MIPCOM, 9 OCTOBER 2012 – FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, today announced the sale of US drama Wedding Band (10 x 1 hour) to two multi-territory broadcasters in Asia Pacific that will give the show audiences in more than 45 territories. The deals were brokered by FME’s Ganesh Rajaram, SVP International Distribution and Home Entertainment, Asia.
Sony has picked up the hour long comedic drama for its viewers across East Asia including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Viacom18 has also opted for the show for viewers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.
Rajaram commented, “Wedding Band is fun and youthful, it’s got a great script and a wonderful cast. We’re really looking forward to its premiere across Asia.”
Wedding Band is slated to premiere on the US on cable net TBS in November 2012 and has already found international buyers in Canada (CTV), the UK (Channel 5), Latin America (TBS Latin America), Australia (Network Ten), the Middle East and North Africa (MBC Group), Denmark, Norway and Sweden (Viasat Broadcasting) and Finland (YLE).
The series follows a group of guys who try to escape the stress and strains of their everyday lives by performing in a wedding band. Anchored by lifelong best friends – Tommy, a perennial bachelor, and Eddie, a married father of two – the guys are weekend rock stars. Only they’re not crashing their way into the best parties – they’re paid to perform at them. The groupies are bridesmaids, the drinks are free and the dream is still alive. The band will stop at nothing to make every wedding, birthday or bar mitzvah a concert to remember.
Originally commissioned by US cable net TBS, Wedding Band is a cornerstone of FME’s US cable drama strategy and part of its wider global commitment to develop and distribute high quality English language dramas for international markets. Wedding Band is co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mike Tollin (Smallville, One Tree Hill, Wild Hogs); it’s created and executive-produced by writers Josh Lobis & Darin Moiselle (South Park).
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