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The Wit List is a monthly selection by The Wit of 3 fresh, innovative and entertaining shows from around the world with highest social media buzz, made just for the MIPTV-MIPCOM community.

HAYAT BAZEN TATLIDIR (BITTER SWEET LIFE), STAR TV, TURKEY

Pitch: Drama series about the story of Hayat, a history teacher at a top private school and her little sister Gözde. One day Hayat arrives just in time to stop her unconscious sister from being raped by a fellow student. When Hayat confronts the boy’s rich father about the incident he makes sure she loses her job. Hayat gets a new job at a state school where she has to fight the system in order to give her students a good education…

Social media buzz:  According to the witspottER analytics, the drama series was the fifth most commented premiere of the week in social media worldwide and the most commented one in Turkey, reaching 18,723 comments on Twitter and Facebook.

Premiere: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Distributor(s):   Eccho Rights
100 weekly 45-minute episodes

TERROR – IHR URTEIL (THE VERDICT), DAS ERSTE, GERMANY

Pitch:  Interactive legal thriller TV movie telling the case of a group of terrorists who hijack a civil airplane and force the pilot to set course for a packed soccer stadium. At the last minute and against the explicit orders of his wing commander, a German air-force pilot shoots down the airplane before it crashes into the stadium. Having saved the lives of tens of thousands but killing all passengers on board, he now faces charges for his action in court. The audience witnesses the trial and have to judge for themselves by voting live online, via telephone or text message: guilty or innocent?

Social media buzz:  According to the witspottER analytics, the interactive special was the fifth most commented premiere of the week in social media worldwide and the most commented one in Germany, reaching 22,440 comments on Twitter and Facebook.

Premiere: Monday, October 17, 2016
Distributor(s):   Beta Film
Two-hour special

THE YOUNG POPE, SKY ATLANTIC, ITALY

Pitch:  Drama series directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Oscar winner of the best foreign language film for La grande bellezza) on a fictitious American pope that focuses on invented scandals and intrigue behind the Vatican walls. The drama premiered the same day on Sky Atlantic in Germany and Austria and a few days later in France on Canal+, and on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Ireland. A second season has been ordered.

Social media buzz:  According to the witspottER analytics, the drama series was the second most commented premiere of the week in social media in Italy and among the top five in Europe, reaching 7,644 comments on Twitter and Facebook.

Premiere: Friday, October 21, 2016
Distributor(s):   FremantleMedia International
10 weekly 60-minute episodes

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