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28 March 2018

Brave and Beautiful breaks new ground in the Far East

Already sold to over 60 territories around the world, NTV7 (Malaysia), HTV7 (Vietnam) and ABS CBN (Philippines) become the latest channels to pick up what is fast becoming one of Eccho Rights' top selling Turkish Dramas of all time. 

Brave and Beautiful also recently debuted on Mega in Chile, and has been scoring an average 25% share, with double the number of viewers of its closest rival in the afternoon slot.

“Brave and Beautiful has fulfilled every expectation we had from a powerful producer like Ay Yapim, and the amazing acting talent they assembled,” says Fredrik af Malmborg, Managing Director of International distributor Eccho Rights. “As well as our traditionally successful Turkish Drama markets like LATAM and MENA, this series has also opened doors to a number of newer regions for us.”

On the Asian sales Nixon Yau Lim, Head of Asia Pacific at Eccho Rights says: “The Philippines is the latest country betting on Turkish Drama after seeing a growing interest across the region, in Vietnam and Malaysia particularly. This has even worked its way up to China where we have just completed our first deal for a Turkish feature film, as new channels are eager to test out this hugely successful genre.” Delibal, a 2015 romantic feature length movie also from Ay Yapim, has been picked up by BlueMedia Times for broadcast in China.
23 March 2018

Centro Medico renewed for over 1000 episodes

Centro Medico, the scripted reality series from Zebra Producciones in Spain has been renewed by TVE for a ninth season, bringing the total number of episodes to over 1000. Based on Belgian format The Clinic, from Tuvalu, Centro Medico was first introduced to Spanish audiences in 2015 when Eccho Rights brough the format rights to Zebra. This first season provided such a strong improvement for TVE in the difficult access prime slot that the series was immediately renewed, and has been recommissioned for at least 2 seasons per year ever since.

“The Clinic is a simple but hugely effective format, taking real life medical cases, shooting on location and allowing each story to play out as in real life, providing gripping and emotional storylines every day,” says Nicola Söderlund, Managing Partner at Eccho Rights.

The Flemish original, De Kliniek, ran to 95 episodes on VTM and provided the channel with its best audience figures for the access prime slot in over 10 years. In addition to Spain, Eccho Rights has optioned The Clinic for remake in France, Italy, Finland and Ukraine.
6 March 2018

New deals for Prisoner of Love!

Prisoner of Love, the hit daily drama from Karamel Yapim in Turkey is coming to Imedi TV in Georgia and Astana TV in Kazakhstan, both broadcasters agreeing deals for the first two seasons amounting to over 400 commercial hours.

Prisoner of Love is currently in its second season in Turkey. Following a strong first season on state broadcaster TRT, the series moved to leading commercial station Star TV where it has improved its rating and cemented its place as the top performing daily drama in the late afternoon slot. A third season has since been commissioned for later this year that will see the series extend beyond 600 episodes.

“We have watched the progress of Prisoner of Love excitedly, after enjoying such phenomenal success with another daily show, Elif, in the international market. With another very strong domestic performance we are confident that Prisoner of Love will once more translate in to a great worldwide success,” says Handan Özkubat, Head of Eccho Rights’ Istanbul office.
16 February 2018

NEW BRIDE MOVING IN TO NEW TERRITORIES

New Bride, the chart-topping comedy-drama from Turkey has found success in Kazakhstan, while becoming the latest Turkish series to enter the Malaysian market where it will air on NTV 7. Bosnian OBN have also picked up the series for their daily access prime-time slot.

TV 7 in Kazakhstan added New Bride to its line up in October, and has reported a doubling of its average share during its daily prime time broadcast. This has contributed to an overall upward trend in the channel’s performance, which has reported a 36% increase in its total share in the market place this Winter.

“New Bride has been one of the most successful series in Turkey this past year, regularly topping the ratings charts in a fiercely competitive Saturday prime time,” says Handan Özkubat, Head of Eccho Rights’ Istanbul office. “The success in Kazakhstan demonstrates its great appeal as a fun, yet romantic show that appeals to the whole family.”
9 February 2018

TELEFE adds two Ay Yapim series to its slate

Argentina’s Telefe has become the latest channel to sign up a multi-series deal with Eccho Rights, bringing more Turkish Drama series to the region.

The broadcaster has picked up both Brave and Beautiful and Insider from producer Ay Yapim, two of the biggest series to have come from Turkey in the past year.

“As the leading network in Argentina, we need the best content. With these two series from one of the world’s top producers we are once again providing the best in international television for our viewers,” says Mercedes Feu, Manager - Telefe Acquisitions.

“These two series are a perfect example of what makes Turkish Drama so successful. On the one hand, with Brave and Beautiful you have a cast with a huge international following, a powerful family story and a great romance. And with Insider’s success we see that though the themes are somewhat darker, with more crime and action, the storytelling is still at an emotional level that locks in viewers and generates real loyalty amongst audiences,” adds Laura Minarro, Acting Head of Sales for LATAM at Eccho Rights.
7 February 2018

ELIF TOPS LATAM BUYERS LISTS

Following last month’s NATPE in Miami, Eccho Rights can confirm new sales of daily drama sensation Elif amounting to over 1200 hours.

Channels across Latin American have enjoyed huge success with the series from producers Green Yapim, which first aired in the region on Caracol in Colombia in summer 2016, scoring an average share of over 25% ever since. More significant numbers have come from Telefe in Argentina where Elif has been winning its slot each day with an average share well over 40% since launching in August 2017.

Wapa America have now signed up the series for Hispanic US, while broadcasters in Puerto Rico (Telemundo), Paraguay (Telefuturo), Peru (Latina), Chile (TVN), as well as Caracol and Telefe have been busily renewing for additional seasons, buoyed by these success stories.

“Elif continues to top ratings charts around the world, and now in its fourth season in Turkey, shows no signs of slowing down,” says Fredrik af Malmborg, Managing Director at Eccho Rights

“The results speak for themselves and buyers are queuing up each time we meet to get more of the same!” adds Laura Minarro, acting Head of Sales for LATAM.
1 February 2018

Eccho Rights starts Secret Affair

Eccho Rights have agreed a deal with JTBC in Korea, to represent the format rights for Secret Affair, the award winning drama series. The original series, which aired in 2014, won several prizes in Korea, including the Baeksang Arts Award for Best Screenplay.

Secret Affair tells the story of a forbidden love between a well-to-do, successful woman in her forties, and a much younger man. Though he has none of her class and sophistication, his prodigious musical talent is enchanting and the two are unable to resist each other.

"We are very proud of this script and judging by Eccho Rights' track record in creating excellent remakes with independent producers, we are looking forward to see it continue to travel in new markets,” says Paul Chong, Director of Emerging Markets at JTBC.
20 December 2017

Presenting Stiletto Vendetta: another Ay Yapim hit!

We have extended our cooperation with Ay Yapim, announcing today that we will handle international sales for Stiletto Vendetta, the latest series from Turkish Drama’s biggest production house. This amazing new drama series follows three women, friends since childhood, who are unexpectedly reunited with a fourth - the victim of a cruel teenage prank that left her ashamed, devastated and forced to flee the girls she thought were her friends. As the group get to know each other once again, old scores need to be settled, while new rivalries have fatal consequences…

The series (local title Ufak Tefek Cinayetler) has been earning increasingly strong ratings and reviews on Star TV in Turkey since its launch in October. In the all-important AB demographic the series has risen to the top spot with over 20% share in the face of very strong competition on Tuesday evening prime time.
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