E4 has acquired the exclusive UK rights to NBC’s musical dramedy series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist after striking a deal with international distributor Lionsgate Worldwide Television Distribution Group.
Created by Austin Winsberg, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist follows Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs.
At ﬁrst, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift. The hour-long series is produced by Lionsgate Television and Universal Television in association with the Tannenbaum Company, Feigco Entertainment and Universal Music Group and stars Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, with Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen. Lauren Graham is special guest star.
The acquisition comes mere hours after E4 announced a deal with CBS Studios International for CBS’ Matt LeBlanc comedy Man With A Plan and linear rights to Star Trek: Discovery. It also marks only the second new series from the 2019-2019 broadcast season in the United States to land a UK deal, after Sky previously picked up NBC comedy Sunnyside for their soon-to-launch dedicated comedy channel.
At E4, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist joins a slate of first run U.S. acquisitions that includes Blackish, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Schooled, Young Sheldon, The Other Two, The 100, Charmed and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist will make you laugh, make you cry and make you sing”, said Karl Warner, Controller of E4. “It’s a brilliant piece of uplifting television that we’re thrilled to have coming to E4.”
While Agapy Kapouranis, Lionsgate’s President of International Television & Digital Distribution, added: “We’re delighted to partner with E4 in bringing our beloved drama to the UK. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is a joyful, smart and empowering drama unlike anything else on television. The series grapples with important themes of empathy and human connection that I’m sure will strike a chord with audiences.”