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Protagonist books The Sweeney into eOne for US

EXCLUSIVE: eOne continues to ramp its US distribution slate with the acquisition of Protagonist’s The Sweeney, which the distributor had previously picked up for UK and Canada; deals flow for Nick Love’s crime-drama and Vertigo’s Viking epic Hammer of the Gods.

eOne continues to ramp its US distribution slate with the acquisition of Protagonist’s The Sweeney, which they had previously picked up for UK and Canada.

The expanding eOne has also taken Nick Love’s crime-drama for South Africa.

The deal was negotiated by Jo Sweby, eOne’s manager, worldwide acquisitions, and Ben Roberts, CEO for Protagonist, following a packed market screening, which also triggered deals with CIS (DT Productions), Poland (Freeman), Spanish Speaking Latin America (Pasatiempo),Eastern Europe (Programs 4 Media), Greece (Feelgood), South Korea (Atnine), China (China Lion), Indonesia (PT Parkit) and Japan (Klockworx).

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Ray Winstone and singer-actor Ben Drew aka Plan B star in the feature adaptation of the popular UK TV series about two UK cops in a violent crime unit. Vertigo and Embargo produce.

eOne and Protagonist also locked up a multi-territory all rights deal on Protagonist’s UK Viking action Hammer of the Gods for Canada, Germany, France, Scandinavia and South Africa.

Protagonist also closed deals on the latter with Australia and New Zealand (Hopscotch), Middle East (Front Row) and Switzerland (Impuls).

Charlie Bewley stars as a young Viking warrior on a quest in Hammer of the Gods, which is set in Britain, 871 AD. The project is currently shooting in the UK.

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