Great news for North America fans, where AXN isn’t available. According to this article, Absentia will premiere on Sony’s streaming platform Crackle within six months. Crackle is available on many platforms, which you can find here.

Marie Jacobson, Executive Vice President of Production and Programming at Sony Pictures Television opened the first day of activities at RioContentMarket 2017 analyzing various subjects, mainly regarding original production and streaming platforms.

“Now-a-days we frequently hear: ‘There is less money in the market and we need to produce more than before’. But at Sony we believe that this is the fun part: to find and develop new models within this new context”. For example, Jacobsen mentioned a pitching by screenwriters that took place at UCLA in the United States in order to find new perspectives for productions. This is how Oden Ruskin appeared, the director of the new series ‘Absentia’ that will debut on Sony’s streaming platform Crackle, in six months.

“ ‘Absentia’ is a new model that we had never seen before, we are six months away from the debut and the series is already being marketed by means of homemade trailers, creative posts by users and great exposure on social networks. We don’t have the normal studio budget for this product but we are doing it because we really believe in new talent with new perspectives”, said the executive.

In Brazil, one of the high-impact productions by Sony is ‘Shark Tank’, produced by Floresta Produções and emerging from the format of the Japanese reality show ‘Dragon’s Den’. Another success case mentioned by the executive is ‘Skeleton Crew’, a series co-produced in the United States and adapted in Poland. “Poland has no such thing as a screenwriters’ room. But we sat down with a group of Polish writers to come up with nine episodes for the American public”. The explanation is that the company truly needs partners to boost creativity, distribute risks better and increase the chances of finding the next big thing.

Crackle, belonging to Sony, was one of Latina America’s first streaming platforms, initially thought to be a TV catch-up service. But after a few years of slow activity, the site is turning into the studio’s best bet for the region. “We are only starting, but this shows Sony’s commitment towards innovation as we are thinking of Crackle as a customized platform for Brazil and Latin America that works as a solution for our paid TV partners”. In this sense, the executive affirmed that Brazil is among the five most important markets of the over-the-top (OTT) sector in the world with a growth of 25% in this niche, in 2015 alone.


This is some pretty exciting news!! Not only will we get Stana back on our screens, but the plot itself sounds very interesting!

Stana Katic is returning to television. The former Castle star is in final negotiations to play the lead in Absentia, a 10-episode straight-to-series crime thriller greenlighted by Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN.

Produced by Tel Aviv-based Masha Productions, the series will begin filming early next year for a 2017 premiere on AXN’s worldwide channels. Sony Pictures Television will handle distribution in the U.S., where the show is yet to be shopped, and outside of AXN’s channel footprint.

Written/executive produced by Matt Cirulnick (South Beach), based on a pilot script originally written by Gaia Violo, Absentia centers on an FBI agent, to be played by Katic. While hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, the FBI agent disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

Oded Ruskin, known for the hit Israeli series False Flag, will direct all ten episodes of the series. Riskin also will produce with Masha TV’s Maria Feldman (Homeland, False Flag), Ruskin and Julie Glucksman.

Absentia is the perfect blend of crime thriller and character-driven drama for the AXN audience,” said Marie Jacobson, EVP, Programming and Production at Sony Pictures TV Networks. “With a strong lead, Matt’s writing, and Oded’s direction, we have a signature series packed with suspense, surprise and emotional turns that feels distinctly AXN, and has great global potential,” said Jacobson.

Sony’s AXN networks broadcast in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, with a programming slate focused on action, crime and mystery.  The networks’ most recent drama series commissions include Hannibal, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, and Crossing Lines, with Donald Sutherland and Goran Visnjic.

Katic is coming off an eight-season stint as fan-favorite Kate Beckett on ABC’s Castle, which earned her three People’s Choice Awards. Her most recent feature, The Rendezvous, just had a special screening at the Mill Valley Festival. Katic, who also produces through her own company, Sine Timore Films, is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA.