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Snowpiercer penetrates China

John Hurt (left) in the movie version of Snowpiercer

Hong Kong-based Huanxi Media has acquired the right to air forthcoming TBS thriller Snowpiercer on its streaming service in China.

Based on the 2013 film of the same name, the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series will air across mainland China on Huanxi.com after a deal was struck with the show’s distributor, ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE).

Snowpiercer is due to launch on US cablenet TBS early next year, having originally been commissioned for its sister network TNT. It centres on an enormous, perpetually moving train that carries the remnants of humanity following an apocalyptic event.

TBS parent WarnerMedia announced last week it had ordered a second season of the show prior to the first run’s debut.

The series is produced by Tomorrow Studios – a joint venture between CEO Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios – along with CJ Entertainment, which produced the original film. It stars Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish).

Huanxi’s deal, which includes both seasons, follows a similar deal between the company and ITVSGE for the BBC’s breakout thriller Bodyguard, signed in May.

Netflix has licensed the international SVoD rights to Snowpiercer outside of the US and China.

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