Fox Networks Group is set to air 24: Legacy in more than 160 countries after the show’s U.S. premiere on February 5, 2017. The Fox-Imagine Television drama will launch on Fox channels across licensed territories in Latin American markets such as Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina; in Asian markets including Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia; and in European and African markets such as UK, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and South Africa. It’s a day-and-date launch across the majority of the channels – some will rollout shortly afterwards. 24 Legacy stars Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits and chronicles the adrenaline-feuled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
German producer and distributor Beta Film has taken a minority stake in Lineup Industries, the distribution business set up in 2014 by former Endemol and Sony execs Ed Louwerse and Julian Curtis. This marks a major move for Beta into unscripted programming as Amsterdam-based Lineup specializes in international factual and entertainment shows and formats including Long Lost Family, The Bully Project and Radio Gaga as well as gameshows Switch and Keep Calm and docs Emergency Call and Chasing Their Dreams. Louwerse said in a statement: “While we remain independent, this is such a natural fit that it was an opportunity too good to miss. We have known and respected Beta Film for many years and as we look to further grow our business and footprint globally, we feel that this is an ideal, complementary partnership with significant benefits to our business.” Beta also has a stake in Seapoint, the German unscripted outfit created by former ITV Studios Germany boss Stefan Oelze.
Off of the back of the global rollout of its motoring show The Grand Tour earlier this month, Amazon Prime Video is expected to announce its India launch date on Wednesday at a press conference in Mumbai. It’s another string to add to its bow as the company is in process of rolling out its service globally. Earlier this year, Amazon Prime was officially launched in the country for a year-long subscription and throughout the last few months the company has been acquiring rights for local Indian content, having partnered with a raft of Indian Bollywood studios and distributors including Vishesh Films and Dharma Productions for exclusive rights to their titles.
Channel 4’s free on-demand channel All 4 has picked up exclusive UK rights to dark U.S. comedy Search the Party from Turner. The complete series will be made available in the UK as a box set from December 26. Story follows a group of four self-absorbed 20-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears. Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner and Brandon Michael Hall star. The pickup marks All 4’s first scripted acquisition and forms part of the on-demand channel’s recently announced increased programming investment.
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