Show now licensed in 87 territories
In the run up to TV content market Mipcom, Sony Pictures Television has revealed that it has sold drama series “Outlander” across Latin America and Europe, taking the total number of territories to 87.
The 16-episode drama is being shown on Starz in the U.S. and was the most watched series debut for an original Starz drama launching in the summer. On the back of its performance, Starz has commissioned a second season.
In a deal announced Thursday, SPT has licensed “Outlander” to streaming subscription video on demand 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 have also snapped up the 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 U.S.”
“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 September. 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, where it has generated 14.5 million streams since its premiere.
The 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 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 Prods., Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures, in association with Sony Pictures Television.