FIC fast-tracks ‘Horror’ worldwide

Murphy show makes int'l debut within four weeks of U.S. bow

Ryan Murphy’s skein “American Horror Story” will debut around the globe within four weeks of its U.S. bow thanks to a multi-territory licensing deal between Fox Intl. Channels and 20th Century Fox.

Skein is slated to air domestically Oct. 5 on FX. Internationally, “American Horror Story” will air after returning hit, “The Walking Dead,” starting the week of Nov. 7.

The second season of “The Walking Dead” airs in mid-October on AMC, which also produces the skein.

“FIC has proven that it can launch a series around the world by treating it as a blockbuster movie,” said Hernan Lopez, FIC’s prexy and CEO. “As far as I know, the deal is unprecedented for a major studio but we do have precedents with shows produced by non-major studios, most notably ‘The Walking Dead.’ ”

“American Horror Story,” an hourlong, 13-episode, subversive modern horror tale, is the creation of Murphy (“Nip/Tuck,” “Glee”) and Brad Falchuk (“Glee”). Produced by 20th Television, it’s exec produced by Murphy, Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto (“Glee”).

The drama tracks a couple, played by Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton, who relocate from Boston to Los Angeles with their daughter to escape the dark memories of their past. They settle in an old mansion that harbors malevolent secrets.

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