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Rysher to handle ‘Highlander’ distrib’n

Highlander, the Series,” the action/adventure/sci-fi hour now readying its second season, is to be distributed in key foreign territories by Rysher TPE.

The L.A.-headquartered company is taking over distribution from the series’ French co-producer, Gaumont Television, which handled sales of the first season’s episodes in certain key territories, including the U.K., the Far East (including Japan), Germany, Australia and Africa.

A third partner in the international co-production, Silvio Berlusconi’s Reteitalia, will continue to distribute the series in most southern European territories and in Eastern Europe.

The series is based on the popular sci-fi theatrical features and follows the adventures of a small group of powerful immortals. The TV version toplines Adrian Paul as the immortal Duncan MacLeod.

Distribution expansion

Obtaining foreign distribution rights to “Highlander” is part of a new push by Rysher TPE to distribute, where appropriate, the projects it produces or co-produces, said company CEO Keith Samples.

Samples will be on hand at the Mipcom TV Market in October in Cannes to launch sales of the series’ second season.

Rysher has handled domestic distribution of the series since the show’s inception.

The second season of “Highlander” will debut in the U.S. the weekend of Sept. 27 on more than 125 stations covering 95% of the country.

The first season averaged a healthy 4 rating in domestic syndication and was strong in both men and women demos 18-49, Samples said.

Rysher Entertainment was acquired by media conglom Cox Broadcasting in April.

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