'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' Sells to India, Australia
The latest season of the improv comedy series on the CW also gets picked up by networks in Africa and Norway.
Independent distributor Hat Trick International said Tuesday that it has signed deals for the fifth season of the CW’s Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which will bring it to India and Australia, among other countries.
The latest 12-episode season of the improv comedy series from Angst Productions and Hat Trick made its debut on the CW in the U.S. earlier this year.
Among the international acquisitions unveiled on Tuesday are deals with M-Net Africa, Comedy Channel Australia, Viacom 18 India and MTG Norway. With 98 episodes now available, the series has sold to a total of 104 countries.
The Whose Line Is It Anyway? format has also been remade and/or optioned in 13 countries, including Australia, Holland, Finland and Vietnam.
"Whose Line Is It Anyway? continues to be a stand-out hit around the world, and I’m very pleased to confirm this roster of new acquisitions," said Sarah Tong, director of sales at Hat Trick. "The U.S. version has seen this long-running favorite go from strength to strength, offering broadcasters globally relevant and utterly hilarious improvised comedy perfect for primetime schedules.”
The CW show is inspired by Hat Trick’s original series for Britain's Channel 4, which aired for 10 years. Hosted by Aisha Tyler (The Talk, CSI, Friends), the show stars Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie, as well as new talent and celebrity guests.