Mipcom 2019: The Time for International Fiction

The deals announced during Mipcom day three once again confirmed the current popularity of international fiction, wherever it may come from.

Mipcom kept up the pace in its third day, which once again confirmed the popularity of international fiction through screenings, deals and announcements.

In terms of deals, Atresmedia sold Toy Boy to Netflix: “We can confirm that Toy Boy has been sold to Netflix. It will be available worldwide outside Spain as a first window,” José Antonio Salso Baratas, Manager of International Sales at Atresmedia, said to ttvnews.

In addition, TVE revealed the sale of La Caza. Monteperdido to Italy.

“This is one of the series that’s gotten the best feedback from the market. We presented it at Miptv and we have just closed a deal with Mediaset in Italy, which will air it on Canale Cinque. We are also in advanced talks with Europe and Latin America,” María Jesús Pérez, director of International Sales at TVE, said to ttvnews.

RMVistar and Glowstar sold the rights for the adaptation of Argentine series La chica que limpia in Spain and Portugal to Catalan producer, Fasten Film.

And The Mediapro Studio and Vice Studios announced a deal to co-produce the series El acantilado, a crime thriller set in the Patagonia. It’s currently in development and will be filmed on real locations in Chile.

It was also announced that Turkey’s Madd Entertainment signed two new sales for a couple of its most sought-after dramas: Kuzgun, produced by Ay Yapim, which was sold in Romania to ProTV; and My Little Girl, by Medyapim, which was sold in Slovakia to Markiza.

Another two series from the Hispanic world were also highlighted at the market: on the one hand, Agua Seca, coproduced by Spain’s Portocabo and Portugal’s SP-i, and distributed by DCD Rights, had its own screening.

And on the other, Chilean production The Pack already found its first international screens through Fremantle.

“We are very happy at Fabula for having this first series with Fremantle. We came here to sign deals with different windows and we’ve found them. I can’t reveal much, but the good news is we found this project a home,” Matías Amocain, director of Creative Affairs at Fabula, said to ttvnews.

Meanwhile, Dopamine revealed it’s now preparing an ambitious project for Europe and its first entertainment format.

“We are about to announce our first entertainment format, a dark comedy, and another project for Europe which I can’t reveal just yet. It’s a very big project which we’ll be able to talk about in the upcoming months,” said Fidela Navarro, CEO of Dopamine.

Mondo TV Iberoamerica highlighted ambitious fiction projects of its own, a new genre with which they seek to grow outside kids’ content.

“We are in the middle of a very important and exciting time, because we’re developing fiction projects. We realized it was a big market demand and we are playing the part of building cultural and narrative bridges between Europe and Latin America. We are interested in regions like Italy, Spain and Latin America,” said Dimitri Papanikas, Sales executive at Mondo TV Iberoamerica.

“We are looking for strong stories, for example, based on real life events. We currently have five projects in different stages of development with producers, creative studios and writers,” he said.

Tondero is also on the original production road, with a new production deal with VIP 2000, as revealed to ttvnews by Cecilia Gómez de la Torre, general manager at Tondero Distribución.

And lastly, Global Agency made a splash at the Palais with the presence of Turkish actor Can Yaman, star of Daydreamer and Buttersweet, two Turkish dramas that have been notably successful in Spain, and which the company is negotiating in several countries in Latin America.