Night Manager headed to China, France

IMG and The Ink Factory have sold TV drama The Night Manager to Chinese streaming platform Youku Tudou and French broadcaster France TV.

Based on John le Carre’s novel, the series has now been sold to networks covering over 188 countries and started airing on US network AMC on April 19. AMC International has rights for Iberia, Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia (excluding Japan), Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

The Night Manager recently completed a six-week run in the UK, where it averaged 6.3 million viewers for each episode. Directed by Susanne Bier, the series stars Tom Hiddlestone, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander. It follows a former British soldier (Hiddlestone) who uncovers an alliance between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade.

Other broadcasters that have acquired the series include Tele München Gruppe for German-speaking Europe, C More and TV4 for Nordic territories, DR for Denmark, Sky Italia for Italy, BBC First and SBS for Australia and TV3 for New Zealand.

London and LA-based The Ink Factory, founded by Stephen Cornwell and his brother Simon, was also a producer on Ang Lee’s upcoming feature Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.