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In Variety’s third Mipcom Roundup Alibaba’s streaming platform Youku gets BBC programs, Lagardère buys full ownership of Barcelona’s Veranda, Banijay rolls out Guinness World Records series, Blue Ant International sells and renews and All3Media Intl. extends into Japan and Taiwan.
All3Media has grown its footprint in Asia thanks to newly announced deals with U-NEXT, Disney and Wowow in Japan and Catchplay in Taiwan. The U-Next deal includes 22 hours of primetime drama including Neal Street Productions’ Bafta-nominated “Informer,” two seasons of Screentime’s Australian drama “Playing for Keeps” and The Forge Entertainment-produced mini-series “Dark Money.” Catchplay in Taiwan and Tohokushinsha in Japan have secured rights to Bafta-nominated mini-series “Mrs. Wilson,” produced by Snowed In for BBC One and Masterpiece. All3Media also sold two factual entertainment series to Japanese broadcasters, “Travel Guides (Australia)” in the company’s first-ever deal with Disney Japan and “Celebrity Undercover” to Wowow.
Production - Company - Lagardère - Studios - Ownership
French production company Lagardère Studios has acquired full ownership of Barcelona-based production house Veranda from Grupo Godo. Lagardère subsidiary Boomreang was already a part shareholder of Veranda. Since 2010 Veranda has produced fiction, entertainment, documentary and advertising for TV and digital platforms. Veranda produces the award winning and IMDB top 250 series “Merlí,” which has formats in development in France and Italy as well as a spinoff for Movistar Plus in Spain. Other properties include the fish out of water comedy “Great Northern” and talent competition show “Oh Happy Day!” Lagardère’s Boomerang is one of Spain’s most important TV producers, backing series such as “The Voice,” popular detective thriller “Plastic Sea” and upcoming Chilean co-production “Ines of My Soul,” a major title at June’s Conecta Fiction market in Pamplona.
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