This Wednesday was the traditional Fresh TV Fiction conference at Miptv, which listed the most watched series of the year in more than 15 key markets. LatAm and Spain were present with Sandro de América, Simona,13 días lejos del sol, Heroes Wanted, Fariña and El punto frío.
Before a Grand Auditorium once again packed to the brim, Miptv welcomed once again its traditional Fresh TV Fiction conference organized by consulting firm The Wit.
Same as its format-oriented conference, the session was presented by The Wit CEO, Virginia Mouseler, who focused this time on the most popular fiction titles so far this year in their respective markets.
Fiction in Numbers
In 2017, 20% of new series were based on intellectual properties (books, films, animations, etc.) as well as on real events.
The most recurrent genres were comedy (27%) and thriller (22%).
In addition, 22% of new biopics come from Latin America, a region that has generated 7% of all new fiction series.
The Most Watched New Show of 2018
Up next, we give you an overview of the 21 fiction series highlighted by The Wit.
Mr. Right (45x60'): released in January and distributed by Shaanxi Wentou Yida Media Investment. The show is a romantic comedy, spin-off of a strong IP.
Roseanne (9x22'): the sitcom premiered in March on ABC and is distributed by Disney Media Distribution and Carsey Werner Distribution. The revival of the legendary series (1988-1997) reunites the original cast, and has already confirmed a new season - the eleventh.
Runaway (10x60'): released in January and distributed by Encore Distribution. It’s a family drama about teenage prostitution and organized crime. Season two is already in the works.
School (30x48'): released in January and distributed by 1+1 Media. The show delves into the passions and mysteries inside a high school with teenagers in crisis. Season two is already in the works.
Lifeline (72x45'): released in January and distributed by ATV. It focuses on domestic violence, with a romantic story featuring a female heroine. Season two is already in the works.
Lice Mother (10x25'): released in January and distributed by Red Arrow Studios International. It deals with the ecosystem inside a school (teachers, students, parents). Its online consumption has boosted that of linear TV. Season two is already in the works.
Heroes Wanted (13x70'): it premiered in February on Antena 3, and is distributed by Atresmedia International Sales. Based on a film, the show it is a police comedy that exposes the cultural differences in the country.
Fariña (Farinia - Snow on the Atlantic) (10x60'): the show premiered in February on Antena 3, and is distributed by Beta Film. Based on both a novel and real life events, the show deals with drug trafficking in the 80s and 90s in Galicia.
McMafia (8x60'): released in January, and distributed by BBC Worldwide. It debuted first in the UK on BBC One and the next day on Amazon Prime for everyone.
Liberty (5x60'): released in February, and distributed by DR Sales. Based on a novel, the series "demonstrates the existence of a new Nordic trend," said Mouseler.
Home Ground (10x45'): the show premiered in March, and is distributed by DR Sales. A woman becomes the coach of a male soccer team. It’s another example of the new Nordic trend. Season two is already in the works.
Basic Bros (10x22'): released in January, and distributed by Feelgood Scene Film. A female comedy, first released on a digital platform and then on linear TV. Season two is already in the works.
54 Hours (2x120'): premiered in March, and distributed by Beta Film. Based on real events, it deals with a hostage robbery that takes bloody dimensions.
The Day (De Dag) (12x45'): released in January, and distributed by Dynamic Television. First released in digital and then on linear TV. It’s a co-production between Telenet and Vier de Bélgica and ZDFneo de Alemania.
13 Days Away from the Sun (8x60'): released in January, and distributed by Globo TV International. It has its debut in digital and then in linear TV, with 41 million viewers. It is an action thriller with elements of drama and suspense.
Sandro de América (13x60'): premiered in March, and distributed by Telefe International and Telefilms. It’s a biographical musical series about the "Argentine Elvis”, which has already been sold to broadcasters in Chile and Peru.
Simona (120x60'): released in January, and distributed by Pol-ka Producciones. It is the second most watched fiction of the year, and comes as a romantic telenovela centered on a young woman who dreams of being a singer.
Fabrizio De André - Principe Libero (2x120'): released in February, and distributed by Rai Com. Biographical musical series about the Italian idol.
APPaixonados (12x10'): released in February, distributed by Ankylosau. Hailing from Portugal, it’s an interactive comedy that includes an app for viewers to choose who the protagonist should have a date with.
El punto frío (3x12'+ 2x20'): will premiere on April 17, and is distributed by RTVE. Another series thought exclusively for a digital platform, it mixes mystery with the terror and the paranormal.
My Brilliant Friend (8x60'): distributed by FremantleMedia International. It’s an Italian series based on a best seller, co-produced between Rai Fiction and HBO.
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