Sony Pictures Television Intl. has inked a multiyear deal with Australia’s Nine Network. It’s the web’s second output deal this week.
Nine will acquire Sony drama “Kidnapped,” toplining Dana Delany and Timothy Hutton, which will bow on NBC this year, as well as the Oz rights to Sony’s slate of series, minis and TV features.
“Sony is one of the world’s most successful and powerful studios producing the sort of shows we’re sure Australian television viewers will love,” Nine topper Eddie McGuire said.
Sony already has a movie deal with Nine Network; the studio’s program output deal with Network Ten ended in 2003.
It has been a busy week for Nine, which pacted with Lionsgate for the indie studio’s first international output deal on Tuesday.
The web, which has recently bounced back in the ratings thanks to its broadcast of the Commonwealth Games, will be hoping to emulate the success of rival Seven Network, which has had an enviable run with its output deals, securing “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost” and “Commander in Chief.”