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Japan’s Wowow Prime Nabs Harlan Coben’s ‘The Five’ From Studiocanal

Japan’s pay TV Wowow Prime has picked up rights to Harlan Coben’s hit original drama “The Five” from Studiocanal.

The 10-part thriller will launch on Wowow Prime. The show was previously acquired by Italy’s TIMvision, Radio-Canada for French-speaking Canada, France’s Canal Plus, Israel’s Yes DBS, the Netherlands’ NPO, New Zealand’s SKY, Australia’s SBS 1 and Spain’s Telefonica.

Katrina Neylon, Studiocanal’s EVP of sales and marketing, described “The Five” as a “captivating, multi-layered thriller.”

“Home to the latest in global drama, Wowow Prime is the perfect channel to showcase ‘The Five’ to Japanese audiences and I’m confident it will be a great success,” said Neylon.

Commissioned by Sky 1 in the U.K., penned by Danny Brocklehurst and directed by Mark Tonderai, “The Five” was produced by RED Production Company (“Happy Valley”) and stars Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey”), O-T Fagbenle (“The Interceptor”), Lee Ingleby (“The A Word”) and Sarah Solemani (“The Wrong Mans”).

Rolling off “The Five,” Sky re-teamed with Coben on the eight-part crime series “The Four,” a standalone thriller film created by the critically acclaimed novelist, penned by Brocklehurst and produced by RED.

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