Back in April TVWise reported that Sky Atlantic was eyeing Showtime’s drama series Ray Donovan in a deal with international distributor CBS Studios International. That deal has now closed with Sky Atlantic taking the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the series.
Created by Ann Biderman (Southland), Ray Donovan is a richly textured family drama that centers on Ray Donovan, L.A.’s best professional “trouble shooter.” He’s the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city’s elite. He can make anyone’s problems disappear…except the ones he can’t escape created by his own damaged Boston “Southie” family. The series stars Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Paula Malcomson, Kate Moennig, Steven Bauer, Pooch Hall, Johnathon Schaech, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby and Peter Jacobson.
Speaking of the acquisition, Lucy Criddle, Sky’s Senior Acquisitions Manager, said: “I’m thrilled to add Ray Donovan to Sky Atlantic’s impressive slate of US programming. This is just the kind of quality series that defines the channel’s brand and fits in perfectly alongside the award-winning shows we pride ourselves on bringing exclusively to our customers.”
While Stephen Tague, Senior Vice President of Europe for CBS Studios International, said: “The acquisition of Ray Donovan is another milestone in the long-running relationship between CBS Studios International and BSkyB. With the calibre of talent attached to this project, we have no doubt Ray Donovan has found its home on one of the UK’s premier channels.”
TVWise’s Acquisitions Scorecard has been updated with this new information.