Starz takes ballet lessons

With the final season of its breakout original series Spartacus now on air, US premium cable network Starz is continuing to ramp up its development slate as it looks to build on the success laid down by the swords ‘n’ sandals franchise.

Spartacus: War of the Damned

Spartacus: War of the Damned

The channel already has other originals on air including Magic City and Boss, though the latter was cancelled after two seasons. Da Vinci’s Demons will debut in April and historical drama The White Queen, coproduced with the BBC, is due later this year.

Shows in development include science-fiction drama Incursion, pirate adventure Black Sails, a crime drama from William Monahan (The Departed) and hip-hop drama Turf.

Now added to that list is an untitled drama that will immerse viewers in the world of ballet.

Lawrence Bender (Pulp Fiction) and Breaking Bad co-executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett are behind the show, which sees a young female ballet dancer with a troubled past join a prestigious ballet company in New York.

It will be produced by Starz Entertainment with Bender and Kevin Brown as executive producers.

And as a sign of its growing distribution business, Starz will retain all domestic and international rights across television, home entertainment and digital. When picking up US rights to The White Queen from UK distributor All3Media International, it also negotiated a deal to pick up all remaining rights to the show as part of its plans to widen its business beyond pay TV in the US.

Source: Futon Critic