Beta’s “Sisi”, “Atlantic Crossing”: Global reach of Territory Sales

Munich-based Beta Film, one of Europe’s largest independent television film groups, has licensed Hong Kong and Macau Emmy-winning “Atlantic Crossing,” starring Kyle MacLachan and Sofia Helin, to PPCW Media.

PPC Media has also acquired Alejandro Amenábar’s Movistar Plus+ original “La Fortuna,” starring Stanley Tucci and Clarke Peters, a tale of piracy, court battles and historical justice set between the US and Spain.

Beta has reached more remote places and also closed Mongolia with Hulegu Media on “Sisi”, a mix of sex, politics and historical glamor from RTL, Beta and Story House, a modern take on a film icon.

In more banner deals when far-off lands are involved, “Hotel Portofino” — described as “a high-profile, stylish affair” by The Times, the historical drama that stars Natascha McElhone as the hotel owner on a chic 1926 Italian Riviera — has been now sold by Beta to New Zealand and South Africa.

The deals come as Beta has also sold Seychelles public broadcaster My Little Sister, produced by Vega. Botswana BTV has acquired over 200 hours of content, crowned by Andie MacDowell star “Cedar Cove”, from Orchard Road and the Hallmark Channel.

The Seychelles, Botswana or Mongolia usually do not make headlines. In fact, they don’t usually make sales lists at all. But their sales have a bigger purpose.

These series have not only traveled to the four corners of the world, they have sold massively to major customers. “Atlantic Crossing” has closed 75 territories, including USA/Canada (PBS Masterpiece), Australia (SBS), Italy (Rai), Spain (Movistar Plus+), Germany (NDR/Magenta TV Telekom), Austria (ORF) and Israel ( HOT).

“Sisi” took Mipcom Canneseries 2021 by storm and has been licensed in over 100 countries including Italy (Mediaset), France (TF1), TV 4 (Scandi), Latam (STARZ), Spain (Disney), NPO (Netherlands), CEE (Viasat) and Australia (SBS).

Hallmark Channel’s first original Cedar Cove has conquered 130 territories, with customers including ProSiebenSat1 (Germany), Channel Five (UK) and TF1 (France).

The reach of “La Fortuna” is currently 65, including HBO for Scandinavia and CEE, Sky Germany and SBS Australia.

Hotel Portofino, an Eagle Eye production for BBC UKTV and Britbox, has made 55 territory sales across all five continents, from PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel to Britbox, Sky Italia, all public broadcasters in Scandinavia and Sony in Portugal.

One of the most important talents for global streamers is their global reach, and rightly so.

Super indie champions, who often do it the traditional way of selling territory by territory, can still license much or most of the world. But that doesn’t mean they’re giving new outlets the cold shoulder. Ironically, a revenue driver now is the insatiable appetite of incumbent players’ new VOD services, as well as regional deals with global OTT players. Beta’s “Sisi”, “Atlantic Crossing”: Global reach of Territory Sales

Charles Jones

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