A&E Networks UK Will Air Starz ‘Black Sails’

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A&E Networks UK has acquired the exclusive linear TV rights in the U.K. and Africa for Starz’s Black Sails, which will play on History. The acquisition marks the first A&E Networks U.K. deal with Starz. The series has a large U.K. presence with a strong cast of U.K actors featuring Toby Stephens in the lead role and captain Flint. It will premiere on History this summer. The other U.K. cast members include Hannah New, Tom Hopper and Clara Paget. This acquisition follows the success of the epic drama Vikings on History in the U.K. In 2014 it was the channel’s highest ever rating series, drawing an audience of 2.1 million viewers.

Rachel Job, director of programming for History at A&E Networks U.K., said: “’Black Sails’ is a thrilling drama with a treasure trove of colorful characters that really brings to life a remarkable and provocative period of history. Following the huge success of ‘Vikings,’ we are really pleased to bring viewers another premium drama to History.”