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Gomorrah: Beta Film signs deals in Africa and India

MUNICH: The hot-selling Italian mafia series Gomorrah continues its international roll-out. Beta Film has sold the Sky Italia mega-hit to M-Net, the biggest subscription TV network in Africa, where it will be screened from 1 April 2017 on the new foreign language TV series block on M-Net 101, M-Net’s flagship channel.

The South Africa–based, MultiChoice Group-owned TV service has only recently opened up to European productions and will broadcast the show in its original version with English subtitles as well as subtitles in local languages throughout the continent. Gomorrah, sold to the US (Sundance TV) and numerous other territories worldwide, will also travel to India’s DTH television service Tata Sky for its Tata Sky World Series service.

Tata Sky is a joint venture between Tata Sons and 21st Century Fox. The subcontinent is traditionally dominated by a strong local film- and TV industry with difficult conditions for non-English shows.

Sky Italia, Cattleya, Fandango and Beta Film are working on Gomorrah’s third installment, which is currently in post-production.

In addition, Beta Film closed a multi-hour deal with the African telecommunications group Econet for its recently launched Pay TV service Kwesé TV, containing 50 German and French movies and European feature films, among them the Emma Watson thriller Colonia, Berlinale Golden Bear-winning Child’s Pose and The White Masai. All shows will be broadcast in Sub-Saharan Africa in their original language with English subtitles as well as in local languages.

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