Vienna, February 1st 2016
US network ABC ordered a put pilot of ORF's (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) series 'BRAUNSCHLAG'.
The US adaption called 'Hail Mary', will be a comedian half-hour single-camera project.
Author of the co-production of ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television is Brian Gallivan (creator of The McCarthys). Seth Gordon (SPT-based) will direct the pilot, Tariq Jalil (Agency Intrigue) will executive produce the cult-series. "Intrigue never lost faith in this extraordinary scripted format and finally succeeded in setting up the Sony/ABC deal: we are very proud and honored, that 'Braunschlag' will soon be available as an US-adaption', Marion Camus-Oberdorfer, Head of ORF-Enterprises' Content Sales International, says.
The Austrian original 'Braunschlag', created by David Schalko, successfully aired at ORF in prime-time, with sensational market shares of 36 percent.
The ABC adaption 'Hail Mary' centers on a young female mayor named Mary Wolf, who has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck. The only thing that saves her and her backwoods town is a faked miracle.
Austrian original-author David Schalko likes the idea of the US version: 'Especially the new and unconventional interpretation of the story makes the US adaption very appealing to me. I am curiously looking forward to ABC's spin off version.'
About ORF-Enterprise GmbH:
ORF-Enterprise is a 100% affiliate of ORF, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. With its department Content Sales International, ORF-Enterprise's core business is international sales of TV-, VOD-,DVD- and footage rights. The business sector of Content Sales International is responsible for the world-wide sale of TV productions by ORF (Austrian Broadcasting) and Austrian producers, marketed with the archive of ORF TV material. Among the clients of the ORF enterprise in this business sector are leading international media companies such as ARD, ZDF (1st and 2nd German Television), BBC, France Television, National Geographic and Discovery Channels, also Video on Demand platforms such as Hulu, Amazon, Maxdome, Flimmit, DVD marketing firms and advertising and film production companies.
This is Intrigue's fourth network sale for 2014. Their other projects include FIRST LADY at the CW network (based on the Chilean telenovela PRIMERA DAMA), GAME OF SILENCE with NBC (based on the Turkish drama SUSKUNLAR), and their original project ALL IN at CBS. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Intrigue specializes in the development of television formats for the US marketplace. Previous successes include OPERATION REPO, a series based on an original Spanish format from Telemundo, which is in its eleventh season on American television with over 200 episodes produced.