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BainjayViasatRestaurant 23Nov2017The international distribution arm of Banijay Group has sold two of its prestigious drama series to international media company Viasat World for its brand new content platform, Epic Drama.

Viasat World has spent the last few weeks attempting to acquire content for Epic Drama which is set to launch on 14 December. It has already secured more than 50 hours of content including TV series across a variety of genres such as crime and mystery, classic literary, politics and power, historical, war, action adventure, real history and fantasy.

Available in all Epic Drama markets, and exclusively to some, the ‘of-the-moment’ titles — to which Banijay Rights holds distribution to — set to join the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), pay-TV and catch-up line-up include series one of SVT’s (Sweden) biggest original commission and most successful drama ever, The Restaurant (10x60’). The critically acclaimed impassioned family saga about love, conflict and betrayal is produced by Jarowskij, in collaboration with SVT, Viaplay, Film i Väst.  Also acquired is series one of award-winning lavish high-end historical drama Versailles (10x60’), co-produced by Capa Drama, Zodiak Fiction, Incendo for CANAL+.

“We’ve been working hard to compile a launch slate for Epic Drama which lives up to the brand’s bold and lavish promise, as well as securing more of the greatest drama series to premiere on the channel exclusively in our key markets,” remarked Karin Heijink, VP content and product at Viasat World. “Epic Drama’s exceptional slate is testament to the strength of our relationships with our valued and trusted content distribution partners such as Banijay Rights, alongside our expertise in content curation. We’re very pleased to welcome these world-class drama series for our viewers.”

Added Caroline Torrance, head of scripted at Banijay Rights: “We are delighted to continue to build and strengthen our relationship with Viasat World. These two series are ‘best in class’ dramas and we are certain that they will attract a wide audience when Epic Drama goes live in many parts of the world next month.”