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AXN Commissions Series Based on Thomas Harris' Psychological Thriller

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 30, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks announced today they have signed a deal with Gaumont International Television to bring Hannibal, a new series based on the world-renowned mythology and infamous character portrait of Thomas Harris' "Hannibal Lecter," to AXN networks around the world. The announcement was made by Marie Jacobson, executive vice president, programming and production, Networks, SPT and Erik Pack, head international distribution and co-production, Gaumont International Television.

Produced by Gaumont International Television in association with SPT Networks, the series will be broadcast on SPT's AXN networks in 63 countries, versioned in 18 languages around the globe. Executive Produced by Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me ) and directed by David Slade (Twilight Eclipse, 30 Days of Night, Awake pilot), Hannibal takes viewers back to the beginning and introduces two of fiction's most enigmatic characters for the first time. Hugh Dancy (The Big C, Confessions of a Shopaholic, King Arthur ) is set to play Will Graham, with casting underway for Hannibal. Production is anticipated to begin in late July.

"Hannibal continues our strategic efforts to develop defining shows for SPT's networks," said Jacobson. "Gaumont has assembled a world class team to bring this bold origin story to life."

"We are delighted to be teamed up with SPT on this much anticipated series," commented Pack. "They are the perfect partner for us as they are able to offer Hannibal to a worldwide audience in over 63 countries."

In the US, Hannibal has received a 13-episode order from NBC and is set to launch mid-season. The series will have a near day and date release across AXN's footprint.

Hannibal is SPT Networks' latest co-production to air across AXN's global footprint, following the launch of The Firm, whose international premiere event reached more than 126 million households. With Hannibal, SPT unveils an event series ideally suited for its AXN channels across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central Europe, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Russia and Spain. AXN is SPT's highly successful pay cable and satellite television network known for its high-quality international and locally produced programming. AXN is actively seeking and developing both global and local original series to expand its ratings-winning line-up and further differentiate itself as the drama destination of choice around the world.


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