Starz’s Outlander is going global.
International distributor Sony Pictures Television has sold the 16 episode series to broadcasters across Europe and Latin America, TVWise has learned.
SVoD service Clarovide has acquired Outlander for 14 markets across Latin America – including Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay – and will debut the series in 2015. Meanwhile, SPT has also sold the Starz drama to Viasat’s SVOD service Viaplay in Denmark, Norway and Sweden; RTE in Ireland and VRT in Flemish speaking Belgium; while HBO in The Netherlands and the Icelandic broadcaster 365 have secured SVOD and Pay TV rights in their respective markets.
“These new platforms offer an ideal environment for viewers to enjoy this rich, cinematic story, and we will continue to build on the tremendous success Outlander has already had on STARZ in the US”, said Keith LeGoy, Sony Pictures Television’s President of International Distribution.
With this latest round of deals, Sony Pictures Television is has sold the series to more than 87 territories around the world. Broadcasters in Australia, New Zealand and China previously acquired Outlander, though SPT has yet to secure a UK deal – despite the fact that the series is produced in Scotland.
Outlander tells the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
The series, which has already been renewed for a second season, is based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon and features a large cast which includes Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Duncan Lacroix, Annette Badland, Lotte Verbeek and Stephen Walters. The time-travel epic was developed for television by Ronald D. Moore and is produced on location in Scotland by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.