MIPTV: ITV Studios unveils new titles for distribution
ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has announced that it is to distribute a range of ambitious, quality new scripted series: Texas Rising, Aquarius, The Good Witch and Schitt’s Creek. The news follows the launch of epic TV drama series The Great Fire at MIPTV on April 7.
The Great Fire
Highly-anticipated U.S. drama Texas Rising boasts an all-star cast including Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser and Ray Liotta, while two-time Golden Globe award-winner David Duchovny stars in tense, new drama series Aquarius. Successful U.S. movie franchise, The Good Witch, set to become a major scripted TV series, joins the slate; and original comedy commission Schitt’s Creek will also join the expanding roster of international scripted programming.
Maria Kyriacou, MD, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said: “As we launch the epic drama The Great Fire, I am delighted to have secured these further important titles for international distribution. Quality, scripted programming is a key genre for us and to have secured these fantastic titles, which boast multi-award winning on and off-screen talent, is a significant move. They consolidate a great raft of scripted programming and I look forward to launching them to the market in the coming year.”
Kevin Lygo, MD, ITV Studios, said: “The combination of accomplished Hollywood A-listers and first rate, award-winning off-screen talent makes a compelling slate of new, scripted programming for distribution by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. These are fantastic programmes with huge international appeal.”
Texas Rising, co-produced by A+E Studios and ITV Studios America, and produced by Thinkfactory Media, details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Thinkfactory Media’s Leslie Greif, the multi-award winning MD responsible for acclaimed dramaHatfields & McCoys, will be the Executive Producer. Two-time Oscar nominee Roland Joffe will direct.
In 1836, if west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West, then Texas was hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes – no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna. From General Sam Houston to rag tag Rangers to the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas”, this is a story of the human spirit rising in the face of insurmountable odds and claiming a piece of history for all eternity.
The gripping new drama series, Aquarius, set in the late 1960’s, sees David Duchovny star as a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life who starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause”. The name of that man is Charles Manson. The twists and turns of a complicated undercover operation lead Duchovny’s character and his young partner to the brink of Manson’s crimes that culminate in the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.
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