News round-up: Amazon extends ‘Hanna’; Movistar Play originals hit market; Blue Ant reps ‘Dolce Vita’ franchise; and more…
‘Hanna’ Takes Third Trip To Amazon
Amazon has commissioned a third season of its original action drama series Hanna for its Prime Video streaming platform.
Based on the 2011 film of the same name, the series stars Esme Creed-Miles as the titular teenager who is being hunted by a shady government agency while trying to unearth the truth about her identity.
This third season comes soon after the airing of Hanna’s second run on Prime Video.
The series is produced by NBCUniversal International Studios and written and executive produced by David Farr, who commented: “When we set out on this journey, I had in my mind a drama that would excavate Hanna’s past, challenge her in entirely new ways and answer the question: can she ever belong? I am truly grateful to Amazon and NBCUniversal that we are able to continue that vision. It’s going to be an exciting third act.”
Movistar Play originals taken to market by Onza
Spain-based Onza Distribution has picked up four series from Telefónica-owned Movistar Play for global sale, excluding LatAm.
The four series are the first to be produced by Movistar – Capital Roar (6 x 25-minutes), Adulting (8 x 24-minutes), My Lucky Day (4 x 45-minute) and Survival Guide (8 x 25-minutes).
Movistar Play is the LatAm branch of Madrid-headquartered Movistar, which launched in 2017.
Onza Distribution’s director, Carlos Garde, commented: “We are glad to have the Movistar’s seals of approval in our catalogue, we are sure that our fiction buyers are going to be thrilled with his these comedies with such an international appeal”.
Joanna Lombardi, head of fiction at Telefónica Media Networks, added: “We are thrilled to show our series to the international markets beyond Latin America and Spain with Onza as our international sales partner.”
Blue Ant now reps ‘Dolce Vita’
Blue Ant International has signed a multi-year deal to distribute more than 140 hours of Rockhead Entertainment’s Dolce Vita franchise.
Fronted by Rockhead co-founder, David Rocco, the lifestyle and cooking series, sees him travel the world to sample and cook authentic regional dishes.
All 11 seasons of the franchise are now represented by Blue Ant, including David Rocco’s Dolce Italia (13 x 30-minutes); David Rocco’s Dolce Southeast Asia (13 x 30-minutes); David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, seasons 1 to 4 (39 x 30-minutes for seasons 1-3 and 13 x 30-minutes & 1 x 60-minute for season 4); David Rocco’s Dolce Tuscany (13 x 30-minutes); David Rocco’s Dolce Napoli (13 x 30-minutes); David Rocco’s Dolce India season 1 and 2 (26 x 30-minutes) and David Rocco’s Dolce Africa (13 x 30-minutes).
“Rocco’s Dolce Vita series serves as a decadent, much-needed escape for viewers, who get to immerse themselves in the beauty, culture and, most of all, the regional cuisine of countries around the world,” says Ludo Dufour, SVP, International Co-Productions and Sales, Blue Ant International. “David’s warm, enthusiastic and inclusive approach, coupled with stunning production values, vibrant colours, a dynamic pace and locally relevant music are the perfect ingredients for an appetising franchise, which will travel remarkably well and delight those who order it.”
BBC gets behind ‘The Wheel’
UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned a new game show from British comedian Michael McIntyre’s prodco, Hungry McBear Media.
The Wheel will be a new 10 x 60-minute “feel good” format hosted by McIntyre on Saturday nights on BBC One, though broadcast dates are yet to be announced.
The show was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, and Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning. Executive Producers for Hungry McBear Media are Dan Baldwin and Tom Blakeson and the commissioning editor for the BBC is Kalpna Patel-Knight.
McIntyre Commented: “I am thrilled to be hosting a show that does reinvent the wheel! Contestants will be competing to win big money, celebrity experts will have their knowledge put the test, and I will desperately be trying to avoid too many puns. I simply can’t wait to get behind the wheel, I’m dizzy with excitement!”
Phillips added: “Michael is the perfect ringmaster for this unique game that will get celebrities in a right old spin and everyone at home playing along.”