Atresmedia purchases new Cosmos series
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 13-03-2014

Atresmedia will be premiering the new version of Carl Sagan's classic series Cosmos, now co-produced by National Geographic Channel (NGC), free-to-air in Spain.

The format has been premiered in 180 countries and 48 different languages.

The Spanish group purchased the broadcasting rights from FOX International Channels, which co-produces the series with NGC. Sagan's series has been adapted to a modern audience using technological means which didn't exist in 1980.

The series registered 5.8 million viewers during its US premiere, while in Spain it has gathered 225,000 pay-TV viewers during its simultaneous premiere on the country's FOX channels: National Geographic Channel, FOX, FOX Crime, Nat Geo Wild and Viajar.

Cosmos consists of 13 episodes and is presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium. The production has relied on the collaboration of some of the original Cosmos' creators, such as Ann Druyan, co-scriptwriter of the first series.

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show) has also collaborated on the series, and was in charge of producing the animation sequences integrated into the show.