Sony Pictures Television said it has licensed its new comedy Marry Me to 74 territories on six continents. Canal Sony has acquired the rights to the comedy starring Ken Marino and Casey Wilson across 23 Latin America territories, with a debut slated across the region in early 2015. SPT also has completed several deals for Marry Me across Europe including with Scandinavia’s MTG and Ireland’s RTE. Across the Middle East and North Africa, pay broadcaster OSN has picked up the series to premiere in 20 territories in early 2015. In Asia Pacific, RTL CBS Entertainment has secured the rights for 15 territories. The comedy about an engaged couple navigating the route to the altar is headed to China via streaming platform iQiyi.com. The series premiered in the U.S. in October and is NBC’s No. 1 comedy this season.
Keshet International’s spy drama MICE (aka The Gordin Cell) has been sold to South Korea in a license deal that will see it become the first Israel-Korea drama to air. The scripted format will be adapted and produced by IMTV for KBS. Production begins soon on the first season, which is planned to air in early 2015. The local adaptation will look at the life of a South Korean pilot as he is torn between his loyalty to his family, who have associations with North Korea, and his loyalty to his country. MICE was adapted and written in the U.S. by George Nolfi and was ordered to series by NBC this year. It will begin airing under the title Allegiance in 2015. Season 2 of the original Israeli series, produced by Tedy Productions for Israeli satcaster YES, premieres December 11.
Duchess Street Productions has tapped former Sky Drama script executive, Jo Roderick as Development Producer. She will be responsible for developing and providing editorial guidance on slated projects as well as generating original ideas and IP for various broadcasters and platforms. Roderick also will oversee development of Duchess Street Productions’ drama series The Clifton Chronicles, an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s series of historical novels. She joins BAFTA-winning screenwriter and film producer David Pirie, who recently was appointed as lead writer and showrunner for the series.
BBC Two has acquired the Australia’s period drama A Place To Call Home from Endemol Worldwide Distribution. Created by Bevan Lee, the sweeping romantic drama set in 1950s rural Australia follows one woman’s journey to heal her soul and a privileged family’s confrontation with a changing era. Marta Dusseldorp stars along with Brett Climo, Abby Earl, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, Aldo Mignone, Craig Hall, Frankie J. Holden. Produced by Seven Productions, A Place To Call Home debuted Down Under in April 2013, followed by a second season this year. RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn has secured North American rights to the first two seasons, and Foxtel Australia has order two more seasons.
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