'The Night Manager' Heads to China's Youku Tudou

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The AMC-BBC co-produced spy thriller has also been acquired by FranceTV.

Fresh from its launch in the U.S. on AMC Tuesday night, The Night Manager has now been picked up by Chinese internet video giant Youku Tudou, owned by Alibaba, and French network FranceTV.

The six-part, $30 million adaptation of John Le Carre's spy thriller — starring Tom Hiddleston as an undercover agent and Hugh Laurie as an international arms dealer — had largely sold out internationally when it bowed at the Berlin Film Festival in February. The new deals, arranged by show producer The Ink Factory and its agents at WME-IMG, were unveiled Wednesday.

"We are thrilled to see the incredible global response to The Night Manager, which has now been sold to networks covering over 188 countries," said The Ink Factory's co-founder and Le Carre's son Simon Cornwell. "It has been wonderful working with IMG to ensure that this internationally resonant series is seen and enjoyed by audiences the world over, and we are proud to have built such a strong group of broadcast partners.”

Scoring an average of 6.3 million overnight viewers per episode when it aired on the BBC last month, the series has already been sold to Tele Munchen Gruppe for German-speaking Europe, C More and TV4 for the Nordic territories, DR for Denmark, Sky Italia for Italy, BBC First and SBS for Australia, TV3 for New Zealand and AMC International for Iberia, Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia (excluding Japan), Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

"The Night Manager has captured the imagination of broadcasters around the world, and we are delighted to have secured deals in these key territories with Youku Tudou as our partner in China and the French broadcast network FranceTV," said WME-IMG partner Chris Rice. "These partnerships underscore the power of our worldwide sales force as we continue to explore all platforms to bring this fantastic series to the widest audience possible."

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