DLT Entertainment launches new episodes at MIPCOM 2003

(Cannes MIPCOM 2003) DLT Entertainment has sold the format rights to its award-winning sitcom My Family to Poland. The UK’s favourite sitcom, which recently won the TV Quick award for Best Comedy, has been picked up by TVP.

The state broadcaster has ordered an initial 16 episodes and will produce the first eight by the end of this year. It will produce its local version of My Family in-house.

This deal follows on the back of a Turkish version of My Family, which was produced by Medyapim for Kanal D and broadcast earlier this year.

DLT Entertainment is also launching brand new episodes of the long-running series at MIPCOM 2003. In the UK, the BBC has requested series 5 and 6 (a further 28 episodes) of My Family, and DLT will be offering the new available episodes to international buyers for the first time at this year’s market.

Produced by DLT Entertainment UK in association with Rude Boy Productions for BBC ONE, My Family is created by Fred Barron, written by a team of writers and stars highly acclaimed actors Robert Lindsay and Zöe Wanamaker. The new episodes will be written by an experienced team of writers, headed by James Hendrie and Ian Brown.

BBC ONE most recently aired the fourth series and My Family continued to win major audiences throughout the run, further proving to be one of the broadcaster’ most successful sitcoms over the last seven years. My Family continually won its Friday night primetime slot with a 35% audience share.

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, Holland, Iceland, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, New Zealand, Norway, 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.

The series 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.

Donald Taffner Jr, Vice President DLT Entertainment says: “My Family is a sitcom which strikes a chord with viewers worldwide and has developed a loyal audience and we are delighted to have concluded the Polish format sale. We are looking forward to continued high ratings in the UK for the new series and are confident of further finished programme and format sales for the show.”

For further information please contact Janet Balmforth or Aimee Norman at Premier Tel + 44 (0) 20 7292 8331, Fax +44 (0) 20 7734 2024 E Mail: janet@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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