Quebecor Content lands another hit with the acquisition of Designated Survivor from Les Films Séville
MONTREAL, November 1, 2016 – True to its mission of bringing the highest quality programming to its viewers, Quebecor Content announced today that it has acquired the French-language rights to the new hit drama series Designated Survivor, from Entertainment One (eOne), a subsidiary Les Films Séville. The series will be broadcast on Club Illico and on one of TVA Group’s channel.
This new conspiracy drama series has already garnered widespread critical acclaim and popularity with viewers. Created by Executive Producer David Guggenheim and starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland, Designated Survivor follows Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union which kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession. As Kirkman struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, he navigates the highly volatile political arena and searches for the perpetrators.
Designated Survivor co-stars Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Adan Canto and Italia Ricci. The series is produced by The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios and distributed internationally by eOne, who also holds an equity stake in The Mark Gordon Company.
"We're extremely proud to present this eagerly awaited event series to all our viewers," commented Yann Paquet, Vice President of Acquisitions & Partnerships at Quebecor Content. "Designated Survivor is an excellent example of the high quality content that we offer on our different platforms.”
"We are glad that our hit series Designated Survivor found a great home in French Canada. We look forward to seeing the show become a huge hit in the territory across all platforms," said Xavier Trudel, EVP, Television and Digital North America, Les Films Séville & Entertainment One Films.
About Quebecor Content
Quebecor Content, a wholly owned business unit of Quebecor Media, creates, develops, acquires, distributes and exports distinctive, high-quality audio-visual content, providing consumers with a multi-platform experience via the services of Videotron and TVA Group, all while promoting Quebec artists at home and abroad.
About Entertainment One:
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, and digital content. 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 film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
Headquartered in Montréal, Les Films Séville is the leading distributor of film content in Québec. An important partner of the Quebec film industry and a subsidiary of Entertainment One, Les Films Séville has also emerged as the largest distributor of Québec films internationally.
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