London – October 9, 2018 – Leading into MIPCOM, global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) announced today a raft of high-profile international sales for its highly-anticipated, new police procedural “The Rookie” starring 4-time Emmy®-nominated star Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” “Firefly”, “Modern Family”). “The Rookie” will premiere on ABC (USA) and CTV (Canada) October 16th.
The series has been sold to over 160 territories globally including leading prestigious broadcasters M6 (France), Sky (UK), NBCUniversal International Networks (Latin America), RAI (Italy), TNT (Spain), Sony Pictures Television’s networks (Portugal, CE, Russia), M-NET (Africa), Three (New Zealand), COSMOTE TV (Greece), and more.
The breakout hit at this year’s LA Screenings, following a straight to series order, the show has continued to gain widespread acclaim resulting in significant pre sales to major international broadcasters leading up to MIPCOM.
Shot entirely on the streets of Los Angeles the highly sought after series reunites Executive Producer Alexi Hawley and Fillion of fan-favorite series “Castle,” which ran for eight seasons on ABC (USA) and remains one of the most widely-aired series around the world.
“The Rookie is a premium quality and accessible series that seamlessly weaves in drama, heart and humor,” commented Stuart Baxter, President of International Distribution. “The response to this series internationally has been brilliant as evident with these key early sales and a true testament to the quality of the show. From a global standpoint, The Rookie lends itself to a wide audience, is flexible for the schedule and features Nathan Fillion who brings with him a devoted international fanbase. This is truly a unique show with elements of Hill Street Blues meets Grey’s Anatomy that offers a fresh take on the cop genre.”
Inspired by a true story, the primetime series stars Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most people are at the peak of their career, Nolan casts aside his comfortable, small town life and moves to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Nolan, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, must navigate the dangerous, humorous, and unpredictable world of the streets of L.A. as he makes his second shot at life count.
“The Rookie” also features an internationally successful ensemble cast including Melissa O’Neil (“Dark Matter”), Richard T. Jones (“Santa Clarita Diet”), Afton Williamson (“Shades of Blue”), Mercedes Mason (“Fear the Walking Dead”), Alyssa Diaz (“Ray Donovan”), Eric Winter (“Rosewood”) and Titus Makin Jr. (“The Path”).
The series is executive produced by eOne’s Mark Gordon (“Designated Survivor,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ray Donovan”), Alexi Hawley (“The Following,” “State of Affairs,” “Body of Proof”), Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg. All distribution rights are handled by eOne.
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Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment and Renegade 83; live entertainment leaders Round Room Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technologystudio Secret Location.