BVITV brings live action and animation to Mipcom


MUMBAI: Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) will bring seven new live action network series to the MIPCOM international TV market. The seven new live action series include five, one hour dramas and one new comedy.

The new one hour drama will be the dark, comedic Desperate Housewives, a witty, dark look at suburbia, the series follows the truth behind the apparent domestic bliss of a group of wives, narrated through the eyes of Mary Alice, a deceased former resident of their upmarket suburb.

The other drama, Lost is about the survivors of a plane crash are forced to live with each other on a remote island - a dangerous new world posing unique threats of its own.

Grey's Anatomy, the drama about the professional and personal lives of young interns in a surgical training program at a Seattle hospital. Kevin Hill is a drama where Taye Diggs stars as a young attorney who gives up his playboy lifestyle to raise his ten-month old niece after his cousin dies unexpectedly, informs the offical communique.

Life as we know it features three hormone-charged teenage boys who are trying to grow up without totally freaking out. BVITV's new half-hour comedy will be Rodney, based around the stand-up routine of US comedian Rodney Carrington.



Also being launched at MIPCOM is The Days is another set of drama following the life of a modern American family, with two ambitious parents and three strong-minded kids, as they grapple with humorous and tough change-of-life issues. This series marks the first project under a unique programming partnership between the ABC Television Network and advertising agency MindShare North America, informs the company release.

BVITV will present W.I.T.C.H. to its clients, an animated series combining epic adventure, comedy, magic and realism. It follows the adventures of five teen heroines who possess the superpowers of the elements.

The series was born out of a Disney Publishing comic serie, and comes from the Jetix Europe portfolio of programming, of which BVITV services the distribution. Also from the Jetix portfolio is Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!', a futuristic, fun, animated action series about Chiro, a young boy defending his home against the evil Skeleton King, aided by a team of five Super Robot Monkey warriors.

This year, BVITV will be taking seven returning live action series to the market, with the high-octane drama Alias which will starring Jennifer Garner, According to Jim (with Jim Belushi), 8 Simple Rules, Scrubs, Less than Perfect and 'My Wife and Kids'. The family comedy Hope & Faith, starring Faith Ford and Kelly Ripa, launched at MIPCOM 2003, will return for a second season.

At MIPCOM, BVITV will be talking to its clients about local development of the formats Extreme Makeover, The Amazing Race and The Family, through its portfolio development group, headed up by vice president Philippe Maigret.

EMEA senior vice president and managing director Tom Toumazis, at BVITV commented: "Our line-up of new one hour dramas is already showing strong international appeal, and we are looking forward to be able to show our clients more of these series down at MIPCOM, as they are currently in production. In addition, to be able to offer eagerly-anticipated kids properties like W.I.T.C.H. and Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, returning series and formats will give our slate a broad appeal going into the market."

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