Los Angeles, California – As MGM Holdings Inc. celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the founding of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 2014, MGM International Television Distribution Inc. has announced another strong slate of programming for MIPTV.
Television highlights are led by the new series Fargo (10 x 60’), inspired by the award-winning film and featuring an all-new “true crime” story. The series is produced by MGM Television and FX productions for FX in the U.S., and was recently acquired by Channel 4 in the UK. Fargo is shepherded by a stellar team both in front of and behind the camera, including writer and executive producer Noah Hawley (Bones, The Unusuals) and executive producers Warren Littlefield (My Generation and past president, NBC Entertainment), Joel & Ethan Coen (True Grit, A Serious Man, No Country for Old Men), and Geyer Kosinski. The all-star cast includes Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Oliver Platt, Allison Tolman and Bob Odenkirk.
Also new at MIP is the second season of the international hit Vikings, (19 x 60’) which premiered in the U.S. on February 27 and propelled HISTORY to #1 in cable in its Thursday 10-11pm time slot. Season 1 of Vikings was an international success, ranking as SBS One’s (Australia) #1 series overall (scripted/unscripted) for 2013 among key adult and men demos, and outperforming its time-slot average for viewers across many key markets. MGM is also bringing Season 3 of the MTV hit Teen Wolf (48 x 60’). Teen Wolf’s winter season premiere in the U.S. delivered the series’ largest audience ever, with 2.4 million total viewers. Its Canadian premiere of Season 3, Part 1 on Much, was the network’s #1 scripted series for 2013 among total viewers and young adults, Individuals 18-34. Rounding out the television offerings is MGM’s Orion Television’s Paternity Court with Lauren Lake (150 x 30’), a nationally syndicated 30-minute court show that premiered in the U.S. in September 2013.