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Ovation takes exclusive US rights to Versailles

Scripted-logo-460_2VERSAILLES Saison 1US arts network Ovation TV has acquired exclusive local rights to French period drama Versailles.

The Canal+ original drama, which was shot in English, will premiere on Ovation on October 1.

This comes after it closed a deal with Banijay Group’s sales arm, Zodiak Rights, whose sister firm Zodiak Fiction coproduced the series with France’s Capa Drama and Canada’s Incendo.

Versailles is set in 1667 in the court of a 28-year-old King Louis XIV, who ruthlessly pursues goals of creating the most beautiful palace in Europe and taking absolute control of France.

“The epic nature of this story is captured extraordinarily well in this lush production,” said Ovation’s executive VP, programming and production, Scott Woodward. “Versailles is the epitome of ‘event’ programming and there’s no better network to showcase it than Ovation TV.”

In Canada, the show plays on Super Channel, while Zodiak Rights has sold it to various territories, including the UK where it plays on BBC Two and Germany, on Sky. Canal+ commissioned a second season before the first went out.