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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETS RAFT OF GLOBAL DEALS FOR DETECTIVE DRAMA BATTLE CREEK


London, Friday 6 March 2015 – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has sold its hotly anticipated new drama Battle Creek to over 100 territories around the world across Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America. 
 
Territories the 13x60’ drama has been licensed include TF1 in France; RTL in Germany; RTE in Ireland; 365 Media in Iceland; NOS in Portugal; Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) in Austria; ICTV in Ukraine; CANAL+ in Spain; D-Smart in Turkey and Turkish speaking Cyprus, as well as Rostelecom and SPT Networks in Russia. MTG has picked it up for its free TV channels and SVOD rights for online streaming service Viaplay in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The series has also been secured by HOT for Israel and M-Net for Sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana. 
 
Additionally, Battle Creek has been licensed by Seven Network in Australia and TVNZ for TV ONE in New Zealand, as well as the online streaming service iQiyi in China and by Fox International Channels across eight territories in Southeast Asia. 
 
The drama has also been picked up in Canada by SHAW Media and in Brazil by Globo TV.
 
Keith LeGoy, president, international distribution for SPT said: “Two of television’s best storytellers have come together to create a great buddy cop story. Battle Creek had a strong debut this week in the U.S., performing especially well with a broad audience, so we anticipate viewers around the world will find this series equally engaging.” 
 
Battle Creek, created by multi-award winning writers David Shore (House M.D.) and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and starring Dean Winters (Rescue Me) and Josh Duhamel (Transformers), tells the story of Russ Agnew, a successful small town detective whose local preeminence is challenged by the arrival of a big-city FBI agent. The series premiered on CBS in the U.S. on Sunday, ranking No. 1 in its time slot among total viewers.  
 
Battle Creek is produced by Shore Z Productions, High Bridge Productions, Gran Via Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with SPT and CBS Television Studios. It is executive produced by David Shore, Vince Gilligan, Bryan Singer and Mark Johnson.
 
CBS made a straight to series order for Battle Creek in the U.S., commissioning 13 episodes in September 2013 for the following fall season.
 
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Saskia Wirth
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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.