John Grisham’s novel The Firm to made into TV series

MUMBAI: Independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) and Viasat Broadcasting, have entered into a distribution financing co-venture for 10 Viasat Broadcasting free TV territories on the television series, The Firm, based on John Grisham’s best-selling novel of the same name.

The deal marks Viasat Broadcasting’s foray into the distribution financing arena providing them the television broadcast rights in Denmark, Norway, Sweden (both pay-TV and free-TV rights) and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Czech and Ghana (free-TV rights) as well as on demand rights for its Viaplay services. The one-hour series will be simulcast on Global in Canada and NBC in the US and will air on Sony’s AXN networks in more than 125 territories around the globe.

“We’re thrilled to embark on this joint venture with Viasat Broadcasting. They have the largest geographical broadcast footprint in Europe so we see this as a no-brainer as we plan to expand and build our relationship with them. As part of our unique non-traditional approach to getting projects greenlit by circumventing the pilot process and boldly order straight-to-series, we look for great partners like Viasat who commit to investing in properties in the early stages which demonstrates tremendous support for the creative vision and direction of the series,” said Entertainment One Television International president Peter Emerson.

Produced by eOne Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks and Paramount Pictures, the series stars Josh Lucas as Mitch McDeere, Callum Keith Rennie as Ray McDeere, Molly Parker as Abby McDeere and Juliette Lewis as Tammy Hemphill with recurring guest stars Tricia Helfer as Alex Clark and Shaun Majumder as Andrew Palmer.