21 July, 2011. Culver City/London. Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has secured a raft of deals with international broadcasters for Pan Am, its glossy, period drama series set around the iconic, international airline.
SPT has licensed the ABC commissioned series to Canal+ in Spain, IMAGICA BS in Japan, Sony Entertainment Television across Latin America and TF1 in France. Other broadcasters set to air Pan Am include the Nine Network in Australia and CTV in Canada.
Announcing the deals, Keith LeGoy, president SPT International Distribution, said "Interest in our drama slate is at an all time high with our new network titles like Pan Am striking a real chord with buyers. The dawn of luxury jet travel was a very seductive, romantic and thrilling age, so Pan Am has captured the imagination of schedulers around the world, as it will for advertisers and millions of viewers over the coming year. Each week the narrative of Pan Am will take viewers to cities across the globe, inspiring a truly international appeal."
In the US, ABC will first premiere Pan Am as a highlight of its 2011 fall schedule in a primetime, Sunday night, 10pm slot. This high end, period drama is set in 1963 at the dawn of the Jet Age. It will follow the lives of its characters, Pan Am crew, as they take to the skies in a new era of luxury air travel and cross the globe against a backdrop of romance, shifting social values and international espionage.
Lead cast include Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley, Kelli Garner and Karine Vanasse. Pan Am is executive produced by Jack Orman, Thomas Schlamme and Nancy Ganis. It will be produced by Jack Orman Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment and Show Money Productions, in association with SPT, which is distributing the series globally.
Pan Am is one of four new US dramas being produced and distributed by SPT, alongside Charlie's Angels (for ABC), Unforgettable (for CBS) and Necessary Roughness (USA Network). These join SPT's successful stable of global drama franchises such as Damages, Breaking Bad, Justified, Franklin & Bash, Rescue Me and HawthoRNe.
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