HONG KONG (October 20, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has licensed Pan Am, its glossy, period drama series set around the iconic international airline, to STAR in India and TVNZ in New Zealand. In addition, Sony Pictures Television's networks, Asia has picked up the new drama to air regionally across Asia in key markets such as Hong Kong. The announcement was made by Angel Orengo, senior vice president, distribution, Asia-Pacific, SPT.
In APAC, Pan Am will first take flight in India (STAR) in early 2012 followed by premieres in New Zealand (TVNZ) in February, Japan (IMAGICA BS) in March and Australia (Nine Network) later in the year. The new drama will also air on one of Sony Pictures Television's networks in Asia next year.
"Our dramas are attracting audiences around the globe and viewers in Asia-Pacific will love the sense of fun and adventure that Pan Am brings with its international backdrops and globe-trotting storylines," said Orengo.
Around the world, Pan Am is enjoying continued success. In Ireland, Pan Am debuted as the number one program of the day on RTE2 following its premiere earlier this week and was the highest rated foreign series premiere ever on TV3 in Sweden, out-performing all other US series on the network to date. Additionally, the series was the number one new drama in Canada premiering on CTV last month.
The drama series Pan Am transports us to 1963 and the dawn of the Jet Age. As a fast, new luxury airliner takes to the skies, the passengers and crew face a voyage whose landscape is shaped by romance, shifting societal values and even international espionage. Head stewardess Maggie (Christina Ricci) mentors rookie flight attendant Laura (Margot Robbie), while first officer Ted (Michael Mosley) turns on the charm. Excitement awaits every traveler on PAN AM.
Pan Am is executive produced by Jack Orman, Thomas Schlamme and Nancy Ganis. It is produced by Jack Orman Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment and Show Money Productions, in association with SPT, which is distributing the series globally.
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