LONDON — Sony Pictures Television has sold the U.S. adaptation of drama “Mad Dogs” to more than 140 countries ahead of the series debut on Amazon in the U.S., U.K. and Germany on Friday.
Across Europe, Movistar+ picked up the series in Spain, and MTG acquired the show for Viaplay in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Other territories include Finland (Nelonen), Belgium (Telenet), Turkey (D-Smart), as well as AXN in Central and Eastern Europe.
OSN picked up the series for the Middle East, Mnet will show it across Africa, and Sky bought the drama in New Zealand. Across Asia, buyers include pan-regional subscription VOD platform HOOQ covering the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and India; as well as Viacom’s Colors Infinity in India.
“‘Mad Dogs’ has been a huge hit in the U.K. and there is clearly an equally high appetite for the U.S. series,” said Keith LeGoy, president, international distribution at SPT. “‘Mad Dogs’ is a high-end drama with real global appeal and brings together exceptional talent both on and off screen.”
Based on the format created by Cris Cole for Left Bank Pictures and pay TV operator BSkyB, “Mad Dogs” is produced by Left Bank Pictures, MiddKid Productions and Amazon Studios, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
The show tells the story of a group of 40 something underachievers who gather in Belize to celebrate the retirement of one of their friends. A series of dramatic events unfold, exposing dark secrets, a web of lies, deception and murder.
The series stars Ben Chaplin (“The Thin Red Line,” “Murder By Numbers”), Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos,” “Goodfellas”), Romany Malco (“The Forty-Year-Old Virgin,” “Weeds”), Steve Zahn (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Treme”) and Billy Zane (“Titanic,” “Twin Peaks”).
Executive producers are Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” “Last Resort”), Cris Cole (“The Good Times Are Killing Me,” “Mad Dogs,” U.K. version), Marney Hochman (“Last Resort”), Andy Harries (“Strike Back,” “Mad Dogs,” U.K.), Suzanne Mackie (“Kinky Boots,” “Mad Dogs,” U.K.) and Charles McDougall (“The Good Wife,” “The Office”).