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Spy Drama Starring Academy Award®-Winner, J.K. Simmons Sells into 
Over 40 Territories


Culver City, CA – February 16, 2018 – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has sold high-stakes, espionage drama series “Counterpart” into more than 40 territories around the world, including France, Spain, Central Europe, Canada, Russia, Japan and China, among others.  Academy Award®-winner J.K. Simmons stars in dual roles in this spy thriller from creator Justin Marks, Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content and MRC serving as the studio.

“Counterpart” has received terrific critical praise with a 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an IMDb rating of 8.3.  The series debuted confidently on Starz in the US as their #1 telecast so far this year.

In Europe, “Counterpart” has been picked up by OCS in France and HBO has acquired the series across Central Europe and Spain.  ViaSat World has taken the rights in Russia.  Telenet has picked up the series in Belgium (Flemish) and MTG Ltd. in the Nordics. 

Elsewhere, Sohu has acquired the series in China, as well as WOWOW in Japan and KT in South Korea.  Bell Media has the series in Canada and it has been acquired by D-Smart in Turkey and Bein across the Middle East.

Keith Le Goy, President, Worldwide Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment said: “‘Counterpart’ has already captivated audiences in the U.S., and its intriguing story, featuring an extraordinary performance by J.K. Simmons, will have viewers around the world enthralled in each episode.”

“Counterpart” is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, “what if our lives could have been different?”

“Counterpart” also features Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, “Manhattan”), Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, “Manhattan”), Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger), Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”), Sara Serraiocco (Salvo, Cloro, Worldly Girl), and Ulrich Thomsen (“The Blacklist,” “Banshee”). Academy Award® nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) directed the first episode.

Created, written, and executive produced by Marks (The Jungle Book) and from the studio, MRC, “Counterpart” is also executive produced by Gary Gilbert (La La Land) with Gilbert Films, Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), as well as Keith Redmon (The Revenant) and Bard Dorros (Spotlight) with Anonymous Content. 


Emma Marshall
Administration Coordinator, Communications (EMEA)
+44 (207) 533-1588

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