Concludes new sales for My Family, High Stakes and A Tribute to Spike

London 2 March 2004: Leading independent production and distribution company DLT Entertainment is attending this year’s MIP-TV with a number of its highly successful comedies. My Family, High Stakes and A Tribute to Spike will all be on offer along with As Time Goes By, Going Buggs! and Going Home.

Headlining the slate is hit sitcom My Family produced by DLT Entertainment UK in association with Rude Boy Productions for BBC ONE. The fifth series of the popular comedy is currently in production in the UK and the latest 28 episodes have been snapped up by YTV in Canada. This deal follows DLT’s success last year in cracking the competitive German market selling the format rights to the long-running programme to RTL and to Poland’s TVP.

My Family is created by Fred Barron, written by a team of writers and stars highly acclaimed actors Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker. The new episodes are written by an experienced team of writers, headed by James Hendrie and Ian Brown.

The series has developed a dedicated viewership both in the UK and internationally, with sales concluded in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Dubai, Eire, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa and Sweden. DLT Entertainment has the worldwide format rights to the series and BBC Worldwide and DLT jointly handle finished programme sales.

My Family focuses on the life of Ben Harper, a moderately successful family man and dentist. He is also undergoing a mid-life crisis and trying to cope with the bizarre reality of raising his three, very different, teenage children.

Comedy drama series High Stakes produced for ITV in the UK is also on offer. The 12 x half hour series from DLT Entertainment stars Richard Wilson and Jack Shepherd as two British bankers caught up in the dog-eat-dog world of international finance. DLT has just concluded a home entertainment deal with Canada’s Vision for the show.

One off special A Tribute to Spike, which has just been licensed for video by Umbrella in Australia, features the Square Smile charity event of the same name. The programme contains a host of well-known British comedy stars including Harry Enfield, Eddie Izzard, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Eric Sykes. A Tribute to Spike is available in both a 60-minute and a 90-minute format.

Other programmes available at the market include hit comedy As Time Goes By, Going Buggs! a unique animated property, and moving documentary Going Home.

DLT Entertainment is bringing a total of 66 half hours of the ratings winning series As Time Goes By to this year’s market. Produced by DLT Entertainment UK Ltd in association with its sister company The Theatre of Comedy, the show stars Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer as old flames Jean Pargetter and Lionel Hardcastle.

Their love story was set for a happy ending in the 1950s when Jean was a student nurse and Lionel was a young army officer. But, Lionel was posted abroad and they lost touch. Thirty-eight years later through a strange coincidence they are reunited and the flame of passion shows it can still flicker in middle age. DLT Entertainment has split distribution rights with BBC Worldwide as well as international format rights to the series.

Going Buggs! is an innovative cell animated comic action fantasy series created by Al Guest and Jean Mathieson, whose previous work has aired on CBS, HBO and the BBC. Magic Shadows Inc and Red Rocket Animation have co-produced the 13 x 30-minute series which tells the tale of a web-surfing brother and sister who, without warning, are caught up in a quantum storm. Finding themselves in an alternative universe, which is ruled by bugs who are hooked on 50’s music, they are forced to call on all their computer skills to survive.

Concluding DLT Entertainment’s line-up of shows for the market is documentary Going Home. The 60-minute special offers an insight into women in prison exploring the idea that “over one third of all incarcerated women return to prison”. In Going Home, inmates at the Edna Mahan Correction facility open up their hearts on life inside and their hopes on release.

Donald Taffner Jr, Vice President DLT Entertainment says: “These new deals reflect the popularity of My Family, High Stakes and A Tribute to Spike with international audiences. The programmes headline our strong MIP-TV slate and we are looking forward to concluding further deals at the market.”

For further information please contact Danielle Kemble/ Janet Balmforth at Premier Tel + 44 (0) 20 7292 5086, Fax +44 (0) 20 7734 2024 E Mail: danielle@premierpr.com

About DLT Entertainment
With offices in London, New York and Los Angeles, DLT Entertainment Ltd. is engaged in every aspect of television distribution and production around the world, as well as stage production in the US and in the UK.

Founded in 1963 as a distribution company by Don Taffner Senior, the company added television production to its portfolio in 1977. DLT Entertainment has enjoyed terrific success over the last forty plus years with legendary hits including the multiple award-winning sitcom My Family, As Time Goes By, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort and Meet My Folks. In addition DLT has built a reputation as a leading distribution company with classics such as The Benny Hill Show, The World at War, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood and The Russ Abbot Show.

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