This follows last week’s announcement that the series will be airing on Amazon Prime Video in the UK from June 4.
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has sold the highly anticipated Alex Rider series, an adaptation of Anthony Horowitz acclaimed young adult spy novels produced by SPT-backed Eleventh Hour Films (EHF), in nearly 100 territories around the world.
StarzPlay has picked up the series for broadcast in multiple territories across the Middle East and North Africa, MNET has acquired the series for Showmax across Sub-Saharan Africa including South Africa. Across Asia, buyers include Sony Liv in India, Korea Telecom in South Korea, and U-Next bringing the series to Japan. TVNZ is streaming the series in New Zealand. Sales in more territories including the US, China and Australia will be announced soon.
Movistar+ will broadcast the series in Spain, and Nordic Entertainment Groups (NENT Groups) have picked up the series for their streaming service Viaplay in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The series has also been picked up by Kinopoisk HD in Russia and will air on Nova in Greece, and DSmart in Turkey. AXN will broadcast the series across multiple European territories, including Portugal, Hungary, Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
Alex Rider was the first series commissioned by SPT’s international production and distribution divisions on spec, green-lighting the project independently to be distributed worldwide.
The Alex Rider adaptation is penned by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Guy Burt (Bletchley Circle, The Borgias, The Hole), and begins with the second book in the series, Point Blanc, published in 2001 in the UK and 2002 in North America. Eve Gutierrez and Jill Green serve as Executive Producers for the TV series for EHF, alongside Horowitz and Burt, and Andreas Prochaska, who also served as the series director on multiple episodes.
Anthony Horowitz says: “Alex Rider really comes of age in this gripping adaptation of my books. It’s exactly the show I wanted to see and I’m sure it will appeal to a very wide audience.”
Commenting on the series, Wayne Garvie, Sony Pictures Television, President, International Production, said: “We are so thrilled that Alex Rider is finally to be unleashed on audiences around the world! When we started on this unique journey our aim was to create a premium drama, that paid justice to Anthony’s novels, with exciting action scenes, nerve-shredding tension and great acting. Eleventh Hour has delivered just that. And at a time when the world needs escapism, there’s no better time for a new hero to step forward – Alex Rider, your moment has arrived!”