Mipcom: Disney Sells ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ to 158 Territories

CANNES — ABC Studios’ drama “How to Get Away with Murder” has been licensed to broadcasters in 158 territories worldwide, Disney Media Distribution confirmed Monday.

Disney’s international programming distribution arm has secured deals with broadcasters in countries ranging from the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Vietnam, South Africa, China and Azerbaijan to Israel, the Middle East, Greece, all of Africa and Turkey, amongst others.

The Shonda Rhimes exec produced show, which stars Viola Davis as a criminal law professor who gets entangled in a murder conspiracy with her students, has gained critical plaudits following its U.S. premiere on Sept. 25.

Rhimes’ primetime dramas, produced by Shondaland and ABC Studios, include medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” which has generated sales in 238 territories, and political thriller “Scandal,” which has so far seen sales to 227 territories.

Rhimes said: “To have seen audiences for ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal’ and now “How to Get Away with Murder’ grow on such a global scale is exciting for me and all the team at Shondaland. And as long as audiences, at home and internationally, want us to, we’ll keep putting our hearts into creating unique new stories and characters for these groundbreaking series.”

Ben Pyne, president, global distribution, Disney Media Networks, said: “The continued success of these three series in attracting audiences worldwide is testament to the quality of the productions, and the people behind, and in front, of the camera. ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ created such a buzz at this year’s L.A. Screenings that I’m sure the interest will continue from international buyers for their local audiences.”

Disney Media Distribution’s Mipcom slate also includes family comedy “Black-ish,” starring Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne, “American Crime,” featuring Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton, from screenwriter John Ridley, “Secrets and Lies,” a thriller mystery starring Ryan Philippe and Juliette Lewis, and the next instalment in the “Star Wars” saga’s animated series “Star Wars Rebels.”

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