Russian TV auds will be getting a local version of hit brit sitcom "My Family" in a deal marking the first scripted format sale for independent distributor DLT Raydar.

Leading Russian broadcaster CTC Channel has commissioned a localised pilot of the sitcom, which was one of the longest-running sitcom successes on the Beeb until the show was axed in March 2011 after 121 episodes. Russian production company Art Pictures Vision is on board to adapt the show. Original producers DLT Entertainment will consult on the project.

The original series focuses on the life of Ben Harper, a moderately successful family man and dentist. He is undergoing a mid-life crisis while trying to cope with raising his three, very different, teenage kids.

Vyacheslav Murugov, Chief Content Officer CTC, said that "My Family "conceptually suits the audience of CTC."

DLT Raydar Rights is a joint venture between producers DLT Entertainment and Raydar Media. BBC Worldwide and DLT Raydar jointly handle finished programme sales.

"My Family" has a longstanding loyal global fan base with finished programme deals already inked in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Dubai, Eire, Estonia, Finland, France, Holland, Iceland, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal and the U.S.

 

TELE MUNCHEN GRUPPE TAKES "OLYMPUS" FOR GERMANY

Germany's Tele Munchen Gruppe has acquired all rights for Germany to "Olympus" the mythology drama series produced by Robert Halmi Sr.

The deal between TMG and London-based Great Point Media covers 13 episodes (plus any additional episodes) of the series which revolves around a young man who emerges as leader of a group of people banished to Hades by Greek gods.

Nick Willing ("Tin Man," "Alice," "Neverland") wrote and will direct the first episode. He exec produces with Halmi Sr. and Jim Reeve for Great Point Media and Matthew O'Connor and Lisa Richardson for Reunion Pictures.

SyFy will air the series in the U.S.

"Having co-produced, co-financed, and co-distributed hundreds of projects with Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr., we are excited to be a part of this exciting new project", said TMG Managing Director, Herbert L. Kloiber in a statement.

 

FREMANTLE RENEWS 'X FACTOR' DEALS ACROSS CENTRAL EASTERN EUROPE

FremantleMedia has renewed deals for "The X Factor" across Central Eastern Europe, where the Syco Entertainment-owned format has been recommissioned for Romania, Ukraine, Albania and Kazakhstan.

In Romania the first three seasons of the talent show have grown year-on-year on broadcaster Antena 1, Fremantle boasted in a statement. The third season outperformed the channel's average by 80% and scored audience shares of 130% higher than the broadcaster average amongst adults in the 18-49 demographic.

FremantleMedia and Antena 1 have now inked another three year deal for a further three seasons of "X Factor."

STB (Ukraine) has also signed the show for a fifth run after the previous season became the country's second highest rated entertainment show in 2013. TV Klan (Albania) will have their fourth "X Factor" season while Eurasia 1 (Kazakhstan) will also launch its fifth and sixth seasons.