Mediaworks holds on to Sony Pictures deal

I saw the trailer to this recently and it really does look like a good show.

And I love how the man with parkinsons is still able to mock himself despite his ailment.

The fall’s highly anticipated new drama series The Blacklist, starring multiple Emmy Award winning actor James Spader, will screen on TV3 as part of a new partnership between MediaWorks and Sony Pictures Television, it was announced today.

MediaWorks TV Director of Programming, Mark Caulton says:  “The Blacklist created some of the biggest buzz at this year’s LA Screenings, and will be a fantastic addition to TV3’s primetime lineup.

“We are thrilled to have secured this stand-out show for our viewers, along with a number of other terrific series from Sony Pictures Television which will screen across TV3 and FOUR.”

The Sony Pictures Television deal gives MediaWorks TV exclusive New Zealand broadcast rights for some of the year’s best new television shows.

The Blacklist sees Spader play one of the world’s most wanted criminals, who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up some of his most notorious accomplices. His sole condition is that he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection.

Other highlights include sitcom The Michael J Fox Show; drama series Rake, starring Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear; drama series House of Cards, starring multiple Oscar winning and Emmy nominated Kevin Spacey; and Us & Them, an American remake of the UK comedy series about long distance love, Gavin and Stacey.

Mark Young, Senior Vice President, Distribution and Sales, Australia & New Zealand for SPT says: “Sony Pictures Television offers one of the largest content libraries in the world, which includes some of the most anticipated new series of the upcoming TV season. We have worked closely with Mediaworks to bring New Zealand viewers a strong slate of programming that features award winning talent and compelling storytelling across a variety of genres.”

Some of the new Sony Pictures content is expected to screen on TV3 and FOUR later this year, with other programmes premiering as part of MediaWorks’ new season lineup in 2014.

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  • Reece

    An exclusive output deal? Sony pictures shows would previously turn up anywhere on a show by show basis. But this is at least some good news for mediaworks, it should also give them back catelogue material for off peak slots.

  • Trevor Ashman

    I don’t think they should put any new shows on FOUR until it’s turned into HD 🙂