Channel 5 has acquired the UK rights to Sony Crackle’s original drama series The Oath for their VOD service My5 after striking a deal with international distributor Sony Pictures Television. The acquisition was part of a two-series deal with Sony that, as TVWise previously reported, also gives My5 UK rights to Australian drama Bloom. The Oath is expected to premiere this spring.
The Oath explores a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend. Shedding light on corrupt and secret societies nearly impossible to join, only the chosen few make the cut—and once inside, members do what they must to shield each other from enemies who attack from both outside and within their own ranks. The drama series stars Ryan Kwanten, Cory Hardrict, Arlen Escarpeta, Katrina Law, J.J. Soria and Sean Bean.
“We know that high quality drama drives VOD viewing and loyalty so it’s an important part of our acquisitions strategy as we scale up the platform”, Channel 5’s Vice-President of Commercial, Digital & Operations James Tatam said in a statement. “With a diverse range of content from the Channel 5 pipeline and our strong selection of content from third-party partners, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the platform.”
Both the acquisition of Bloom and now The Oath are part of Channel 5’s strategy to expand My5 from being a simple catch-up service to a VOD player with exclusive titles. To that end, My5 has acquired such efforts as Hulu’s East Los High and a package of dramas from HOT Telecommunication Systems – Israel’s largest multi-channel cable television company. It appears that the deal with Sony only covers the first season of The Oath.
Sony Crackle’s original efforts have had a tougher time scoring UK deals, with only a handful having crossed the pond. The Art Of More was licensed to Virgin Media, who made it available as a box-set; Amazon Prime Video UK acquired the Adam Brody and Ron Perlman fronted StartUp; while AMC UK struck a deal for the UK rights to Sony Crackle’s Snatch reboot starring Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint. All three series were distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television.
Check out Sony Crackle’s trailer for The Oath below: