'Empire,' 'Scream Queens' to Get Worldwide Simultaneous Releases
The season two premiere and series premiere, respectively, will bow internationally within 24 hours of their stateside debuts.
Empire and Scream Queens are ready to take the world by storm.
The sophomore hip-hop drama and the new horror comedy will get a simultaneous global release, Fox announced Wednesday. Both series will debut in all Fox International Channels licensed markets within 24 hours of their stateside bows on Fox.
Scream Queens is set to premiere in the U.S. on Sept. 22, and the new season of Empire kicks off on Sept. 23.
The international push will make the two shows available across linear and non-liner platforms to 340 million homes across the U.S. and virtually all international TV markets. Other domestic shows that have benefited from the global day-and-date release model include The Walking Dead.
“Hollywood is waking up to how instrumental it is to harness the collective voices of outspoken international fans, especially for water-cooler shows like Empire and Scream Queens," said FIC president and CEO Hernan Lopez in a statement. "We can’t wait to roll-out these incredibly exciting series to fans around the world. The viewers we serve every day are driving the success of a show in its premiere window, and all the way through its lifecycle.”
Although many international buyers originally passed on Empire, the show's smash success stateside helped turn the tide. Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's hit drama had sold out in virtually every major territory worldwide by the time its first season finale aired in the U.S. — an especially noteworthy achievement given the global market's lack of diverse primetime programming.
Both Empire and Scream Queens, the latest from Glee and American Horror Story creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, are produced by 20th Century Fox.