Sony Pictures Television (“SPT”) has today announced sales of key titles the studio will be screening to international clients this week during L.A. Screenings 2023. On the heels of MGM+ announcing that they are taking The Winter King for the U.S., the studio announced pre-sales for that series as well as the much-anticipated series, Twisted Metal, and BBC and Stan drama Ten Pound Poms.
Based on the classic PlayStation game series and starring Anthony Mackie (The Falcon & The Winter Soldier) and Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), the highly anticipated action-comedy drama Twisted Metal has secured international sales so far in India (SonyLIV); New Zealand (TVNZ); Australia (Stan); the Middle East (BeIN); Central and Eastern Europe (HBO and HBO Max) and across sub-Saharan Africa on MNET’s SHOWMAX. The series will have its world premiere on Peacock in the U.S. on June 27.
The Winter King, the epic Arthurian tale based on the bestselling novels by Bernard Cornwell and produced by SPT-backed Bad Wolf, has already been picked up across the Middle East on BeIN, in India (SonyLIV), and in Australia (Stan). With a cast including Iain De Caestecker, Ellie James and Eddie Marsan, the series has been co-commissioned by ITVX for the UK and MGM+ in the US.
In 1956 a group of Brits respond to an emigration advertisement that promises a prosperous new life in Australia for just £10, where they became known as “Ten Pound Poms”. The new drama, produced by SPT-backed Eleven and starring Michelle Keegan and Warren Brown, follows one family as they arrive in Sydney to find that life down under is a far cry from what they were sold. The series launched on BBC One in the UK and on Stan Australia on May 14, and has been already sold in France (OCS), India (SonyLIV), and New Zealand (TVNZ).
Mike Wald, EVP Distribution & Networks, Sony Pictures Television, says, “We are thrilled by the tremendous early interest we’re seeing from clients for our titles ahead of L.A. Screenings and their worldwide premieres. At a time when everyone is looking for content that stands apart, clients acknowledge there is nothing else out there like Twisted Metal, and we are seeing a clear void in the market for a sweeping epic drama like The Winter King. We are looking forward to announcing more sales on those series imminently and to provide our clients an early look at some of the other projects in the pipeline.”
Alongside Twisted Metal, The Winter King and Ten Pound Poms, SPT will also be screening seductive psychological thriller The Killing Kind (Paramount+ UK) and a robust slate of projects coming soon: High Country (Foxtel Australia) from SPT-backed Curio Pictures; Doc; and the spin-off to the hugely successful Outlander (Blood Of My Blood). SPT will also be previewing Classified (from Diprente and Skybound), a coming-of-age, spy drama set in an international elite high school in Africa, which will launch in the U.S. on Freevee this fall.