Mipcom: Sony Sells ‘Outlander’ across Latin America, Europe

Outlander Mid-Season Review

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.

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  1. Karen Merkel says:

    Why do we have to wait so long for the series to continue? Next Spring is too long a wait.

  2. beadrbop says:

    Reblogged this on OutlanderDreaming and commented:
    Sony sells “Outlander” across Latin America and Europe. For the full article at Variety click on link below

  3. Jane I says:

    It is getting beyond a joke now that we are still waiting for it in the UK. Filmed here, lots of homegrown talent involved in all aspects of the series. Why are we still waiting? I have been waiting over 20 years to see these books come to life, now they have but I and the numerous other fans can’t see it!

    • Rena Moretti says:

      I don’t know if they’re “numerous” in England, but they’re not “numerous” here in the US. Are you sure you don’t work for Sony by the way? ;)

      • crathke says:

        The books have sold over 25 million copies worldwide and the first book (originally published in 1991) is currently on the NYTimes bestseller list as a result of the show. I’d say US fans can be counted as “numerous”. :)

  4. Yvonne Turner says:

    Just tell me why all the world seems to have Outlander, except us in the UK? After all it was filmed solely in a part of the UK – Scotland and contains many Brit actors. We are fed up over here :(

  5. Miriam Quatin says:

    As long as it keeps showing in British Columbia, Canada, I will be a very happy person! I pity those who cannot watch this quality production.

  6. Louise says:

    Really can not understand why the UK TV companies are not picking up this quality series.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Perhaps because it’s NOT a “quality series”. It’s another low-rated Ronald D. Moore crapfest…

      • Julie says:

        « low-rated » xD
        The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an 89% “certified fresh” critics rating with an average rating of 7.8/10 based on 46 reviews. The website consensus reads: “Outlander is a unique, satisfying adaptation of its source material, brought to life by lush scenery and potent chemistry between its leads.[35]
        The Huffington Post called the first episode “… A masterpiece of impressive depth … It is amazing!”
        Please stop talking !

      • Sue Voris says:

        Ms. Moretti,

        It’s obvious by your comments you have a personal axe to grind against Ronald D. Moore and choose to insult and denigrate the “Outlander” TV series because of his association with it. Without facts and figures to support your statement, you are merely sharing your opinion. I will use facts and figures to show other readers of this article comment thread why your opinions are merely the whinings of a unhappy internet troll.

        1) The show has been positively acclaimed by critics: a 73 Metascore from the professional critics as polled by Metacritic.com (http://www.metacritic.com/tv/outlander-2014/critic-reviews) and a 90% of all critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/outlander/s01/).

        2) The ratings numbers for the show at the mid-season break: http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/outlander-season-one-ratings-33648/
        The chart towards the middle of page as you scroll down has the breakdown of the ratings numbers, but the most important number is that the first 8 episodes of “Outlander” AVERAGED 1.02 MILLION viewers. Unless the success benchmark for TV viewing is the SuperBowl, that number is one any TV show can be proud of, especially one on a premium cable channel that premiered in late summer, which is not exactly “prime viewing season.”

        And for your comment on the lack of “numerous” fans, I will direct you to the results of a brief Google search, using “outlander tv fans” as the search term (to prevent conflation of numbers with fans of the Mitusbishi SUV of the same name and the 2008 theatrical release movie of the same name) gave back 1.03 million results. A similar search with “outlander book fans” yielded 612,000 results. And to drive home just how popular the books are, and the boost they are getting thanks to the interest the TV show is generating, “Outlander” is #5 on the New York Times Best Sellers List this week, 23 YEARS AFTER IT WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED. The second book of the series, “Dragonfly in Amber” is at #11. Added to that the most recent release of the book series, “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood,” DEBUTED at #1 of the NYT Best Seller list, and spent 5 weeks in the top 20. I believe this is ample proof that both the book series and the TV series are, in fact, blessed with a huge fan base, both in the US and internationally.

        While I know what I have presented here won’t change your trollish behavior, I do believe I have helped show just how pathetic you are and that you are lashing out against “Outlander” and Ronald D. Moore because you are butt-hurt over some imagined slight.

  7. Rachel Godivala says:

    Would love to know when the UK stopped being up in Europe! UK Lottery money and class English actors…but no UK network seems to want Outlander. Why not???

  8. Roz says:

    Yes, it has been sold to the world and his wife….but not the UK! The show is filmed in the UK; it has British actors and British crew…..but our UK channels don’t seem interested. Or maybe Sony don’t want it sold to the UK? Why, why why..can’t we see it in the UK?

  9. Dahlia says:

    WTH is wrong with the UK???

  10. Char says:

    That it isn’t available in the U.K. is a huge story. Come on Variety, get on it.

  11. angie says:

    It is terrible that the UK cannot watch this series after all we provided the actors and scenery!

  12. Barbara says:

    It is absolutely rediculous that the UK is not one of the 87 countries showing Outlander!! What is UK TV afraid of?

  13. Diana Hilton says:

    Showing virtually everywhere in the world except Scotland, England and Wales. Have been a reader and re-reader of these books since 1996 and stand a better chance of accidentally walking onto a shoot than watching the finished product. Everyone I have shown the trailer to has been excited to see it, both men and women. C’mon uk tv, let’s view the series our lottery money has been subsidising.

  14. Charm Hattersley says:

    Meanwhile, in the UK, we’re beginning to wonder if we’re ever going to get this fantastic series. There is a huge, enthusiastic fanbase here, and it’s soul destroying that none of our TV channels are showing any interest in picking Outlander up!

  15. Pamela Seal says:

    I think you need to check a map, Outlander has not been sold yet in the UK which is still to my knowledge part of Europe. This is excluding a large potential audience in the very country that provides the locations, cast and crew for the show. UK viewers (or non viewers to be precise) are extremely hacked off.

  16. adelle76 says:

    Reblogged this on TVholic and commented:
    I am so happy for this outcome.

  17. Do you have any information about when the United Kingdom might get to see Outlander? Scotland where it’s being made and England want to see it, too.

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