Tandem sells epic to Japan, S. Korea, S.E. Asia

BERLIN — After taking Europe by storm, “Pillars of the Earth” is heading for Asian TV.

Munich-based Tandem Communications has sold the miniseries adaptation of Ken Follett’s bestseller to broadcasters in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia.

Produced by Tandem, Scott Free Films and Muse Ent., “Pillars of the Earth” was a solid hit in Europe and its producers are hoping to see similar success in Asia.

In Japan, “Pillars” will air on leading pubcaster NHK in February. NHK senior producer Yukihiro Shibata said the Follett novel was very popular in Japan, adding: “The television series perfectly re-enacts the perspective of Mr. Follett’s world and we definitely believe that our viewers will enjoy the show.”

Pubcaster KBS picked up the series in South Korea and Star Movies/Fox will air “Pillars” in Southeast Asian territories, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Scott Free and Tandem are re-teaming on the “Pillars” sequel, “World Without End,” with Toronto-based Take 5 Prods. The planned mini has already pre-sold across Europe.

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