Starz Acquires International Rights to ‘Ramy’

Hulu/A24 comedy starring Ramy Youssef will premiere on STARZPLAY in the U.K. on Aug. 30

Maysa (Hiam Abbass) and Ramy (Ramy Youssef)
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Starz has landed international rights to the Hulu/A24 comedy “Ramy,” which premiered earlier this year and stars Ramy Youssef as a Muslim millennial living in a post-9/11 America.

Starz will distribute the show internationally in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg. The series will premiere on Starz’s premium streaming service STARZPLAY in the U.K. on Aug. 30, with the other territories to follow suit.

Starz has acquired the rights from Lionsgate.

“‘Ramy’ is exactly the kind of premium, noisy content that we are looking to deliver to the global STARZPLAY audience,” Superna Kalle, EVP for Starz, said. “We look forward to debuting the series in the UK and across Europe, where the storytelling – which is equally specific and universal – will most certainly resonate with viewers.”

The first season of “Ramy” follows the title character as he tries to balance his life in the Muslim and millennial cultures. Ramy visits his parent’s home country of Egypt toward the end of the first season. Alongside Youssef, the show also stars Amr Waked (Farouk Hassan), Hiam Abbas (Maysa Hassan), Dena Calmawy (Dena Hassan) as his fictional family and Mohammed Amer (Mo), Dave Merheje (Ahmed) and Steve Way (Steve) as his friends.

“Ramy” was renewed for a second season in May. Last month, “Ramy” announced that it had added “Moonlight” and upcoming “Blade” star Mahershala Ali as a guest star for season two. 

“Ramy” is an A24 production executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael, A24’s Ravi Nandan, showrunner Bridget Bedard and co-creators Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch.