ITV Studio's acclaimed series 'Mr. Selfridge' is continuing its global expansion.
The program has been acquired by NBC Universal Global Networks Italia and will begin airing on its DIVA Universal channel, as well as NPO in The Netherlands. Additionally, the program has also been acquired by BBC Entertainment to air across Africa in a pan-territory deal.
"With a second series now in production, I’m pleased to be working with more and more key broadcasters to market this beautifully produced drama to local audiences," said Tobias de Graaff, director of global television distribution at ITV Studios Global Entertainment. "Mr. Selfridge has already been a big hit with European and North American viewers and these latest deals extend the reach of Harry Selfridge’s charm to even more viewers worldwide."
Jeremy Piven (best known stateside for his turn as Ari Gold in HBO's 'Entourage,' for which he earned three Emmy awards and two Golden Globes) stars in the series as Harry Selfridge. Selfridge was considered a visionary entrepreneur and the series deals with his work in London, where he created the upscale department store chain Selfridge & Co., which still thrives to this day.
With these deals, 'Mr. Selfridge' has now been sold to 99 countries worldwide.
It also appears on PBS in the United States, Vision TV in Canada, Seven Network in Australia, on Sundance Channel Global across Asia, and on MBC in countries in the Middle East.
The first series consisted of 10 episodes. The second series is scheduled to air sometime in 2014 and will move the program up from 1908 to 1914, where it will deal with issues such as the approaching World War I.
Here is a brief look at the series. If you are interested, the episodes are available to rent on YouTube for $1.99 a piece.