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Beta Film brings extensive series slate and 14 new kids shows to MipCom in Cannes


Sep 21 2015

Munich, 18 September 2015. With an extensive series slate containing no less than nine fresh shows as well as an extended catalogue of its new Kids & Family label heads Beta to this year’s MipCom in Cannes. A shining star among the highlights is the TNT-original series The Valley – In the Mist of Silence, a psycho mystery-thriller produced exclusively for German speaking Pay TV. Following in the footsteps of the success of the Spanish sales hit Grand Hotel is the Italian adaptation Imperial. Hollywood star Andie MacDowell and her Cedar Cove (38xone hour) return with a new season, along with Hallmark’s Lost Letters Mysteries (21xone hour) and the Swedish drama 30 Degrees in February (20xone hour),one of the biggest audience and critical successes of these times in Scandinavia.

Produced by Beta subsidiary Bantry Bay and Twenty Four 9 Films, The Valley – In the Mist of Silence (6xone hour) is set in a misty autumn vineyard, where a man, who lost his memory, wakes up near the corpse of a young woman, hanging in the harvested grapes. The male lead, played by Friedrich Muecke, delves as a stranger into the microcosm of an uncanny town and its inhabitants, who hide secrets as dark as the waters of the nearby river. The Valley – In the Mist of Silence is the first one hour original production of TNT Serie, the series-channel of Turner Broadcasting System Deutschland, which reaches six million households in the German speaking territory via Sky and other platforms.

From the producers of the international successful series Salamander comes the Belgian detective drama show Professor T. (26xone hour). The series, just recently honored as best international TV series at the renowned La Rochelle TV Fiction Festival, cycles around a brilliant but more than eccentric police psychologist of the Antwerp Homicide department. The idyllic and spectacular South Tyrol mountainside is the frame for Imperial (12xone hour), produced by Italian production powerhouse Cattleya (“Gomorrah”) and Beta for RAI, based on the utmost successful Grand Hotel, dubbed by international media as the “Spanish Downton Abbey”. Grandeur and glamour, secrets and sins reign in this Victorian style hotel, where handsome young Pietro believes that his sister – a maid – has been murdered. Czech Television produced the event-mini Jan Hus – The First Protestant (3xtwo hours), which run very successful on arte. The dramatic plot about the 14th century social reformer and great intellectual, who was way ahead of his time, is anchored in the complicated conflict of opinions, ambitions and struggles which sealed his fate of being burned as heretic.

With a line-up of 14 shows, among them nine series, enters Beta’s new label Kids & Family this year’s MipJunior market. BBC just recently acquired the preschool-series Patchwork Pals (26x4’), truly heartwarming stories on an animated blanked. Beta’s extended NRK-slate includes the new high class English language documentary Message in a Bottle (13x12’) about a Norwegian family who moved to Tikopia, one of the world’s most isolated community in the Pacific Ocean. The feature film section is headed by thetwo German box office hits, Enid Blyton’s adventurous Famous Five 4, this time thousands of miles and thousands of years back in time to solve yet another nail biting mystery and The Pasta Detectives, the first collaboration between Beta Cinema and Fox International Productions, about two boys solving crimes in their Berlin neighbourhood.Estonia’s most successful family entertainment movie, The Secret Society of Souptown, depicts the story of 10-year-old smart and brave Mari, who with her three best friends form a secret society to play scavenger hunt games her grandfather is inventing for them.

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