Magazine article Screen International

MIPTV Day 2 Deals: Ecosse, Sonar, Netflix, Screen Media, Miramax, Goldwyn, LipSync

Magazine article Screen International

MIPTV Day 2 Deals: Ecosse, Sonar, Netflix, Screen Media, Miramax, Goldwyn, LipSync

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Ecosse teams with Sonar on action-adventure series; Netflix, Screen Media get Manchester United drama United for US; Miramax to handle Samuel Goldwyn library; LipSync wins post on Falcon.

Sonar Entertainment and Ecosse Films are partnering to develop and produce a 10-part action-adventure series called Quatermain, based on H. Rider Haggard's classic swashbuckling story.

Stewart Till, new CEO of Sonar Entertainment made the announcement with Douglas Rae, founder, managing director and executive producer, Ecosse Films.

Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle are the writers on the series, which will chart Quatermain's dangerous journey across African deserts and rugged terrain in search of a Baron's son who has disappeared trying to find King Solomon's mines.

"Allan Quatermain is one of the greatest adventure heroes in all of literature. In the years since his introduction, he has subsequently inspired many hugely successful characters and franchises, including the Indiana Jones series," said Till. "We are extremely excited about this opportunity to partner with Ecosse as we introduce Quatermain to a new generation and bring his timeless exploits into the 21st Century."

In a major US content deal Content Television secured new deals on football drama United [pictured], starring David Tennant, Dougray Scott and Jack O'Connell. Netflix, Screen Media, Globosat and HBO were among buyers of the drama which is based on the true story of Manchester United's celebrated 'Busby Babes', the youngest side ever to win the Football League, many of whom died in the 1958 Munich air crash.

United was picked up in the US and Canada by Netflix for subscription VOD rights and Screen Media for broadcast and video rights including TVOD and EST Content also inked a pan territory Pay TV deal with MVS Television which will see United airing throughout Latin America alongside an acquisition by Globosat for broadcast in Brazil.

In Australasia, Universal Pictures has picked up all rights for Australia and New Zealand, Paradiso Inc acquires all rights for Japan and HBO signs Pay TV rights across Asia. …

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