Esquire Network cleans up with Spotless

Esquire Network in the US has unveiled its first ever original scripted series.

Spotless is a ten-part drama about a troubled man, Jean Bastiere, whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin, crash lands into his world. Played out against the backdrop of Jean’s Crime Scene Cleaning business, the brothers must confront dark sins of the past and very real dangers in the present.

Spotless

Spotless

It stars Marc-André Grondin, Denis Ménochet, Miranda Raison, and Brendan Coyle.

The series, which was picked up in a deal with StudioCanal, is produced by Tandem Productions for France’s Canal+.

It is executive produced by Rola Bauer, co-creator Ed McCardie, Corinne Marrinan, Jonas Bauer, and Suzanne Berger.

Spotless will debut on Esquire this autumn.

 

AXN discovers Power in Germany

US drama Power is heading to Germany after it was picked up by AXN.

Power

Power

The series stars Omari Hardwick as a night club owner and powerful drug lord, James “Ghost” St. Patrick, who lives between two contrary worlds – torn between good and evil.

It is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh, David Knoller, Mark Canton, and Randall Emmett. Starz produces the series in association with CBS Television Studios.

AXN, owned by Sony Pictures Television Networks, acquired the series from Starz Worldwide Distribution, the sales arm of US premium cable channel Starz.

Power will debut on AXN on July 20.

BBC Four tracks down Follow the Money

BBC Four has picked up the latest acquisition to its foreign language drama slate.

Bedraget

Bedraget

Danish drama Bedraget (aka Follow the Money) is described as a thriller set in the world of economic crime, and comes from broadcaster DR – home to Forbrydelsen, Borgen, and 1864.

When a dead body is found in the sea near a wind farm off the coast of Denmark, Mads, the police detective assigned to the investigation, refuses to believe that it is just an accident. The deeper he digs, the more suspicious he becomes of quickly expanding energy company Energen and is drawn into a morass of financial and legal shady dealings.

The series stars Thomas Bo Larson, Natalie Madueño Wolfsberg, Esben Smed, and Nikolaj Lie Kaas.

The series was created by Jeppe Gjervig Gram. Other writers include Anders August and Jannik Tai Mosholt.

The executive producer is Anders Toft Anderson. It is made by DR and distributed by DR Sales.

BBC takes War and Peace to US

BBC One’s adaptation of War and Peace has been picked up in the US.

War and Peace

War and Peace

Lifetime, A&E and History will all screen the series, which is based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel and written by Andrew Davies.

The six-hour series stars Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, Rebecca Front, and Kenneth Cranham.

Stephen Rea, Ade Edmondson, Greta Scacchi, Jack Lowden, Tom Burke, and Aisling Loftus have also joined the cast.

War and Peace is produced by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, in partnership with The Weinstein Company, BBC Worldwide, and Lookout Point.

Faith Penhale and Bethan Jones executive produce with Davies, Harvey Weinstein, Robert Walak, and Simon Vaughan. The producer is Julia Stannard.

War and Peace will air in 2016.

Hulu takes AMC series

Hulu will become the exclusive US home of a host of dramas after signing a deal with AMC Networks.

Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead

The agreement includes rights to new and upcoming dramas from AMC, IFC, BBC America, SundanceTV, and WE TV, such as The Walking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead.

Series from AMC Networks will be available on Hulu before each subsequent season’s network premiere.

BBC Four gets Trapped in Iceland

BBC Four has picked up a new Icelandic drama ahead of its domestic broadcast.

BBC Four

BBC Four

Trapped (10×60′) follows the discovery of a gorged and mutilated body that is found in a small town near an Icelandic fjord, which is cut off from the outside world after a powerful blizzard.

It is based on an idea from filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur, who is also producing the series with Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson.
The cast includesÓlafurDarriÓlafsson,BjarneHenriksen, Ingvar ESigurðsson,IlmurKristjánsdóttir,NínaDöggFilippusdóttir, andBjörnHlynurHaraldsson.

The series is written by Sigurjón Kjartansson and Clive Bradley. It is executive produced by Dynamic Television’s Dan March and Klaus Zimmermann.

Trapped is being filmed in Iceland by RVK Studios for public broadcaster RUV, and is distributed by Dynamic Television.

ABC, DR take No Offence

Broadcasters in Australia and Denmark have picked up new Channel 4 crime drama No Offence.

No Offence

No Offence

ABC down under and Denmark’s DR have both acquired the police procedural, following deals with distributor FremantleMedia International.

Described as “crime on steroids” by the FMI’s CEO Jens Richter, No Offence sees a crack team of no nonsense coppers clamp down on crime in an attempt to keep the streets clean.

Created by Paul Abbott, it is produced by AbbottVision. The cast includes Joanna Scanlon, Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor, Paul Ritter, and Colin Salmon.

It debuts on Channel 4 on May 5.

Mediaset taps 100 Code

German crime drama 100 Code is travelling to Italy.

100 Code

100 Code

Mediaset has picked up the series, which stars Dominic Monaghan as an NYPD detective who travels to Sweden to investigate a string of shocking murders.

Once in Sweden, he is paired with another cop, Eklund, played by Michael Nyqvist.

The series was developed by Bobby Moresco and Fabrik Entertainment, and is produced by 100 Code AB and Zen Productions for Kanal 5 in Sweden and Sky Deutschland.

Klaus Zimmermann executive produces with Moresco, Henrik Bastin, and Mikkel Bondesen. Joakim Hansson is producer.

100 Code launched in March on Sky Deutschland’s Sky Atlantic and HBO Nordics. It will air on Kanal 5 later this year.

Red Arrow International distributes the series.

Amazon UK secures Extant season two

Amazon Prime Instant Video has picked up the second season of Halle Berry drama Extant for its subscribers in the US.

Extant

Extant

The new run, which begins on the VoD platform on July 2, see astronaut Molly Woods (Berry) discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger JD Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be Earth’s only hope for survival.A new episode will be released each week after its US airing, with season one already available.

The series also stars Pierce Gagnon and Grace Gummer.

Extant is coproduced by CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro, Mickey Fisher, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Berry, and Brooklyn Weaver are executive producers.

Hulu catches The Last Ship

Hulu has acquired previous episodes of two TNT dramas.

Subscribers to the US VoD service will be able to catch up with previous installments of The Last Ship, and Murder in the First, following the licensing deal with Turner Broadcasting System.

The Last Ship

The Last Ship