Harlan Coben’s The Five Heads to DIRECTV Latin America


MIAMI/LONDON: DIRECTV has secured rights for Latin America to air Harlan Coben’s hit original drama The Five.

Through a deal signed by STUDIOCANAL, the ten-part thriller will launch on OnDIRECTV, DIRECTV Latin America’s exclusive entertainment channel, on March 27. The series was created exclusively for TV by the nine-time number one New York Times best-selling author.

The Five will make its debut in Japan on WOWOW Prime in February and has also aired on Italy’s TIMvision and Radio-Canada for French-speaking Canada, alongside France’s CANAL+, Israel’s Yes DBS, the Netherlands’ NPO, New Zealand’s SKY, Australia’s SBS 1 and Spain’s Telefonica.

“We’re thrilled to offer Harlan Coben’s The Five exclusively to our subscribers in Latin America,” said Willard Tressel, the general manager of OnDIRECTV. “Harlan is recognized as a master of creating mysteries with unexpected twists and turns. We believe our viewers will be captivated by the kind of storytelling—now brought to the screen—that has put over 70 million books in print worldwide.”

Katrina Neylon, the executive VP of sales and marketing at STUDIOCANAL, commented, “We are very pleased to announce yet another significant deal for The Five and I’d like to thank Beatriz Campos, STUDIOCANAL’s VP of sales, and our Miami-based consultant Daniel Rodriguez for securing the perfect broadcaster for this drama in Latin America. This acquisition continues our successful relationship with DIRECTV, following their broadcast of The Last Panthers and Spotless last year, and we are sure that the riveting story line and high production values of The Five will make it another must-see choice for DIRECTV viewers across the region.”