Border-breaking NBCU Copro with RTL and TF1

IN a MIPTV 2015 border breaking co-production deal, NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production (NBCU-ITVP), French commercial broadcaster TF1 and German broadcasting network Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, have partnered to produce original US style TV procedural dramas for the international market. Variety reports that the agreement covers production of three new dramas over two years, each with a season consisting of 12-14 episodes. The development and production of the projects, to be written, shot and cast in North America, will be headed up by JoAnn Alfano, NBCU-ITVP’s exec VP of scripted programming. An international creative board with the power to greenlight projects will led by Alfano and include RTL’s exec VP productions and international acquisitions Joerg Graf, CEO of RTL’s Vox Television Bernd Reichart, NBCU-ITVP president Michael Edelstein, and two executives from TF1. As serialized dramas become more popular, the supply of US-style procedural dramas, which work better for free-to-air broadcasters because they are episodic and self contained, have been steadily declining. The deal between NBCU, RTL and TF1 will create a pipeline for the new shows, which RTL and TF1 will own the rights for in their own territories, Germany and France, respectively. NBCUniversal will license the rights for the U.S. and the rest of the world on behalf of the partnership.