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All3Media International has finalized deals in the Americas, Europe and Australasia for The Drowning.

The four-part thriller, which premiered on Channel 5 in the U.K. earlier this year, has been licensed to AMC Networks’ Sundance Now and Acorn TV, which will see the drama broadcasting simultaneously on both platforms across the U.S. and South America beginning May 6. Acorn TV will offer the series in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, while Sundance Now is available in the U.S. and Canada.

Additionally, The Drowning features in a new All3Media International drama package acquisition by C More Entertainment. Rights to the thriller have been secured by C More for Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden in a deal that also includes The Deceived, Blood, Mrs Wilson, Strangers and The Sounds. There was also a digital rights acquisition by Sky New Zealand and a TV/SVOD acquisition by Hellenic Telecommunications for Greece. Dazzler Media secured DVD rights for the U.K. and Eire.

From Noel Clarke and Jason Maza’s All3Media-backed Unstoppable Film & Television, The Drowning was produced in association with All3Media International for Channel 5. Written by Tim Dynevor (Emmerdale), The Drowning is directed by Carolina Giammetta (Vera) and produced by Mary McCarthy. Executive producers are Clarke (Bulletproof), Maza (Bulletproof), Alexandra Stone and Catriona McKenzie. It is created by Francesca Brill (Cuckoo, The Bait) and Luke Watson (Britannia, Ripper Street).

Sally Habbershaw, executive VP of Americas at All3Media International, said: “The Drowning is attracting keen interest on the global stage with its combination of renowned talent on- and off-screen and gripping storyline. We’re delighted to see this buzz result in an initial round of deals in key territories, including a simultaneous Sundance Now/Acorn broadcast that will ensure the drama reaches the maximum number of viewers across their broad audience space. Channel 5 achieved impressive ratings when The Drowning made its debut earlier this year, and we’re looking forward to similar success as this intriguing thriller rolls out worldwide.”

Matthew Graham, general manager for Acorn TV and Sundance Now, added: “We’re excited to partner with frequent collaborator All3Media International to bring both Acorn TV and Sundance Now subscribers another popular British drama. With a riveting script and top-notch ensemble, our subscribers across the U.S., Canada and Latin America are sure to be sucked into this addictive new thriller.”

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