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Vuclip acquires rights to BBC’s ‘War and Peace ‘

MUMBAI: Ahead of its 40th annual Showcase event in Liverpool, BBC Worldwide has announced that premium mobile video-on-demand (VoD) service for emerging markets Vuclip has acquired the ambitious adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’. In Russia, major free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster Channel One has acquired the rights to the show.

As well as India and Russia, the series has been sold to multiple territories across Asia, including China (LeEco), Taiwan (Elta), South Korea (KBS and SK) and Philippines (ABS and CBN).

Back in Europe it has also sold to France (France 2), Finland (YLE), Norway (NRK), Iceland (RUV), Latvia (LTV) and Ukraine (TRBC).

BBC Worldwide president global markets Paul Dempsey said, “It is fitting that Russian audiences will get the chance to enjoy this thoroughly modern adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel. They’ll join millions of viewers around the world who have been enthralled by Andrew Davies’s stunning interpretation of ‘War and Peace’.”

‘War and Peace’ will be available to international buyers attending BBC Worldwide’s Showcase event in Liverpool later this month. Showcase is the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor and the three-day event is attended by over 700 of the world’s top TV buyers, award-winning producers and on-screen talent.

‘War and Peace’ is a modern take on the epic novel. Adapted by scriptwriter Andrew Davies (‘House of Cards’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’), it is directed by Tom Harper and features Paul Dano (‘12 Years A Slave’), Lily James (‘Downton Abbey’) and James Norton (‘Happy Valley’).

BBC Worldwide previously announced that the series had presold to Estonia (ETV), Greece (OTE), Lithuania (LNK), Israel (Yes), Australia, Benelux (BBC First), Sweden (SVT) and Denmark (TV2). The Weinstein Company has licensed the series to the flagship channels of A+E Networks (Lifetime, A&E, and History) in the US.