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Star World bags rights for Shyamalan’s thriller ‘Wayward Pines’
MUMBAI: Fox International Channels (Fic) Content Sales, FIC’s newly formed content distribution arm, has secured five new distribution deals for producer M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming suspense-filled 10-episode thriller ‘Wayward Pines’, just months after bringing it to the market.
Its sister broadcaster Star World has bagged the rights for the show in the country. In Canada, City TV (owned by Rogers Media) has come on board for the US simulcast while Shomi, Roger Media’s new SVOD joint venture, has picked up second window rights to the series. The show has also been sold to Sky in New Zealand, DBS in Israel and Filmbox in Romania.
The recently locked licensees have committed to joining the planned 14 May global day and date launch for ‘Wayward Pines’, making it the largest scripted-drama launch in television history.
Fic senior VP, global head of content sales Prentiss Fraser said, “Fic is a leader in global launches and has made headway with creating brands behind these shows. ‘Wayward Pines ‘is a key property for us and this being our second market since FIC Content Sales’ consolidation, we are thrilled to have secured key territory deals with partners”.
Fic bought into the Fox and FX Productions produced ‘Wayward Pines’ last year. In addition to broadcasting the series across owned channels, Fic also controls all rights outside of the U.S., and is directly managing all first and second window international television, non-linear and home-entertainment sales for the property via its distribution division, Fic Content Sales.
Fic Content Sales previously inked a deal with France’s Canal+.
Based on a best-selling novel by Blake Crouch, ‘Wayward Pines’ follows Secret Service Agent Ethan, who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho on a mission to find two missing federal agents. Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.