Endeavor Content has secured a collection of international broadcast partners for its highly anticipated, hourlong crime drama “Tokyo Vice” (8x60’), originally commissioned by HBO Max in the United States and WOWOW, Japan’s premium pay-TV broadcaster. Handling global sales on the project, London-based distributor Endeavor Content has inked deals with Crave (Canada), Canal+ (France), Paramount+ Australia, and OSN+ (Middle East and Northern Africa); the series will also debut on HBO Max (Latin America and EMEA) and HBO Go (Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) and Starzplay (Austria, Germany, German-speaking Switzerland, Ireland, and the UK).
From global studio Endeavor Content, the scripted series is loosely inspired by American journalist Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction, first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat. The crime drama series, filmed on location in Tokyo, captures Adelstein’s (Ansel Elgort) daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where nothing and no one is truly what or who they seem.
With a pilot directed by Michael Mann, who also serves as an executive producer, “Tokyo Vice” was created and written by J.T. Rogers, who also serves as showrunner and executive producer. The series stars Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe, Rinko Kikuchi, Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu and Tomohisa Yamashita.
“Tokyo Vice” premiered on April 7 in the United States on HBO Max. WOWOW will also debut the first episode in Japan via its streaming service on the same date, with subsequent single episodes recurring every Sunday evening on the WOWOW channel starting on April 24 through June.
“This was one of the first pieces of IP secured by Endeavor Content as a studio, and through years of hard work by the creatives, our production team, HBO, WOWOW, and now the global sales team, we’ve produced a result that is really quite spectacular and has set the international market alight. Endeavor Content’s distribution capabilities really flourish when bringing an ultra-premium series to buyers which showcases global talent both in front and behind the camera. We’re thrilled to be partnering with some of the world’s strongest brands to bring the franchise to the international audience,” said Prentiss Fraser, EVP Television Distribution at Endeavor Content.