London – January 14, 2011 – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that its half hour comedy, The Big C, starring three-time Emmy® winner and Golden Globe® award winner, Laura Linney, has been licensed across more than 36 countries in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean. The show will air on HBO channels beginning January 16th. The announcement was made by Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution, SPT.
In the US, where The Big C aired on Showtime, it has been picked up for a second season following strong ratings in season one and was recently nominated for two Golden Globe® awards. The debut of The Big C delivered Showtime's most watched half-hour scripted debut in over eight years.
"The Big C is a fantastically written and directed show with top quality acting talent in Laura Linney," said Le Goy. "The show uniquely combines drama with comedic handling of a difficult subject. It is genre-bending entertainment at its very best, which we know will resonate strongly with viewers in Latin America."
The Big C features Linney playing a reserved suburban wife and mother whose recent cancer diagnosis forces her to shake up her life and find hope, humor and the light side of a dark situation, while managing her immature but well-meaning husband, played by Oliver Platt.
In addition to Latin America, The Big C has also been licensed to several territories in the UK and across Europe. In the UK, the show has been picked up by Channel 4 and will air in February, and across Europe by broadcasters in Spain (S.A.U.), Italy (Sky Italia), Greece (Mega TV), Cyprus (Mega TV), Turkey (ComedyMax), Hungary (TV2) and Croatia (Nova TV). The hit series has also been licensed to Hot Vision Ltd. in Israel and Gulf DTH Productions in Saudi Arabia.
The Big C is produced by Original Film in association with Sony Pictures Television.
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