Cannes – RAI Com, the Italian public broadcaster’s division for trading in content rights, closed deals for over EUR 1 million recently. It achieved international success, with rights to both the new episodes 31 and 32 and classic earlier episodes selling in the US (MHZ), UK (BBC), Austalia and New Zealand (Hi Gloss), Russia (IGMAR), France (France Television) and Latin America (AMC).

“RAI Com had another solid year at MIPTV,” comments Mattia Oddone, RAI Com Head of International Sales. “The international market is looking for content with a strong feel of place, a quality in which Italian productions excel.”

The freshly restored version of Michele Placido’s pathbreaking Mafia-themed series La Piovra was picked up in by Source 1 for the Benelux countries, Russia’s Syncrony and Vietnam .Strong interest in UK and US for The Bastards of Pizzofalcone, a new crime series hugely successful in its Italian home market about the redemption of a rogue police unit in its fight against organized crime.