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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION SELLS NEW COMEDY MARRY ME INTO 74 TERRITORIES WORLDWIDE


Show Will Air Across EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific

CULVER CITY, CA, December 3, 2014 — Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that it has licensed “Marry Me,” its new comedy from the executive producers of “Happy Endings,” into 74 territories across six continents.

“We have had tremendous interest in 'Marry Me' ever since our first client screening. There is a universality to this story and these characters, so we anticipate that audiences around the globe will enjoy this charming romantic comedy," says Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution for SPT.

Canal Sony has acquired the rights to the comedy across 23 territories in Latin America, including Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. “Marry Me” will also air on the channel in Brazil. The series is slated to debut across the region in early 2015.

SPT has also completed several deals for “Marry Me” across Europe. MTG has acquired the series for its free TV channel and SVOD service in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. In Ireland, RTE has secured the comedy for RTE2. D-Smart has also picked up the rights to the series in Turkey and Turkish-speaking Cyprus for their DiziSmart Platin channel. “Marry Me” has also been licensed to Icelandic broadcaster 365.

Across the Middle East and North Africa, pay TV broadcaster OSN has picked up "Marry Me" for its channel OSN First Comedy HD, to premiere in 20 territories in early 2015.

In Asia Pacific, RTL CBS Entertainment has secured the rights to “Marry Me,” bringing the SPT series to 15 territories next year, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. The comedy has also been acquired in China by the video-streaming platform iQiyi.com.

As previously announced, “Marry Me” has been licensed to Channel 4 in the UK, where it will air in early 2015, as well as Seven Network in Australia and TV New Zealand. In addition, Shaw Media has acquired the series in Canada for Global, where it currently airs on Friday nights.

“Marry Me” premiered in the U.S. in October and is currently NBC’s No. 1 comedy this season. It is also the most-watched Tuesday night comedy this season on any broadcast network and the No. 2 new comedy overall, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research.

“Marry Me” follows Jake (Ken Marino, “Party Down”) and Annie (Casey Wilson, “Happy Endings”), who after six years of dating are finally getting engaged, which is all Annie seems to want. But Jake and Annie approach things completely differently; Annie is a four-alarm fire, while Jake is calm and laid back about everything. When Annie manages to insult their every friend and family member, the hard-won engagement is in jeopardy. As they begin the journey to their wedding day, they’ll discover that getting engaged was the easy part.

David Caspe (“Happy Endings,” “That’s My Boy”), Jamie Tarses (“Happy Endings,” “Franklin & Bash”), Seth Gordon (“The Goldbergs,” “Horrible Bosses”), Moses Port (“Happy Endings,” “Community”) and David Guarascio (“Happy Endings,” “Community”) serve as executive producers. “Marry Me” is produced by Shark Vs. Bear, FanFare Productions and Sethsquatch Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Source: Nielsen Television Index, Live+SD, 9/22-11/18/14
 

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Michael Maney
Director, Communications
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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.