05. November 2008

Beta Film expands international series portfolio


Munich, 2 October 2008. Beta Film continues to expand its international series portfolio and presents the new hit North-American productions The Wild Roses and Robson Arms at this year's MIPCOM. From U.S. producer Hallmark derives the modern teen Western Every Second Counts. Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave ("Atonement") plays a lead role in the Thriller The Job.
From Germany, Beta Film presents the crime series Homicide Hills and a Christmas special for the eighth season of For Heaven's Sake. The success story of Rex, a Cop's Best Friend (143 hours) continues with a football special for the tenth season.

A power struggle between two families is at the center of the CBC series The Wild Roses (13 x one hour) produced by Seven24 Films and Northwood. David (Gary Hudson), who has made his fortune with oil, meets with embittered resistance when he tries to take over the farm of his neighbor Maggie (Kim Huffman). Director Michael DeCarlo has made a name for himself with "The Border". Robson Arms (39 x 30') opens the doors to a chic Vancouver apartment house and shows how little and how much neighbors know about one another. The series, which has garnered several awards, is produced by Omni Productions for CTV. Already in its third season in Canada, it is now offered to international buyers for the first time.

The Hallmark production Every Second Counts (1 x 90') tells the story of young Brooke, who must keep her family above water as a professional rodeo rider and thus becomes an outsider at her high school. Starring alongside Magdsa Apanowich ("Kyle XY") is U.S. series star Stephen Collins ("7th Heaven"). The film is directed by John Bradshaw ("Full Disclosure"). In the thriller The Job (1 x 90'), Vanessa Redgrave plays the motherly friend of the professional killer Victoria (Viktorija Malektorovych, "Blue Moon"), whose current mission proves to be the biggest challenge in her life. Produced by Akzente, the film is based on the novel of the same name by best-selling author Orene Dische. Scriptwriter and director is Christian Görlitz ("Rex, A Cop's best friend"), winner of several Grimme Awards.

Beta Film also presents at MIPCOM the 90-minute TV movie For Heaven's Sake - It's Christmas as a special for one of the most successful series on German TV. Produced by NDF for ARD Degeto, the series has been bringing in a consistently high viewership of over eight million since 2001. This time, Sister Hanna (Janina Hartwig) and mayor Wöller (Fritz Wepper) are off to Rome, where there's more mayhem than meditation waiting for them. The Pro GmbH produced crime series Homicide Hills (13 x one hour) is known to ensure top ratings for the ARD. Big-city cop Sophie Haas (Grimme Award winner Caroline Peters, "Arnies Welt") is sent out to the provinces. After her initial dismay, she realizes that the countryside can also be full of crime if you know where to look.

Eduard Cortes ("La Vida de Nadie") relates in his film The Clown and the Führer (1 x 90') an episode from the life of the famous Catalan clown Charlie Rivel (Ferran Rane), Adolf Hitler's favorite funnyman. The fictitious story of an assassination attempt on Hitler that was to be carried out from the stage, it is a parable of art and power, cruelty and resistance, responsibility and fear. Produced by Benece Produccions / TVC Produktion, the film is based on the stage play "Uuuh!" by Gerard Vazquez.

Among the new documentaries in Beta Film's portfolio is Botero (1 x one hour) by Oscar nominee Peter Schamoni ("Hundertwassers Regentag") about the life of the world-famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Sissi - Enigma of an Empress (1 x one hour) draws from many new or previously neglected sources such as a diary by Sissi's mother-in-law and a 1921 film previously thought to have been lost and whose script was written in part by Sissi's niece. Moreover, Beta Film offers international buyers a number of successful, award-winning theatrical films, including Veit Helmer's Absurdistan, Thomas Roth's Falco - Quit living on dreams, Adnan Köse's Run For Your Life! - From Junkie to Ironman and the Oscar- nominated Mongol by Sergey Bodrov.