Jean Reno fights crime in Paris, Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain search for the new super chef and Steven Van Zandt turns Norway upside down: With over 60 new programs, including 6 drama series and an extensive U.S. TV movie slate, Red Arrow International presents an amazing line-up at MIPTV 2013.
Fiction highlights include crime procedural Jo, starring Jean Reno and Jill Hennessy, spy thriller Restless featuring Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell and Michelle Dockery and second seasons of Lilyhammer and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. Joining the party are Ananda, winner of two Israeli Academy Awards, black-humored comedy series Hellfjord penned by Tommy Wirkola (writer/director of box office smash hit “Hansel & Gretel – Witch Hunters”), movie cycle Johan Falk with Joel Kinnaman and legal thriller The Escape Artist starring David Tennant (“Doctor Who”).
Red Arrow International’s format slate presents The Taste featuring Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain, Dick de Rijk’s brand new game show The Darn Dice, new episodes of award winning ratings hit What If? and Idiot Proof which combines scientific detective work with spectacular feats of daredevilry!
Jens Richter, Managing Director of Red Arrow International: “Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, Steven Van Zandt, Joel Kinnaman and Jean Reno: Terrific talents and outstanding storytelling – that’s what entertainment is about. I’m thrilled with our exceptional line-up.”
Events Unlimited: In his role as elite cop Jo (produced by Atlantique Productions) Jean Reno stops at nothing to solve mysterious murder cases. Fighting crime alongside Reno are Jill Hennessy (“Crossing Jordan”) and Tom Austen (“The Borgias”) while Hollywood newcomer Heida Reed (“One Day”) plays Jo’s estranged daughter Adèle. Filmed in English and on location in Paris, the crime series was created by Emmy Award winner René Balcer – the man behind “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” – and has already been picked up in over 120 territories. Based on William Boyd’s bestselling novel, Restless (produced by Endor Productions) is a compelling spy thriller, set in World War II and the 1970s, starring Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell and Michelle Dockery. Former mob fixer, Frank Tagliano is still under witness protection in Lilyhammer (produced by Rubicon TV, co-produced by Netflix). Living under the guise of Johnny Henriksen, he is a successful nightclub owner and more recently, a father of two. Starring Steven Van Zandt (“The Sopranos”), season two of Lilyhammer introduces outstanding British actors Alan Ford (“Snatch”), Paul Kaye (“Game of Thrones”), Amy Beth Hayes (“Doctor Who”), Tony Pitts (“Sherlock”) and Amit Shah (“The Infidel“) into the fold.
Formats: The Taste (produced by Kinetic Content) shows four culinary superstars – Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, Brian Malarkey and Ludo Lefebvre – relying only on their taste buds to find the new super chef. What if (produced by SHELTER) the new Pope was a dog? What if all cops were gay? Outperforming its channel average by 258%, the season two premiere of the sketch comedy scored the highest ratings for 2BE since 2009. Is it possible to “surf” a train at over 120mph? Can you really ski down the longest escalator in Europe? In Idiot Proof (produced by NERD) two engineering experts track down daredevils behind the most spectacular internet videos and find out if their stunts are real or just very sophisticated hoaxes. The Darn Dice (created by Dick de Rijk) decides everything in this high tension game show – from who plays to how much they can win! Taking the worldwide Internet phenomenon of outrageous first dances to the next level, First Dance (created by Kinetic Content, produced by STV Productions and GroupM) gives two couples the chance to win an amazing cash prize! Whoever creates the best dance routine guaranteed to astonish their wedding guests, wins.
Drama Series: After her boyfriend breaks up with her at the airport, newly single Anna leaves for India to get over her heartache – and soon finds herself traveling the subcontinent with two veteran trekkers. Earlier this year Ananda (produced by July August Productions) won two Israeli Academy Awards for “Best Script” and “Best Actress in a Drama Series”. Taxi Driver (produced by July August Productions) follows the roller-coaster lives of five best friends who all work at the same taxi station, driving themselves, their customers and their friends crazy! Season four of The Last Cop (produced by ITV STUDIOS Germany) has macho Mick escaping to the solitude of a cabin in the woods after quitting his job. A murder committed with the exact same weapon he was shot with 17 years ago convinces The Last Cop to return to the force. All is well in Danni Lowinski’s (Produced by Phoenix Film) life: The former hairdresser turned lawyer still offers one minute of legal advice for €1, but in the fourth season she finally gets her own office. And two guys are fighting for Danni’s attention!
Comedy Series: Written by Tommy Wirkola – writer/director of box office smash hit “Hansel & Gretel – Witch Hunters” – Hellfjord (produced by Tappeluft Pictures) tells the black-humored fish-out-of-water story of urban police officer Salmander, who is banished to the tiny Norwegian fishing community Hellfjord after publicly killing his horse. Remake rights to Hellfjord were just picked up by Showtime in the U.S. Scoring record ratings on NBC, Betty White and her fearless gang of seniors are back for season two of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (produced by Kinetic Content), a hidden-camera series where senior citizens prank unsuspecting youngsters. Guest stars include Kim Kardashian and Psy. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers is based on International Emmy Award and Rose d’Or winning Benidorm Bastards (produced by SHELTER).
Movie Cycles: Detective Johan Falk (produced by Strix Drama) and his special unit investigate in a world where lives mean nothing. Starring Jakob Eklund and Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”, “Safe House”) this gripping movie-cycle is inspired by real cases, investigations and covert ops.
Movies: With 25 new movies – including high quality, star loaded TV movies from US top-notch TV producers Larry Levinson, Incendo, Inferno Pictures & Echo Park Entertainment and Chesler/Perlmutter Productions – Red Arrow International’s movie line up offers everything from crime over drama to romantic comedy.
Romantic comedy This Magic Moment (produced by Larry Levinson Productions) has screenwriter-to-be Clark sneaking his way onto the movie set which will change his life forever. Roy and Sarah try to rekindle their romance by moving to Cold Spring (produced by Chesler/Perlmutter Productions) but soon find themselves haunted by the past. So is Samatha. Will she survive the Hunting Season (produced by Inferno Pictures and Echo Park Entertainment)?
Upcoming Events: Will Burton is The Escape Artist (produced by Endor Productions for the BBC), a defense lawyer who specializes in getting people out of tight legal corners. But when his talents acquit the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, that brilliance comes back to bite him. Starring David Tennant (“Doctor Who”), Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”) and Ashley Jensen (“Extras”). With millions of fans around the world, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch (produced by Fabrik Entertainment) finally comes to TV. In his first case, Bosch follows the trail to a murderer after a dog brings home a human bone. Romeo and Juliet meets football in Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals (produced by The Mob Film Company), while Mata Mata (produced by F24 Film) follows young and upcoming Brazilian football talents on their journey to reach their dreams – the FIFA World Cup 2014. With a unique access to the hidden circles pulling the strings in the background but also intimate private moments, Mata Mata follows its protagonists for almost two years as they struggle for success.
Factual: Mark Roberts is The Man Who Streaked The World (produced by NERD and Middlechild Productions). He has done the Full Monty over 500 times. Mark, known as “The Baredevil”, is not getting any younger and his kids are desperate for him to stop. But before he does, he is planning one final streak.