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22 February 2017

Heart Of The City coming to 3 new territories

Ay Yapim’s new series Heart Of The City is set to be broadcast in Romania, Iran and Iraq following the latest round of deals announced today by Eccho Rights.

The series, which debuted on ATV in January, is the latest from prolific Turkish producers Ay Yapim and writer Ece Yorenc, a partnership which has seen huge global success with Fatmagul, Forbidden Love (Ask-i Memnu), Kurt Seyit & Sura and Medcezir. The same creative team are also behind Brave And Beautiful, another hit series this season in Turkey. Heart Of The City stars popular actors Kerem Bürsin (Seref Meselesi, Günesi Beklerken), Leyla Lydia Tugutlu (Karadayi) and Gürkan Uygun (Kacak).

The story of a young man raised at sea, Heart Of The City sees Ali (Bürsin) reunited with the city that he had tried to leave behind. Though he hates Istanbul and the painful memories that it holds for him, he finds himself drawn deep in to the city in pursuit of a beautiful girl. Ali soon finds far more to connect him to his hometown than he knew existed.
14 February 2017

Six new deals for Insider!

Insider (Icerde) from Ay Yapim, the success of the season on Show TV in Turkey has now been picked up by an additional six countries. Channels in Greece, India, Romania, Iran, Iraq and Albania have all inked deals for the ratings smash hit.

"Insider is an amazing production, once again a No 1 series from Ay Yapim. The series is equally attractive to both female and male audiences, a signature for top Turkish dramas," says Fredrik af Malmborg, Managing Director of Eccho Rights.

Insider started its run in Turkey in September, and has been by far the top performing new show for the Fall/Winter season. With a stable 30% share every week in the commercial demo, the series scores nearly 4 times the average share for Show TV in this demo and time slot. The series airs on Monday night among fierce competition from two returning dramas, Orphan Flowers (Kirgin Cicekler) on ATV, and Broken Pieces (Paramparca) on Star TV, as well as the hugely popular Turkish version of Survivor, which returned to TV8 in January. However Insider remains number one in all categories, as well as scoring record-breaking viewing figures on Youtube where the first episode has now been watched over 10 million times.
10 February 2017

Laura Miñarro is joining our team!

We are thrilled to announce that Laura Miñarro, a hugely experienced executive is joining our team in the role of Director of Co-productions and Scripted. Working from our Madrid office with Barbora Susterova, Laura will oversee Eccho Rights increasing efforts in the field of international co-production, particularly in the Spanish-speaking world.

“This is such an exciting time to join the team at Eccho Rights. As well as growing international sales of some amazing series, Eccho Rights is now building a formidable group of people with huge experience on the co-production side as well, and the future for bringing together international producers looks very bright!” says Laura.

With a wealth of experience garnered at Imagina and Globomedia in Spain, Laura is known and respected throughout the industry and we are delighted to have her on board.
27 January 2017

Elif wins Latina awards and improves ratings in Chile

Latina, Peru's leading commercial television channel, staged the first Latina Turkish Awards last week, celebrating the enormous success of Turkish drama in the country. With a string of nominations for Elif, Isabella Damla the young star who plays the title role, picked up two awards, for Best Newcomer and Best Child Performer.

Meanwhile in Chile, the series goes from strength to strength. The first Turkish drama to be shown on national broadcaster TVN, Elif has grown ratings considerably for the channel since its debut in November. Initially impressing with a rating of 5,6% in November, the show is now already reaching upwards of 9% and continues to improve its performance each week. Elsewhere in Latin America the series continues to draw great audiences in Colombia and Costa Rica.
24 January 2017

Natpe Miami

Natpe Miami was a fantastic market and we were very happy to take the opportunity to meet a huge number of our good friends and colleagues from the Americas. For many this was the first opportunity to see a number of the latest hit shows we are representing, such as Brave And Beautiful, Insider, Bitter Sweet Life and Heart Of The City.

Additionally Eccho Rights assisted in arranging the Global Track at Natpe, and had the privilege of coordinating on a panel discussion "Turkish Drama in Latin America: How Great Television Crosses Boundaries." Fredrik af Malmborg of Eccho Rights was joined on stage by Yamac Okur from Ay Yapim, Ignacio Barrera of Albavision, and Juan Vicente of Mega in Chile with Fabricio Ferrara of Prensario Internacional chairing the session. Click here to see the session in full.
19 January 2017

Zee signs up Snowdrop

Zee in India have signed a deal to launch the Ukrainian series Snowdrop in India. The 100 episode series is based on the format Ice Adonis from the Korean producers CJ E&M. Snowdrop follows the story of two step-sisters, caught in a feud over the family business and a shared love of the same man.

Eccho Rights is working very actively in the Indian market at the moment. Multiple Turkish readymades have recently been licensed, and a local version of the Ay Yapim script Fatmagul is in development. This title will be launched worldwide by Eccho Rights at MipTV later on this spring.
18 January 2017

Flight HS13 arrives in the UK

Walter Presents, the acclaimed foreign language drama service, have agreed a deal to take Flight HS13 to the UK. Channel 4’s online digital channel for international drama will be streaming the series from Dutch producer Column Film, later this year.

The series, based on an original script from Turkish producers Ay Yapim, was a big hit with audiences in the Netherlands late last year, scoring great ratings and more than doubling the channel NPO3’s average share over its 10-episode run.

Co-founder of Walter Presents and curator Walter Iuzzolino says, “Flight HS13 had me on the edge of my seat throughout. We are delighted to be doing our first deal with Eccho Rights and Column Film and given the premium quality of this series, we hope it will be the first of many.”
12 January 2017

Crack Them Up coming to Finland

Hit comedy format Crack Them Up is on its way to Finland. Yellow Film & TV (the team behind Nurses and Comedy Combat) have licensed the series and will be delivering 10 episodes for Nelonen to air this March. The original format, from Studio Kvartal 95, is one of Ukraine's favourite entertainment shows, with its 12th season running from September 2016. Hosted by Ukraine’s top comic talent Vladimir Zelensky (Servant Of The People) the series sees amateur stand ups perform for a panel of tough professionals; if they get a laugh out of them they win a cash prize.

Meanwhile, following the huge success of the first two seasons, broadcaster HTV7 has confirmed a third run of the Vietnamese version of the show from producers Dien Quan.