Sony UK lands Netflix’s Orange is the New Black

Scripted-logo-460_2Orange-is-the-New-Black_2LSony has acquired Netflix original Orange is the New Black for its UK pay TV net Sony Channel.

The Sony deal sees the show get its linear TV debut in the UK, with it previously only available on Netflix’s SVOD service.

Sony Channel has snagged the first two seasons of the prison drama and will launch it with a double bill on April 19. It will have a 9pm slot on the channel.

The series is distributed by Lionsgate, which struck the linear TV deal.

Kate Marsh“We recognise the demand for premium content that appeals to a broad audience, which is exactly what Orange Is The New Black offers,” said Kate Marsh, SPTN’s executive VP, Western Europe, international networks.

“It is widely recognised as a must-see series that we’re pleased to make part of our offering on Sony Channel.”

“We’re pleased to partner with our friends at Sony Pictures Television as we continue to bring Orange is the New Black to new audiences and platforms around the world,” said Lionsgate, president of international television and digital distribution Peter Iacono. “Orange is a global phenomenon with ever-growing appeal.”

Four seasons of the drama are available on Netflix and the fifth will launch in June on the streaming service.