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Show of the Week: Prison Island

Set on a beautiful island in Brittany, France, this thrilling six-hour drama tracks a group of armed activists who take the population hostage, but seemingly without a motive. The group are highly organised but they do not count on five people – passengers of a shuttle linking the island to the mainland – who manage to […]

Austria’s ORF joins Beta Film’s big-budget ‘Rise Of The Raven’

Austrian pubcaster ORF has boarded Rise Of The Raven, which is being billed as one of the biggest-ever dramas to come out of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The 10-hour series is being produced by Serendipity Point Films, Twin Media, HG Media, MR Film and Beta Film, the latter financing the show with the National Film Institute […]

Exclusive: Beta Film extends French slate with 2 thriller ‘Prison Island’

Beta Film has expanded its French offering by picking up international distribution rights to France 2 hostage thriller Prison Island (aka L’Ile Prisonnière). The six-hour drama is produced by Cinétévé, and was created and co-written by author Michel Bussi, with Elsa Bennet and Hippolyte Dard (The Art of Crime) directing. The series takes place off the coast […]

Scripted round-up: Beta boards Ukrainian drama; C5 unveils ‘The Catch’; TV2, ZDF extend ‘Sommerdahl Murders’

Beta boards Ukrainian drama Germany’s Beta Film has picked up international distribution rights to Ukrainian historical drama Cardamom Coffee. The show stars Ukrainian actor Olena Lavrenyuk and Pawel Delag (Schindler’s List), and is based on the novel Coffee Melody In Cardamom Tone, by Ukrainian writer Natalia Hurnytska. The 10 x 45-minute show is a story of forbidden […]

Exclusive: Beta Film & WDR Mediagroup strike sales deal

German distributor Beta Film has struck an international sales agreement with WDR Mediagroup, the commercial subsidiary of German pubcaster WDR. The deal includes worldwide distribution of WDR Mediagroup’s content with Beta Film gaining access to almost 1,000 hours of mostly crime, drama, and comedy programs. The agreement also contains movies and series from up to […]

MIPTV scripted round-up – updated throughout the day

Eagle Eye & Beta re-open Hotel Portofino UK drama Hotel Portofino has been extended into a second season by UK-based Eagle Eye Drama and Germany’s Beta Film. The show’s first season had aired on Britbox UK, but its owner ITV revealed last month that the service will be subsumed into its new ITVX streamer offering. Hotel Portofino […]

Show of the Week: Silent Road

The disappearance of a school bus, and the nine children aboard, in a seemingly peaceful Athens neighbourhood, sets off a chain of shocking events in this new crime drama from Greece’s Mega TV and Filmiki. Silent Road offers a modern twist on the classic tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, reveals Ferdinand Dohna, EVP […]

Beta Group ups Oliver Bachert to become chief distribution officer

Germany’s Beta Group has named long-time executive Oliver Bachert to lead its global sales efforts. Bachert, who joined the company more than two decades ago, becomes chief distribution officer at the company, having most recently been EVP of international sales & acquisitions. His remit in the newly created role includes oversight of Beta’s distribution business, […]

Show of the Week: El Inmortal – Gangs Of Madrid

A fact-based drama set in 1990s Spain, El Inmortal – Gangs of Madrid follows the rise of José Antonio to become one of Madrid’s most prolific drug lords. Based on the real-life Los Miami gang and its leader, Juan Carlos Peña, the series dramatises these events, with producer José Manuel Lorenzo and his team adding […]

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