Cineflix Studios Signs Distribution Deal with Beta Film for Copper Drama Series

Cineflix Studios today announces it has signed a distribution deal with Germany’s Beta Film for Copper, its gripping new 10-hour crime drama series, co-commissioned with BBC America. The deal sees the distributor taking the rights for territories including Germany, France, Southern and Eastern Europe and Asia.

Set in 1860s New York City, Copper centers around Kevin Corcoran, an intense, rugged Irish-immigrant cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighborhood. Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots – the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his forensics work – takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and rural Harlem. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever.

Oliver Bachert, VP International Acquisitions, Beta Film said: "We are proud to work again, after Borgia, with Tom Fontana on his next show-running project Copper. The crime genre combined with the structure of compelling horizontal story telling provides great potential for Free and Pay TV channels around the world.”

Glen Salzman, CEO of Cineflix Media said:  “Copper is the first exciting project to be greenlit by Cineflix Studios, which is growing rapidly as Cineflix continues to develop high quality scripted programming and attract the best talent in the business. We are very pleased to be partnering with Beta, a company with a long track record and outstanding reputation, to distribute the series.

Copper is created by Tom Fontana (OZ, Homicide: Life on the Street, St. Elsewhere) and Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball, Southland).  Amongst the co-executive producers on the series are Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, You Don't Know Jack) and Christina Wayne, President of Cineflix Studios (Broken Trail and executive in charge of Mad Men at AMC).

Cineflix Rights is distributing the series in all other territories in the world outside of North America. The deal was brokered by Nick Witkowski, Senior Vice President, International Business Development for Cineflix Studios and Oliver Bachert for Beta Film. Production on Copper is set to begin in Toronto in January 2012.

About Cineflix Studios

Cineflix Studios combines global broadcast and production partners, major talent, and key executives to develop and produce high-quality scripted programming for cable and broadcast in the US, Canada, and around the world. Christina Wayne is President of Cineflix Studios, Vlad Wolynetz is President of Production, and Sally Catto is Executive Vice President. Cineflix Studios was established in July 2010 and is a subsidiary of the international production and distribution company Cineflix Media.

About Beta Film

Founded in 1959, Beta Film GmbH is one of the world's leading international distributors of license rights for TV, cinema, video and new media with customers in over 165 countries. Beta's one-of-a-kind program catalogue comprises over 15,000 hours or 4,000 titles in every available format and genre – from exciting action series, stirring TV movies and attention-getting miniseries to internationally acclaimed feature films, engrossing documentaries and unforgettable classics. Beta has been part of Jan Mojto’s company group since 2004.

For more information, contact:

Mark Ogle at OH Communications (for Cineflix)
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Gabrielle Free, Vice President, Publicity and Communications,
Cineflix Media Inc
416 504 7317