Sony Pictures Television

Press Release


Culver City, 17 October, 2013: SPT Networks’ latest original commission, Crossing Lines, has launched across its channel portfolio with strong ratings, triple digit growth in slot averages and beating channel benchmarks in every region. The cross border European crime series has premiered on SPT channels AXN and Sony Entertainment Television in Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Russia & CIS, Central Europe, Korea, India and Japan.
Year to date slot averages have been significantly lifted by Crossing Lines across SPT’s channels in countries such as Romania (+149%), Hungary (+104%), India (+16%), Spain (+136%), Brazil (+154%) and Korea (+186%). In Spain, Crossing Lines was up triple-digits against a year ago and ranked among AXN’s top ten series premieres since 2004. In Poland the drama rated as one of AXN’s top three series premieres in three years. In Korea the show doubled the time period’s average audience while in Brazil it beat year on year ratings by more than 200%. 
SPT has committed to a second order of Crossing Lines as well as a second season of original series commission, Hannibal.
Celebrating the ratings success, SPT Networks evp of programming and production, Marie Jacobson, said: “These outstanding results back our commitment to commissioning original dramas that create global television staples for our networks. Crossing Lines delivers the best of Ed Bernero complemented by a top-notch international cast, culminating in a signature procedural series tailor-made for our channels.”   
Created by Edward Allen Bernero, (Criminal Minds, Third Watch), Crossing Lines taps into the charter of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to mandate a special crime unit, creating an organization functioning as a European FBI designed to investigate serialized crimes that cross over European borders. 
Crossing Lines is produced by Tandem Communications and Bernero Productions in co-production with TF1 and in association with SPT Networks. 



About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 11 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio’s premium streaming network, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of the cable channel Game Show Network (GSN). SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and