New deals were inked with BBC (U.K.), FTA Numero 23 (France), DBS YES (Israel), SHOWMAX (Pan Africa), and iFlix (Southeast Asia), among others.
Following its critically acclaimed premiere at MipTV in April, the reboot of the 1977 ABC miniseries had already been picked up by SBS (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), Thai PBS (Thailand), D’Live (South Korea), Atres Media (Spain), HBO (Spain), HBO Europe (Central and Eastern Europe), HBO Nordics (SVOD), RTL (Netherlands), Crave (Canada), and History in Japan, Latin America, Southeast Asia, India and Africa.
“The remarkable sales momentum we established at MIPTV endures. Our mounting sales further validate our belief that ambitious creative efforts, premium storytelling and betting on projects like this one will continue to gain partners,” said Joel Denton, A+E Networks’ managing director of international content sales and partnerships.
“Broadcasting in 42 languages is testament to the truly universal appeal of this epic miniseries,” he added.
Based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, “Roots” charts the journey of a family fighting slavery while witnessing and contributing to notable moments in U.S. history, including the American Revolution and the Civil War.
“Roots” was developed by History, in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, and produced by A+E Studios, the company’s in-house production arm. It premiered in the U.S. on History, A&E and Lifetime on May 30 and reached more than 53 million total viewers.
Starring Anika Noni Rose, Anna Paquin and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the show has also scored record-breaking ratings abroad, notably in South Africa, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.