Netflix To Offer Canada 'Rectify' at Same Time as Sundance Channel in U.S.
LONDON -- Netflix and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have inked a deal giving the online streaming giant exclusive broadcast premiere window rights to original scripted series Rectify in Canada.
Netflix launched the first two episodes just days after the production premiered on the Sundance Channel in the U.S.
The rest of the series will roll out weekly in line with the U.S. broadcast, ITV and Netflix said.
Rectify follows the life of Daniel Holden upon his release from jail after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence disputed the state's original case. Only 18 years old when convicted and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old, he returns to his family and his hometown faced with many who still think him guilty.
Rectify stars Aden Young (Killer Elite) alongside Abigail Spencer (Cowboys and Aliens, TV's Mad Men) as well as Clayne Crawford (Justified), Adelaide Clemens (Lie to Me) and J. Smith Cameron (True Blood) and Luke Kirby (Take This Waltz).
The Sundance Channel U.S. original drama was created and written by Oscar winner Ray McKinnon (The Accountant), who serves as executive producer, along with Gran Via’s Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad).
ITV Studios Global Entertainment svp, global digital media and home entertainment, Dan Gopal said: "We are delighted that Netflix is premiering the series in Canada, and offering their viewers the opportunity to watch Rectify in the same week as the U.S. audience. This illustrates both the international demand for this incredible series, plus our commitment to enable global audiences to enjoy new content as close as possible to the premiere market."
Netflix vp of content acquisition Sean Carey said: "We are pleased to be the home for Rectify in Canada and pleased to make such a quality series available at the same time it airs in the United States."