US distributor Palm Picturesyesterday acquired North American distribution rights to City Of Men, the TV series that picks up from FernandoMeirelles' Oscar-nominated smash film City Of God. International rights are being handled by theUK's Lumina Films.

Lumina is also gearing up topre-sell the feature film of City Of Menwhich will go into production later this year. The film is to be directed byMeirelles' long-term partner at 02 Filmes, Paolo Morelli.

The TV series is produced by Meirelles, Andrea BarataRibeiro and Bel Berlinck (who will also produce the film) through 02 and TVGlobo. It introduces twoirresistible teenage boys who face not just the trials and tribulations of anynormal teenagers (puberty, girls and the desire for new trainers), but also thegrim realities of growing up in one of the most dangerous and notorious slumsin the world.

Palm'sdeal with Lumina covers three series or 14 episodes.

Palm's acquisitions headDavid Koh said: "We areextremely happy and honoured to be entrusted with the release of City Of Men and look forward to bringing this great series toaudiences in America and working closely with Lumina Films, 02, and Globo onthe release."

Lumina chief, Samantha Horleysaid: "It is great to secure a happy home for this incomparable series,which is as funny as it is poignant, and we are delighted that home is withPalm."