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Martin Freeman Parenting Comedy ‘Breeders’ Gets Series Order From FX

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Martin Freeman Parenting Comedy ‘Breeders’ Gets Series Order From FX
FX has given a 10-episode series order to “Breeders,” a new sitcom that will star Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard.

The first season will be produced by FX Productions, Avalon Television and Sky Original Productions and will debut on FX in 2020.

Co-created by Simon Blackwell, Chris Addison and Freeman, “Breeders” will explore “the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there. Martin Freeman stars as a caring father discovering he’s not quite the man he thought he was.”

Also Read: Benedict Cumberbatch: Martin Freeman's Criticism of 'Sherlock' Is 'Pathetic'

Blackwell, best known for his work writing for shows like “Peep Show,” “The Thick of It,” and “Veep,” on which he also served as an executive producer and won two Emmys, will serve as showrunner.
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‘Transparent’ Series Finale Will Be a Musical Episode

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‘Transparent’ Series Finale Will Be a Musical Episode
Transparent” will end its fifth and final season with a musical episode, series creator Jill Soloway told the New York Times on Saturday.

“It will hopefully feel like ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ mixed with ‘La La Land’ mixed with ‘Flight of the Conchords’ with something more Jewish thrown in,” Soloway said. “A little ‘Yentl.'”

The Times reported that the episode will be a two-hour production set to air sometime next fall.

However, an individual with knowledge of the matter told TheWrap that the episode’s specific running time, and other creative details, are still being figured out.

Also Read: From 'Transparent' to 'Pose' and Beyond: How Trans Writers Are Changing Hollywood's Script

The upcoming fifth season, which has no premiere date yet, will be the first since the show’s star Jeffrey Tambor was fired by the studio in February.

Tambor was accused last November of
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About Premium Content Closes Major Deals on BBC One Hit Drama ‘Keeping Faith’

About Premium Content Closes Major Deals on BBC One Hit Drama ‘Keeping Faith’
About Premium Content, the Paris-based co-production and sales company, has signed major deals on the hit drama “Keeping Faith,” the British female-fronted thriller which has just been greenlit for a second season by BBC One.

Acorn Media Enterprises has come on board to co-produce the second season and has picked all rights to the show in the Us, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as home entertainment rights in the U.K. and Southern Ireland. Acorn Media International will handle distribution rights for the series in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Southern Ireland.

The show will premiere day and date on BBC One,
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John Turturro’s ‘The Name of the Rose’ Sells to U.K.’s BBC, Germany’s Sky, France’s Ocs

Tele München Group’s world sales unit, Tm International, has sold its high-end television series “The Name of the Rose,” starring John Turturro, to multiple territories, including the BBC in the U.K., Sky in Germany and Ocs in France.

Additionally it has been acquired by Yle in Finland, Nrk in Norway, Dr in Denmark, Sbs in Australia, Vrt in Belgium, Rtp in Portugal, Ceska TV in Czech Republic, Sky in New Zealand, and Iti in Poland. As previously announced, AMC’s SundanceTV holds the rights for the U.S. and Canada, and Rai will air the show in Italy.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Expecting First Baby

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Expecting First Baby
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby, it was announced Monday. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were said to be “very pleased” to be expecting their first child in spring 2019. The royal baby will become the seventh in line to the British crown.

The announcement was made via the Kensington Palace Twitter account Monday morning just as the couple were beginning their first official royal tour in Australia. The 16-day tour will also see them travel to New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that
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Mipcom: Endemol Shine Boomdog, Somos Prods to Co-Produce Saint Juan Diego Scripted Series

Endemol Shine Boomdog, a unit of Endemol Shine North America, is exploring a religious theme in its drive to create more original scripted series. The Mexico City-based shingle has teamed with Somos Prods. to co-develop the first-ever series based on Saint Juan Diego, the first Mexican-born saint.

To be produced by Endemol Shine Boomdog and Somos Prods, “Juan Diego: The Story of Guadalupe” will be sold worldwide by Somos Distribution.

The two companies have also been developing a TV series based on renowned Latin boy band Menudo, “Subete a Mi Moto—The History of Menudo.”

“The Story of Guadalupe is
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‘Trigger’ Star Maxim Matveev on Playing a ‘Provocative Therapist’

‘Trigger’ Star Maxim Matveev on Playing a ‘Provocative Therapist’
“Trigger,” a Russian drama centering on a psychologist, Artem, who practices “provocative therapy” – a method that forces clients to confront their problems in a shocking, sometimes brutal way – had its world premiere at Mipcom on Sunday. Variety spoke to its star, Maxim Matveev.

Psychologist Sergey Nasibian acted as a consultant on the show, and as well as sharing past cases, he employed the same “provocative” therapeutic methods on Matveev as are shown in the series. “It was a nice experience because I had the opportunity to feel what Artem’s clients feel like when they have a conversation with him,
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Studiocanal Primes Talent Links, Fiction Format Sales (Exclusive)

Cannes — Launching new production units in France and the U.K., European film-tv powerhouse Studiocanal is priming its established talent relationships as it pushes ever more fiction format sales. The production-distribution-sales house hits Mipcom with “Pros and Cons,” the latest series from Sam Productions, co-run by “Borgen’s” Adam Price, and “,” from Nicola Shindler’s Red Picture Company, “Happy Valley” producers.

With Urban Myth Films’ producer-scribe Howard Overman set to shown “The War of the Worlds,” produced by Urban Myth, Canal Plus and Fox Networks Group Europe, Studiocanal has now acquired world sales rights outside Spain to “Instinto,” a original
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ITV Studios Global Ent. Sells ‘The War of the Worlds’ to the World

Buzzed-up heading into this year’s Mipcom and selected as one of Variety’s top titles at the market, ITV’s Mammoth Screen-produced “The War of the Worlds” has announced international pre-sales covering 80 territories.

Based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells, the series is set to be the first ever British made-for-tv adaptation of the story, produced for BBC One by ITV-backed Mammoth Screen. The company is right in the thick of it when it comes to high-end TV drama with a catalog boasting the likes of Jenna Coleman-led “Victoria” and the HBO miniseries “Parade’s End” staring Benedict Cumberbatch.
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Mipcom: Beta, Wildside, Zeitsprung Launch ‘German Moon’

Mipcom: Beta, Wildside, Zeitsprung Launch ‘German Moon’
Germany’s Beta Film, Italy’s Wildside, German production outlet Zeitsprung and the Isreali writer/creator trio Nadav Schirman, Ron Leshem and Amit Cohen have joined forces to launch “German Moon” at Mipcom. The series is inspired by the true story of former Nazi scientists who were behind Nasa’s first manned mission to the Moon, with the focus on the scientists’ families, who travelled with them to the U.S.

The series starts in 1950 when sleepy town Huntsville, Alabama was overwhelmed by a wave of immigration: A convoy of buses with scores of German families on board crosses the Tennessee River.
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Netflix Acquires Drama ‘When Heroes Fly’ From Keshet International

Cannes — Netflix has snapped up international rights to the Hebrew-language drama series “When Heroes Fly” from Keshet International.

The deal comes on the eve of the Mipcom international TV sales conference, which runs Monday through Thursday.

When Heroes Fly” revolves around the story of four Israeli army war veterans who reunite after more than a decade apart to undertake a final rescue mission in the Colombian jungle. Keshet in the process of adapting the series for the U.S. market.

When Heroes Fly” has been a success in Israel for the Keshet 12 network. The drama also claimed the best series
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Mipcom News Roundup: ‘Queen of the World,’ ‘Fashion Hero,’ FilmRise-Eagle Rock, Pabst to ProSieben

In today’s roundup the Queen conquers new territories, social media and reality TV seek to create change, North America gets ready to rock and ProSiebenSat.1 taps Pabst for new executive position.

Queen of the World’ Lands in New Territories

Leading broadcasters in the Netherland’s Rtl and Norway’s Nrk were two of a number of broadcasters announced to have secured rights to “Queen of the World,” a two-part docuseries on Queen Elizabeth II. The series recently aired on HBO in the U.S. and had previously secured broadcast deals in nearly 90 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
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Smithsonian Announces New Original Series for 2019

Smithsonian Channel announced Monday at Mipcom four original non-fiction series which will launch on the network in the coming year.

Premiering in the first quarter of 2019, “America’s Hidden Stories” will look to give the cold case treatment to iconic moments in history, going through old records, implementing new technologies and tracking down eye-witness testimony in an effort to resolve age-old mysteries or to alter the way some historic events are perceived. Series is produced by Lone Wolf Media.

Another Q1 release, “Disasters at Sea,” is from Exploration Production Inc. in association with Smithsonian Network and Discovery Channel Canada. This
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Joseph Fiennes Plans to Produce and Star in Cyrano de Bergerac Series for Atrium TV

Joseph Fiennes Plans to Produce and Star in Cyrano de Bergerac Series for Atrium TV
Joseph Fiennes was in Cannes, Sunday, to talk to potential partners about “Cyrano,” his “Cyrano de Bergerac” series project for Atrium TV.

Atrium TV is a drama commissioning club that has telcos and pay-tv platforms as members. They were in Cannes to run the rule over new projects and others already in development. Members include BT from the U.K., Televisa from Mexico, Orange from France, and Movistar+ from Spain. They co-fund scripted series and launch them domestically as original productions. Atrium is backed by distributor Drg, which then sells the shows outside of the territories in which they were commissioned.
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Playtime Rolls Into Mipcom with ‘Mental,’ ‘Helvetica’ (Exclusive)

Playtime Rolls Into Mipcom with ‘Mental,’ ‘Helvetica’ (Exclusive)
Playtime, the leading international sales and co-production companies behind Olivier Assayas’s “Non-Fiction” and Laszlo Nemes’s “Sunset,” is rolling into Mipcom with its first TV drama slate.

Headed by former Fox executive Virginie Boireaux, Playtime’s TV division has boarded a pair of high-concept shows with female protagonists — “Mental” (“Hp”), a comedy-drama series about Sheila, a twenty-something intern in psychiatry who discovers the burlesque and tragic world of madness; and “Helvetica,” a political thriller mini-series about Tina, a native of Albania in her forties who works as a maid in government offices in Switzerland, and turns into a double
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China’s CCTV Buys Range of 4K Wildlife Programming from Blue Ant (Exclusive)

With China in the spotlight at Mipcom as country of honor, CCTV has stepped up and acquired a package of blue-chip factual fare from international distributor Blue Ant International. The Chinese state broadcaster has taken 60 hours of high-end nature and wildlife programming from Blue Ant for its CCTV-1 and CCTV-10 channels.

Some categories of program can be a tough sell into China, which is in the throes of introducing new rules on foreign content, but there is a consistent local appetite for quality natural history and wildlife shows.

CCTV’s flagship CCTV-1 channel has snagged several shows that Blue Ant
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Top Spanish Series at Mipcom

Top Spanish Series at Mipcom
The Accident

(Mediaset-Globomedia)

Starring Inma Cuesta (“Julieta”), a thriller about a wife discovering the truth about her husband.

Sales Agent: Eccho Rights

Arde Madrid

(Movistar Plus, Andy Joke)

Warmly received at San Sebastian, a B&W comedy-thriller half-hour set in 1961 Madrid’s Dolce Vita, featuring Ava Gardner.

A Different View

(Boomerang, Rtve)

A suspense dramedy portrait of the Spanish society in the ’20s, via a traditionalist Lycee in the provinces.

El Continental

(Gossip Events & Productions, Rtve)

One of Rtve’s big plays, a 10-hour, 1920’s set gang war thriller, with Alex Garcia and Michelle Jenner (“Isabel”).

Hierro

(Movistar Plus,
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Hit Crime Drama ‘Broadchurch’ Getting Remade in China (Exclusive)

Hit Crime Drama ‘Broadchurch’ Getting Remade in China (Exclusive)
A Mandarin-language version of hit crime drama “Broadchurch” is in the works after Endemol Shine struck a deal with local partners Blue&White&Red Pictures and Cloudwood.

Broadchurch” was a water-cooler show in the U.K. and internationally. Created by the new “Doctor Who” showrunner Chris Chibnall, the first season of the series followed events in a small town after the tragic and mysterious death of a child. As well as a whodunit, the series delved into what happens to a close-knit community in the media spotlight, and when a major police investigation is underway.

China has strict regulations on
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Sam Neill’s Captain Cook Pacific Series Head to Ovation in the U.S. (Exclusive)

Ovation has scored a number of factual shows from Sky Vision as Mipcom gets underway, including a series that sees “Jurassic Park” actor Sam Neill hit the high seas.

Arts and culture U.S. cable network Ovation snagged the six-part “The Pacific: In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill” as part of wider deal with Sky Vision, the content and distribution arm of European pay TV giant Sky.

The six-part documentary series sees Neill, soon to be seen in the remake of “Rams,” retrace Captain Cook’s voyage across the largest ocean in the world, and delve into Cook’s legacy.
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Sky U.K. and ABC Australia Acquire the New ‘Agatha Raisin’ Series (Exclusive)

Sky U.K. and ABC Australia Acquire the New ‘Agatha Raisin’ Series (Exclusive)
International buyers have signed up for the upcoming season of murder mystery drama “Agatha Raisin.” Sky has prebought the second season for the U.K. and Ireland, Zdf has it for Germany, and Australian pubcaster the ABC has also snagged the show.

“Agatha Raisin” stars Ashley Jensen (“Extras”) as the titular PR executive and amateur sleuth. Pay-tv platform Sky commissioned the first season of the show, and streaming service Acorn greenlit the second series, which will run as an original on its Svod platform. Acorn Media Enterprises, Free@LastTV, and All3Media’s Company Pictures are producing.

The new episodes
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