Munich, November 18, 2013. Australian broadcaster SBS has secured free TV rights to Red Arrow International's "The Escape Artist". While, leading home entertainment distributor Entertainment One Hopscotch (eOne Hopscotch), has acquired DVD and digital rights to the series. Starring David Tennant ("Broadchurch") and written by David Wolstencroft, "The Escape Artist" was produced by Emmy Award winner Hilary Bevan Jones and Paul Frift of Red Arrow's Endor Productions for BBC One.
"'The Escape Artist' has a fascinating premise with an exceptional cast and is a perfect fit for SBS, where we are committed to delivering the best international dramas to our audience. We look forward to introducing this gripping 3-part series to Australia in 2014." says Peter Andrews, SBS Head of Network Programming.
Jude Troy, Managing Director at eOne Hopscotch, says: "We are thrilled to add this pedigree show to our stable of high end TV shows. It's a brilliant drama with a stellar cast and the backing of one of the UK's best producers."
Yan He, Senior Vice President Sales, Asia Pacific at Red Arrow International, says: "'The Escape Artist' perfectly combines crime thriller with legal drama - having you sat on the edge of your seat from the beginning till the very end. Acing ratings on the BBC and with fantastic acting talent headed by David Tennant, it's a great call for SBS and eOne Hopscotch."
The Escape Artist (3 x 60' / 2 x 90')
Attracting up to 6.2 million viewers on BBC One, equating to a 23.3% market share of all audiences, "The Escape Artist" sees David Tennant star as defense lawyer Will Burton. Burton specializes in getting people out of tight legal corners, but when his talents acquit the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, this brilliance comes back to bite him.
Set in a legal world, which is as much about primal feelings as it is about the twists and turns of a horrific murder trial, we see that the law is not just an intellectual exercise, it is all blood and guts when you scratch under the surface.
With a background as Australia's multicultural broadcaster, SBS holds a unique place in the Australian media landscape. As described in the SBS Charter, SBS's principal function is to provide multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and reflect Australia's diverse society. We carry out this function through an ever-increasing number of distribution platforms including free-to-air television channels, subscription television, analogue and digital radio, online, and mobile devices and apps. SBS inspires all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world, and in doing so contributes to a cohesive society. Visit www.sbs.com.au
Entertainment One Hopscotch (eOne Hopscotch) is an Entertainment One company. Entertainment One Limited (LSE:ETO) is an international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
Red Arrow International
Red Arrow International is a leading distributor with an extensive slate of scripted, factual and format designs, guaranteeing a strong portfolio with programs by Red Arrow Entertainment Group and third party producers.
Red Arrow International has a unique expertise in packaging, co-financing and co-producing international drama, such as Netflix' first original drama "Lilyhammer" and "Jo", starring Jean Reno.
Red Arrow International boasts a strong track record in building format franchises such as "Benidorm Bastards" with 25 local versions including NBC's "Betty White's Off Their Rockers", and ABC's "The Taste".
Led by Jens Richter, Red Arrow International has a global reach with offices in Munich, Los Angeles and Hong Kong and making sales in over 150 territories.
Red Arrow International is part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, incorporating 16 TV production companies spanning across 9 countries. Red Arrow Entertainment Group belongs to ProSiebenSat.1 Group, one of Europe's leading media groups.