International distributor DCD Rights – who just yesterday took distribution rights to Open University’s programming catalogue – has picked up the distribution rights to the series and have sold the drama to DirecTV in the US, who will air The Code on their Audience network. In addition, DCD Rights has sold the series to Sundance Channel Latin America and DR in Denmark. All three deals comes ahead of DCD launching the series to international buyers at MIPTV next week.
Created by Shelley Birse, The Code is set in the spectacular Australian landscape and tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret. The drama was originally commissioned for ABC1 in Australia and stars Lucy Lawless (Spartacus), Adam Garcia (Camp), David Wenham (Top Of The Lake) and Aden Young (Rectify).
“This internationally relevant drama is a fantastic new addition to our scripted offering”, said Nicky Davies Williams, CEO of DCD Rights. “It has all the ingredients for success, such as a burning topic, solid on/off screen talent and the high quality production values that have propelled Australian drama’s reputation around the world”.
DCD Rights has a good track record of securing international deals for high-end Australian dramas. Prior to these deals with DirecTV, Sundance and DR for The Code, DCD previously sold fellow ABC1 drama Rake, which formed the basis of the recently cancelled Fox drama of the same name, to Netflix in the US, Canada and the UK & Ireland.