Sky Living has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to NBC’s upcoming drama series The Blacklist. The 13 episode series, which has the distinction of becoming the first series of the 2013-2014 season to land a UK sale, is set to premiere on Sky Living this Autumn.
The Blacklist was created by Jon Bokenkamp and tells the story of the world’s most wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection. The drama is produced Sony Pictures Television and stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix
“I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing the series that everyone was talking about at the LA screenings to Sky Living”, said Director of Sky Living Antonia Hurford-Jones. “The Blacklist is an absolutely outstanding show with an exceptionally talented actor at its centre and will be the perfect addition to our brilliant existing series such as Elementary and Hannibal, as well as the UK original commissions that we are launching this Autumn, such as The Face and Dracula. I can’t wait for our customers to see it.”
This deal with Sony Pictures Television comes after a number of UK broadcasters went after The Blacklist following the LA Screenings in late May when the series, as Sky Living notes, emerged as a red hot title. TVWise understands that BSkyB beat off at least two other competitors to secure the UK rights to the series in this exclusive deal with Sony Pictures Television, with whom Sky Living also currently has a licensing deal in place for the CBS series Unforgettable.
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