AMC adds White City director

AMC is staffing up for its forthcoming pilot White City.

Director Stephen Gaghan has been added to the political drama, which comes from co-writers and co-executive producers Nick McDonell and John Dempsey.

The story, about Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan, focuses on a war junkie who, against the advice of everyone from American embassy staffers to tweeting tribal leaders to the French journalist he’s in a relationship with, he tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders. In the series, he must find a new role in Kabul as he attempts to address his guilt, frustration and doubts about whether there is good left for him or any Westerner to do in Afghanistan.

Chris Mundy and Tom Freston also executive produce the pilot, which is produced by AMC Studios.

AMC Turns to Halt & Catch Fire

AMC, the US home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, has ordered two new scripted series.

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AMC

Halt & Catch Fire is set in the early 1980s and dramatises the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy. Their personal and professional partnerships are challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.

Produced by AMC Studios, it is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers. The pilot is directed by Juan Campanella, while Jonathan Lisco is the showrunner and Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein from Gran Via Productions are executive producers.

The cast includes Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Rio, Kerry Bishe, Toby Huss and David Wilson Barnes.

The second series, Turn, is based on Alexander Rose’s novel Washington Spies about a New York farmer who joins his friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence in 1778.

Also produced by AMC Studios, it was developed and written by Craig Silverstein, who is also showrunner. The pilot was directed by Rupert Wyatt, with Barry Josephson from Josephson Entertainment as executive producer.

Jamie Bell stars in the series alongside Kevin McNally, Burn Gorman, Daniel Henshall, Seth Numrich, Angus MacFadyen, JJ Feild, Meegan Warner and Heather Lind.

Production on both is due to begin in the fourth quarter of this year, with both expected to premiere on AMC in 2014.

AMC recently ordered a pilot of Line of Sight, coproduced by Fox Television Studios and AMC Studios from writer, creator and executive producer Blake Masters.

Meanwhile, AMC’s newest original series Low Winter Sun is due to debut next month. It comes from writer, executive producer and showrunner Chris Mundy and is coproduced by Endemol Studios and AMC Studios.

Source: AMC / Futon Critic

FIC sets sights on Low Winter Sun

It has been just over a month since US cable channel AMC gave the greenlight to a full season of crime drama Low Winter Sun.

Now it is set to travel around the world after rights holder Endemol Worldwide Distribution secured a deal with Fox International Channels (FIC) to send the series into 120 territories, including Fox in the UK.

Fox International Channels

Fox International Channels

AMC has ordered 10 episodes of the show, which is based on a two-part UK drama originally produced by Endemol-owned Tiger Aspect. This new version will be coproduced by AMC Studio and Endemol Studios, helmed by showrunner Chris Mundy.

Low Winter Sun is described as a story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred.It is due to air in the US this year.

Source: Deadline