ingeborg Klyve, Øystein Karlsen and Tony Wood and written by Øystein Karlsen of Redpoint, “So Long, Marianne” will be co-produced with Connect3 Media, which will facilitate the Canadian elements of the production. Production begins in February 2023.
Zee Content unveils MipTV Slate
Mumbai-based Zee Content Sales unveils a MipTV slate filled with family, romance, costume dramas and action films. The licensing and syndication arm of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), which boasts one of the largest libraries of creative and broadcast entertainment content in the world, features 40 new shows launched over the past two years. Said Ashok Namboodiri, Commercial Director of International Affairs at ZEEL, “MIPTV 2022 will set the trend for all markets coming into the year as industry players look forward to networking ‘in person’ again.” Zee’s lineup includes Bollywood action films led by “Sooryavanshi”, “Sanak”, “Squad”, “URI – The Surgical Strike”; sports and theater – “Rashmi Rocket” and top-rated drama series: “Bhagya Lakshmi”, “Kundali Bhagya”; costume – “Kashibai Bajirao Ballal” and culinary and lifestyle – “Baker’s Table”.