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Mercury, Par ink deal for ‘Queen’

Series cleared in over 55% of country

Mercury Entertainment has struck a deal with Paramount to distribute upcoming actioner “Queen of Swords.” As NATPE draws closer, Mercury has cleared the series in more than 55% of the country in a group carriage deal to Chris-Craft and Sinclair stations.

Through the deal with Chris-Craft/United Television, the series will air in the fall on WWOR in Gotham and KCOP in L.A., among others. The Sinclair Broadcast Group agreement adds KOVR in Sacramento, WPGH in Pittsburgh and others to the mix. Additionally, “Queen of Swords” has been sold to Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU in Chicago.

“We are excited about the positive response we have received from the marketplace on ‘Queen of Swords,’ as witnessed by the leading broadcast groups that have committed to the show,” Mercury prexy Ira Bernstein said.

‘Long history’

The actioner is produced by Fireworks Entertainment and distribbed domestically by Paramount in association with Mercury Entertainment, while Fireworks will retain international distrib rights. Jay Firestone, Adam Haight and David Abramowitz are exec producers of the show, which stars Tessie Santiago as a sword-wielding Spanish heroine fighting for the forces of good in 18th century Southern California. The actioner will be shot entirely on location in Spain.

Paramount also worked with Fireworks to distribute “Relic Hunter,” which debuted this year.

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