MIPCOM Cannes, 8 October 11, 2013
Prison drama, Wentworth, has broken out of its Australian home to capture the attention of international audiences. Sales completed by the teams at FremantleMedia International mean that the first season of the gritty Australian series is now available in Africa (MNET), Eire (TV3), Sweden (TV4) and Scandinavia (CMORE), as well as New Zealand (TVNZ), UK (FIVE). It is also available in 15 markets through a pan-Eastern Europe deal with SPI. Additional deals for season two have already been concluded for the UK, Eire, Scandinavia, Sweden and New Zealand.
Jamie Lynn, EVP Sales & Distribution EMEA, FremantleMedia International, said, “Just as its predecessor found a huge following, Wentworth is already must-see viewing for audiences around the world. Its universal theme about the human condition, its strong female leads and its gritty script resonate with international viewers regardless of geography and make this show compelling viewing.”
Produced by FremantleMedia Australia, the hotly anticipated reimagining of the classic Australian drama Prisoner Cell Block H (known as Prisoner in Australia), takes viewers to the Wentworth Correctional Centre. Set against a backdrop of the violent, dangerous world of the modern prison system, the series looks at the struggles and fractious personal lives of Wentworth’s inmates, including lead characters Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack, Underbelly: Razor) and Franky Doyle (Nicole da Silva, Rush).
Since launching in Australia earlier this year, this graphic, edgy reboot became the most watched non-sports programme in Australian subscription television history ever; while in the UK, the series became the number one primetime Australian drama in the UK since 2002.