Hot off its U.S. debut, Wesley Snipes-starrer The Player has scored deals for Sony Pictures Television in 105 territories. The series, which premiered on NBC to a solid total viewership of 7 million across its first three days, tells the story of former FBI agent Alex Kane (Philip Winchester) who becomes embroiled in a secret society, where the stakes are measured in criminal acts and human lives. Made up of the world’s wealthiest individuals, members of this anonymous, amoral club place their bets through the pit boss Mr. Johnson (Snipes) and dealer Cassandra King (Charity Wakefield) to gamble on the probable outcomes of horrific crimes.
Deals include France (TF1), Germany (RTL), Spain (AXN), Australia (Seven), Latin America (NBCUniversal), and Southeast Asia (RTL CBS Extreme) as well as AXN across Central and Eastern Europe, D-Smart in Turkey and VRT in Belgium. OSN has picked up the rights to the series in the Middle East. In Latin America, TV Azteca will air the show in Mexico, as will Monte Carlo in Uruguay, and WAPA in Puerto Rico. In Asia-Pacific, Viacom has picked up the rights for its general entertainment channel Colors Infinity in India, so has CJ for OCN in South Korea, and TV ONE in New Zealand.
The Player is written by John Rogers, who also exec produces alongside John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri. The series is produced by Kung Fu Monkey and Davis Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.