Global producer and distributor Fremantle today announced a new exclusive licensing deal with leading Russian broadcasters Viasat and more.TV. The multi-year deal will see both broadcasters acquire a selection of Fremantle’s world-class new premium shows and library programming in 2020 and over the coming years, plus library volume commitments each year.

Viasat Channels and ViP Play online cinema have picked up a collection of premium and library content from Fremantle, including critically acclaimed titles The Young Pope by Academy Award winning director Paolo Sorrentino, Dublin Murders from acclaimed series creator and writer Sarah Phelps, the internationally award-winning spy series’ Deutschland 83’ and Deutschland 86’ created by Anna Winger and Jörg Winger, plus an exclusive collection of brand new primetime dramas. This includes Chilean psychological thriller La Jauria from Fremantle and acclaimed producers Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain, historical drama The Windermere Children which tells the harrowing and ultimately life-affirming story of Holocaust children who were relocated and rehabilitated in the UK after World War II and The Sister from Euston Films (part of Fremantle), adapted from the Neil Cross thriller novel “Burial”.

The deal with will also see their viewers get access to a number of first-class series in 2020, including Picnic At Hanging Rock, the gripping reimagining of the iconic Joan Lindsay novel, Hard Sun, the pre-apocalyptic drama from Neil Cross, as well as Dublin Murders, Deutschland ’83 and Deutschland ’86. More TV will offer exclusive first-run screenings for new series including We Are Who We Are, a new coming-of-age story from Luca Guadagnino set on an American military base, The Investigation, the highly anticipated six-part series following the complex investigation surrounding the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, middle Eastern war thriller No Man’s Land which takes viewers on a young Frenchman’s journey in search of his presumed dead sister in the midst of the Syrian conflict, and Deutschland ’89, the much-awaited final season of the nationally and internationally award-winning spy series.

Nick Pawsey, VP Sales & Distribution CEE, Russia, CIS, International, Fremantle, who brokered the deal, said: “We’re excited to be in partnership with both Viasat and more.TV to bring some of the world’s most-loved dramas and upcoming cutting-edge series to Russian audiences for the first time. This multi-year agreement reflects our priority to help deliver an unparalleled curated range of premium content that will offer an exciting new addition for both channels and their SVOD services in this highly competitive market.”

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