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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION SELLS OUTLANDER AROUND THE GLOBE


Hit drama to air across Europe & Latin America following raft of new deals 
                                                                                                                                
LONDON 8 October 2014: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has sold its latest hit drama series Outlander across Latin America and Europe, taking the total number of territories to 87. 
 
The critically-acclaimed 16-episode drama is currently being shown on STARZ in the US and was the most watched series debut for an original STARZ drama launching in the summer. On the back of its strong performance, STARZ has already commissioned a second season.
 
In a deal announced today, SPT has licensed Outlander to streaming subscription video on demand (SVOD) service Clarovideo, bringing the drama to subscribers in 14 markets across Latin America - including Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay - in mid 2015.  
 
Broadcasters across Europe are equally captivated by the epic series, with Viasat picking up the rights for its SVOD service Viaplay in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Meanwhile, HBO in The Netherlands and the Icelandic broadcaster 365 have secured SVOD rights and the Pay TV rights for Outlander in their respective markets, and VRT picked up Free TV rights in Flemish speaking Belgium. Irish Broadcaster RTE has also picked up the drama, which will air on RTE2 this autumn. 
 
Keith LeGoy, president of international distribution at SPT said: “These new platforms offer an ideal environment for viewers to enjoy this rich, cinematic story, and we will continue to build on the tremendous success Outlander has already had on STARZ in the US.” 
 
Outlander has also already been sold to Foxtel’s Soho channel in Australia, where it secured the drama channel’s second highest audience of the year when it launched in August. SPT also sold the series to Spark New Zealand’s recently-launched SVOD service Lightbox, where Outlander is among the most-watched titles, as well as popular Chinese SVOD platform Sohu.   
 
The Outlander series follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 and into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited and Claire is soon torn between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. 
 
The series adaptation for Outlander was developed by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica). Ronald D. Moore and Jim Kohlberg are executive producers of Outlander, which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.
 
ENDS
 

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Saskia Wirth
Director, Communications (EMEA)
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saskia_wirth@spe.sony.com

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Sony Pictures Television (www.sonypicturestelevision.com), 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 DoctorOZ.com.