MIPCOM: Hayley Atwell's 'Conviction' Sells Wide

Conviction - Hayley Atwell - Still - H - 2016
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Entertainment One locked down sales for ABC's new legal procedural with networks in the U.K., France and Latin America.

Despite what TV critics may say, the world still wants (and needs) by-the-book procedurals.

International networks have jumped on ABC's Conviction, starring Hayley Atwell, a legal drama that could fill slots left open by the end of such procedurals as Castle, Bones and The Mentalist.

France's TF1, Sky Living in the U.K. and Fox Networks Latin America have snatched up the show, which Entertainment One is selling worldwide.

eOne said it is close to finalizing a number of other territories for the show ahead of international TV market MIPCOM, which kicks off in Cannes on Oct. 17. Alongside anchor network ABC in the U.S., Conviction airs on CTV in Canada.

"International buyers continue to want strong procedural shows from the U.S. networks and we are really pleased how well the market has responded to another great show from The Mark Gordon Company," Stuart Baxter, president, eOne Television International, said Monday in a statement.

In Conviction, Atwell plays Hayes Morrison, the rebellious daughter of a former president, who works to free people wrongly convicted of crimes they didn't commit. Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, Merrin Dungey, Emily Kinney, Manny Montana and Daniel Franzese co-star.

Co-created by writer Liz Friedman and director Liz Friedlander, Conviction is produced by the Mark Gordon Company along with ABC Studios. Gordon, Friedman, Friedlander and Nicholas Pepper executive produce the series, with Jennifer Chambers overseeing the project for The Mark Gordon Company.

Atwell will be attending MIPCOM to promote Conviction to international buyers.