MIPCOM: Japan’s WOWOW Snaps ‘The Player,’ ‘Zoo’

CANNES– Japan’s leading pay TV channel has acquired exclusive Japanese broadcast rights to U.S. hit TV series “The Player” (pictured above) from Sony Pictures Television” and “Zoo” from CBS Studios International.

“The Player,” which bowed on NBC in September, will roll out on WOWOW in the Spring, while “Zoo,” which kicked off on CBS in June, will start airing later this year.

Penned by John Rogers,”The Player” stars Philip Winchester (“Strike Back”, “Flyboys”, “Camelot”) as Alex Kane, a former FBI agent Alex Kane who becomes a reluctant player in a secret society’s perverse game of chance, where the stakes are measured in criminal acts and human lives.

Charity Wakefield (“The Raven”), Damon Gupton (“Empire”), and Wesley Snipes (“Blade Trilogy”) complete the cast.

Rogers is exec producing with John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri. Kung Fu Monkey and Davis Entertainment are producing in association with Sony Pictures Television.

The CBS series “Zoo” will premiere exclusively in Japan beginning this New Year holiday season and will be presented as an ‘every night marathon’, giving the audiences the opportunity to ‘binge view’ the popular program that captivated U.S. audiences over this summer. WOWOW will screen the 13-episode debut season over four nights – starting at 10pm each night from December 30 to January 3.

Meanwhile, “Zoo,” which is based on James Patterson’s bestselling novel, is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg created the show and are exec producing with Michael Katleman, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.

James Wolk (“The Stanford Prison Experiment,” “Mad Men”) stars opposite Jackson Oz, Kristen Connolly (“House of Cards”), Billy Burke (“Twilight”), Nonso Anozie (“Cinderella”) and Nora Arnezeder (“Safe House”)

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