Sony's 'Tudors' miniseries chronicles Henry VIII

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Sony Pictures Entertainment is jumping on the period drama bandwagon with a miniseries about infamous British monarch Henry VIII.

The studio has acquired from Peace Arch Entertainment exclusive distribution rights, outside North America, to "The Tudors." Sony will distribute the original 10-part TV series on the DVD, television, mobile and new media platforms throughout the world except the United States and Canada.

Showtime Networks has U.S. distribution rights and is expected to premier the series domestically in the spring of 2007. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. will broadcast "The Tudors" in Canada, with Peace Arch Home Entertainment handling DVD distribution.

The agreement was negotiated by Peter Schlessel, president of worldwide acquisitions for Sony Pictures Entertainment, together with Keith Le Goy, executive vp of distribution for Sony Pictures Television International, and by Peace Arch Entertainment president John Flock together with executive vp of international television and home entertainment Mary Herne.

The 10 hour-long episodes chronicle the life of King Henry VIII, focusing on the early years of the monarch's nearly 40-year reign. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the ruthless Henry, while Sam Neill portrays Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Henry Czerny appears as the Duke of Norfolk. The cast also includes Jeremy as Sir Thomas More; Gabrielle Anwar as Princess Margaret, Henry's spoiled sister; and Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn, the first of Henry's wives to be beheaded.

 "The Tudors" was created and written by Michael Hirst, whose work includes the Academy Award-winning "Elizabeth." The series completed principal photography on location in Ireland in October.

 "The Tudors" is produced by Peace Arch Entertainment and TM Productions in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and Showtime Networks.
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