MIPTV: Sierra/Engine Seals Multiple Territory Deals for ABC's 'Black Box'
Black Box, a medical procedural starring Kelly Reilly, Vanessa Redgrave and Terry Kinney, has been picked up by broadcasters in multiple territories ahead of its premiere on ABC in the U.S. on Apr. 24.
Sierra/Engine Television, which is handling worldwide sales for the small-screen drama, inked deals with RTL in the Netherlands, Belgium network VMMA, Zon Lusomundo in Portugal, DBS in Israel and Blue Sky Media for Russia/CIS, Central & Eastern Europe and Greece and Cyprus.
The first 13-episode season of Black Box has already been picked up by Tele Munchen Group for German-speaking Europe and Modern Times Group for Scandinavia in direct deals with the series' producer, Bold Films. Created by Amy Holden Jones (Indecent Proposal) and executive produced by Bryan Singer, Black Box focuses on Dr. Catherine Black (Reilly), a brilliant neurologist who is secretly bipolar. The series has obvious parallels with House, which Singer executive produced and which was a huge global hit.
Jones is also an executive producer on the series, together with showrunner Ilene Chaiken (The L Word), Anne Thomopoulos (Borgia) and Oly Obst (The Invention of Lying). Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) directed the series. WME, which represents Bold Films, Jones, Chaiken and Singer, packaged it.
Black Box will debut on ABC on Apr. 24 in Scandal's 10 p.m. primetime slot, following Grey's Anatomy.