MIPCOM: Sony Sells 'Outlander' Wide in Europe, Latin America

Outlander Caitriona Balfe Sam Heughan - H 2014

Outlander Caitriona Balfe Sam Heughan - H 2014

The show, which drew strong ratings for Starz in the U.S., has now been licensed to 87 territories

Sony Pictures Television said Wednesday it has sold drama series Outlander, which airs on Starz in the U.S., to countries across Europe and Latin America, taking the total number of territories to which the show has been licensed to 87.

The 16-episode first season, based on the popular book franchise by Diana Gabaldon, was the most watched series debut for an original Starz drama launching in the summer. Starz has already ordered a second season.

In Latin America, SPT has licensed Outlander to streaming subscription VOD service Clarovideo, bringing the show to subscribers in 14 markets, including Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay in mid-2015.

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In Europe, HBO in The Netherlands and Icelandic broadcaster 365 have secured pay TV and SVOD rights for Outlander in their respective markets.

Viasat has picked up the rights for the show for its SVOD service Viaplay in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Meanwhile, Irish broadcaster RTE has acquired the show for its RTE2 network, and VRT snagged the free TV rights in Flemish-speaking Belgium.

Said Keith LeGoy, president of international distribution at SPT: "These new platforms offer an ideal environment for viewers to enjoy this rich, cinematic story, and we will continue to build on the tremendous success Outlander has already had on Starz in the U.S."

Outlander previously sold to networks and SVOD services in Australia, New Zealand and Chinese SVOD platform Sohu.

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Outlander follows Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a young Scottish warrior, Claire is torn between two very different men in two irreconcilable lives.

The series adaptation for Outlander was developed by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica).

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