Ransom is heading to free-to-air. Channel 5 has closed a deal with eOne to pick up the FTA rights to the hostage crisis drama series for their dig-net 5USA. The series will launch on 5USA next month.
This agreement does not impact the prior licensing agreements for Ransom. Universal TV continue to hold first run rights to the show and earlier this week they announced that the show’s third season would premiere on Monday June 17th.
Ransom follows crisis/hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont, whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence, even when confronted by some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. While Eric’s considerable powers of manipulation make him the best at what he does professionally, they often complicate his relationships with family, friends and colleagues.
The series was created by Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola and is inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished negotiator Laurent Combalbert and his partner Marwan Mery, who are considered to be among the top crisis negotiators in the world. Ransom is produced by Big Light Productions, Entertainment One (eOne). Sienna Films and Wildcats Productions and stars Luke Roberts (Game Of Thrones), Brandon Jay McLaren (Falling Skies), Nazneen Contractor (Chicago PD) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful).
Ransom is the latest in a recent string of acquisitions for 5USA. The channel also recently struck deals with Entertainment One (eOne) for the Jason Priestley fronted Canadian drama Private Eyes; Gaumont International Television for Hannibal; Disney Media Distribution for Perception; and NBCUniversal International Distribution for the Chris Noth fronted FBI drama Gone.