Fox International Channels has locked in an international partnership on M. Night Shyamalan’s new suspense-filled 10-episode event thriller Wayward Pines.
FIC will control all rights outside of the US to become exclusive first-window broadcaster in its 125 country universe as well as the exclusive international sales arm.
Wayward Pines joins the ranks of The Walking Dead, The Bridge, the upcoming Outcast and other original development and global ownership deals FIC has closed recently in its pursuit of wholly-owned and controlled content.
For the first time FIC has also assumed direct sales responsibility for all international television windows, non-linear and home entertainment rights.
Simon Thomas, FIC’s London-based EVP of content sales, will oversee all international third party deals.
Set to premiere on Fox globally during the 2014/15 broadcast season, Wayward Pines, starring Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon, will follow the day and date release strategy pioneered by FIC in season one of The Walking Dead and replicated since with American Horror Story, The Bridge, Da Vinci’s Demons and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
“This series has all the makings of an international hit—a spectacular, world-renowned cast, thrills crafted by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan, and a global Fox launch platform reaching more than 350 million viewers.
“We are also excited by the early interest the show is generating with potential buyers, and confident that these partnerships will amplify the scale and impact the series will have around the world,” said Hernan Lopez, president and CEO of FIC.
Source: press release