Channel 4 Acquires UK Rights To Showtime’s ‘Masters Of Sex’

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Channel 4 has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Showtime’s upcoming drama series Masters of Sex. The series will premiere in the UK shortly behind its US debut, which is currently set for September 29th.

Based on Thomas Maier’s book, Masters of Sex follows the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch. The drama series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and stars Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Nicholas D’Agosto and Teddy Sears.

Speaking of the acquisition, Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4, said: “Masters of Sex is an incredibly classy period drama which provides a fascinating insight into the scientific study of human sexuality. With compelling performances from Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Masters and Johnson, it’s an unmissable treat.”

While Kylie Munnich, Sony Pictures Television’s Senior Vice-President of Distribution for the UK, Africa and Ireland, added: “When it comes to drama, SPT is synonymous with brave, bold story-telling that captivates audiences and challenges boundaries. The adventurous and inquisitive spirit of Channel 4 makes it the perfect UK partner for Masters of Sex.”

Masters of Sex becomes the third major series to land a UK sale following this year’s LA Screenings. Other series to have recently landed sales include CBS’ Under The Dome, which was acquired by Channel 5; and NBC’s The Blacklist, which was acquired by Sky Living just this past week. In addition, there are a number of deals still being hammered out for new series from the 2013-2014 season. Such deals include Comedy Central acquiring CBS’ The Millers and We Are Men, while multiple broadcasters are also in various stages of negotiation for the rights to S.H.I.E.L.D., Sleepy Hollow and Hostages.

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