MIPCOM 2012: Gaumont Strikes Deals for 'Hannibal' in France, Germany, Canada

Laurence Fishburne - TV Still: Appendicitement - H - 2010
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The drama series, set to air on NBC in the U.S., stars Laurence Fishburne and focuses on the early career of Hannibal Lecter.

On the eve of the Mipcom TV market in Cannes, Gaumont International Television has licensed its upcoming drama series for NBC Hannibal to Canal+ (France) for pay rights, to City TV (Canada) for free rights, and to Nordisk (Scandinavia) for DVD rights.

Other foreign deals for Hannibal include ProSieben in Germany, along with Sony/AXN, which is co-producing.

The new deals were unveiled Saturday by Erik Pack, head of International Distribution and Co-Production for GIT, who said the series was proving "a sought after title across all forms of media in all parts of the world."

No financial details were made available.

Hannibal toplines Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen and focuses on the early relationship between Thomas Harris' classic character, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler named Will Graham who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

Bryan Fuller is executive producing along with Martha De Laurentiis, Jesse Alexander and Chris Brancato. Thirteen episodes have been ordered by the Peacock in its initial commitment.

Gaumont International Television is the recently launched production and distribution studio based in Los Angeles and part of Gaumont, the European-based motion picture studio.