LONDON — Sony Pictures Television has sold Las Vegas-set action thriller “The Player,” which stars Wesley Snipes, to 105 international territories ahead of Mipcom, the TV sales market that starts in Cannes on Monday.
Broadcasters in France (TF1), Germany (RTL), Spain (AXN), Australia (Seven), Latin America (NBCUniversal), and Southeast Asia (RTL CBS Extreme) are just some of the territories that will air the show. “The Player” has also been sold to European broadcasters AXN across Central and Eastern Europe, D-Smart in Turkey and VRT in Belgium. OSN has picked up the rights to the series in the Middle East.
In Latin America, TV Azteca will air the show in Mexico, as will Monte Carlo in Uruguay, and WAPA in Puerto Rico. In Asia-Pacific, Viacom has picked up the rights for its general entertainment channel Colors Infinity in India, so has CJ for OCN in South Korea, and TV ONE in New Zealand.
Keith LeGoy, president of international distribution for SPT, said: “Much like ‘The Blacklist’ two years ago, ‘The Player’ is one of the most anticipated new series of the fall season. This is a truly gripping drama, with an A-list cast and action-packed plot, that will have huge global appeal.”
“The Player,” which also stars Philip Winchester and Charity Wakefield, tells the story of former FBI agent Alex Kane (Winchester) who becomes a reluctant player in an age-old secret society’s perverse game of chance, where the stakes are measured in criminal acts and human lives. Made up of the world’s wealthiest individuals, members of this anonymous, amoral club place their bets through the pit boss Mr. Johnson (Snipes) and dealer Cassandra King (Wakefield) to gamble on the probable outcomes of horrific crimes.
The series, which premiered in the U.S. last Thursday on NBC and drew 7 million viewers in the first three days, is written by John Rogers, who is also executive producer alongside John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri. The show is produced by Kung Fu Monkey and Davis Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.