News round-up: India’s MX Player buys Eccho drama; CBC develops Jus Reign comedy; Sundance Now buys Oz drama
India’s MX Player snags Eccho drama
Mediaset in Spain and MX Player in India are among 10 companies to have acquired Turkish romantic drama My Home My Destiny from CJENM-owned Eccho Rights.
The drama, which is produced by OGM Pictures in Istanbul, has been picked up by Mediaset for its Divinity network, while the show has also been sold into Israel (Achla TV), Lithuania (LNK), Serbia (Pink), Georgia (Imedi), Albania (TV Klan), North Macedonia (Sitel) and Romania (Kanal D).
My Home My Destiny, which has also been sold to an undisclosed operator in South Africa, debuted on TV8 in Turkey and became its most successful drama ever. A second season has recently launched.
Sundance Now snags The Commons
AMC Networks’ streamer Sundance Now has picked up exclusive US and Canadian rights to Australian drama series The Commons.
The drama, which stars Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), explores a couple’s bid to have a child in a world affected by climate change and a growing divide between rich and poor.
It has been produced by Playmaker and is sold by Sony Pictures Television, with creator and writer Shelley Birse (The Code) attached as showrunner. The eight-parter drama made its world premiere on Australian streamer Stan.
CBC, Pier 21 develops with YouTube star
Canadian pubcaster CBC has started development on a scripted series with Beaverton producer Pier 21 and YouTube personality, Jasmeet Singh Raina (aka Jus Reign).
Late Bloomer (w/t) is a half-hour series inspired by Raina’s real-life experiences, focusing on his journey navigating his newly found internet fame, dating, spirituality, culture and his dysfunctional (yet loving) family.
“Jasmeet is a one-of-a-kind talent and the latest in the long line of incredible Canadian comedians to find stardom on the global stage. We are thrilled to be partnering with him on his signature television project,” said Bill Lundy, SVP of development for Pier 21.
“The series Jasmeet has created offers him the freedom to delve into a longer narrative allowing him to be more authentically funny and vulnerable than ever before.”
Jus Reign claims to have secured more than 167 million YouTube views, with 970,000+ subscribers and more than one million fans on Facebook. The CBC show is being co-produced by Pier 21 and Reign Productions, with Raina starring, writing and exec producing.
Spectrum enters ‘Eden’
US-based Spectrum Originals has acquired Australian thriller series Eden from Oz streamer Stan and distributor All3Media International.
The 8 x 60-minutes series is produced for Stan by Every Cloud Productions and Balloon Entertainment in association with All3Media International and will debut on Spectrum On Demand next year.
The show follows the disappearance of a girl in an idyllic Australian town, with each episode told from a different character’s perspective, as the mystery unfolds through multiple lenses and numerous secrets are exposed.
Eden was created by emerging writer-director Vanessa Gazy, who serves as head writer and executive producer, was developed in collaboration with Balloon founder Bryan Elsley and is based on an original concept by Deb Cox. Fiona McConaghy is attached as producer.