ProSiebenSat.1 buys ‘Hannibal’ skein

Gaumont International Television sells German, Scandi rights

PARIS — Gaumont International Television, the L.A.-based arm of the European mini-major, has sold its high-profile series “Hannibal” to ProSiebenSat.1 Group for its German-speaking and Scandinavian TV nets.

Under the deal, “Hannibal” will air on ProSiebenSat.1’s channels in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark from 2013.

“We are thrilled to have ProSieben as our partner and all that this says about the quality and scope of the project,” said Erik Pack, who is based in London and heads GIT’s international distribution and co-production activities. “That such a major European broadcaster would pre-buy ‘Hannibal’ certainly verifies to us that we are on the right track with the selection of projects we are producing and offering to international broadcasters around the world.”

“Hannibal,” which comprises 13 hour-long episodes, was commissioned by NBC in the U.S. It is penned and exec produced by Bryan Fuller, the creator and showrunner of “Pushing Daisies.” Martha De Laurentiis is also exec producing.

Adapted from Thomas Harris’ novel “Red Dragon,” the thriller series will be directed by David Slade. It explores the early relationship of psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector and a patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who will be played by Brit thesp Hugh Dancy.

Gaumont International Television is headed by Katie O’Connell.

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