Netflix picks up ‘United’

Soccer drama also sells to European, Asian broadcasters

CANNES — Netflix has acquired U.K. soccer drama “United,” starring David Tennant, the story of the Manchester United team that lost eight team members in an air disaster.

The sale to the U.S. VOD platform is one of a number of deals for the 90-minute TV movie, made by World Prods., announced by Content Television for the show, which also features Dougray Scott and Jack O’Connell.

European broadcasters including RTE (Ireland), NRK (Norway), SVT (Sweden), TV2 (Denmark), Tele-Munchen Group (German-speaking Europe) and ITI Neovision (Poland) have also licensed “United.”

In Australasia, Universal Pictures Pty has nabbed all rights for Australia and New Zealand, Paradiso all rights for Japan and HBO pay TV rights across Asia.

Further acquisitions include Carmen Film (Russia and CIS); AMC/Sundance Channel Global (Europe, Middle East and Asia); M Pictures (Thailand); Yes DBS Israel and M-Net (South Africa).

“United” will air across Latin America on pay box MVS Television, excluding Brazil, where it will broadcast on Globosat.

Content launched primetime drama “Line of Duty” at MipTV, a thriller dealing with police corruption.

Greg Phillips, prexy at Content Television, said: “We are very pleased to announce this significant roster of international deals for United as we arrive at MipTV.

“The team at World Productions are experts in creating powerful drama, full of outstanding performances and high production values.”