CULVER CITY, USA / LONDON UK (May 10, 2011) – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that two of its hit series, The Big C and Justified, have been licensed across additional territories in Europe. The new deals place the popular half-hour comedy in 171 countries and the hour-long drama in 193 countries. The announcement was made by Keith LeGoy, president, distribution, SPT.
Building on the success of its debut season and a second season pick-up by Showtime in the US, The Big C will air in Norway (TV2), Netherlands (Fox), Ukraine (Inter), Russia (Domashny) and Italy (FOX), where it is slated to premiere in June. In New Zealand, The Big C recently aired on TV3, ranking #1 in its time period among women ages 18-49 while in Sweden, the comedy has delivered stellar ratings for SVT1 garnering 45 percent more viewers than its timeslot averages – placing it #1 amongst women ages 15-44.
Broadcasters in Netherlands (RTL), Ukraine (Inter Group of Channels) and Germany (Pro7) have picked up the popular crime drama, Justified. The drama recently received a 13-episode season three pick-up from FX in the US and has generated solid ratings in both the UK (Fiver USA) and in Spain (Calle 13) where it has out-performed channel averages by 64 percent.
"Dynamic story telling coupled with award-winning performances by instantly recognizable talent make SPT's programming appealing to audiences and broadcasters around the world," said LeGoy. "The success of The Big C and Justified demonstrates the durability of our shows and the demand for compelling television in vastly different markets."
The Big C currently airs on SVT in Sweden, SBS in Belgium, Fox and ZDF in Germany, and is set to appear on Viasat in Denmark. Justified also airs on FX Crime in Russia, AXN in Italy, SBS in Belgium, and Nelonen / Channel4 in Finland.
The Big C stars three-time Emmy® winner and Golden Globe® award winner, Laura Linney. Linney plays a reserved suburban wife and mother whose recent cancer diagnosis forces her to shake up her life and find hope, humour and the light side of a dark situation, while managing her immature but well-meaning husband, played by Oliver Platt.
Starring Timothy Olyphant, Justified is based on the popular Elmore Leonard character 'Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.' Givens is a modern-day 19th century-style lawman, enforcing his brand of justice in a way that puts a target on his back with criminals and places him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service.
The Big C is produced by Original Film in association with Sony Pictures Television. Justified is produced by Timberman/Beverly Productions, FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television.
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