History UK raises Sons of Liberty

History in the UK has picked up new US drama Sons of Liberty.

Sons of Liberty

Sons of Liberty

Based on historical events, the series follows the legendary story of a defiant and radical group of men as they join together in secrecy to spark one of the most famous revolutions in history and ultimately make America a unified nation.

This new generation of young American men struggling to find purpose with their lives decide it is time for equality, but in their fight find something greater and change the face of history. This group of rogues become rebels and these rebels became heroes.

The cast includes Ben Barnes, Rafe Spall, Dean Norris, Ryan Eggold, Michael Raymond-James, and Henry Thomas.

Produced by A+E Studios and Stephen David Entertainment, Stephen David and David C White are the writers. The executive producers are David, Russ McCarroll, Elaine Frontain Bryant, and Matthew Gross.

It debuted on History in the US earlier this year, and will air in the UK in June.

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.

Roots reboot for History, A&E, Lifetime

Classic drama Roots is getting a reboot.



US cable channels History, A&E, and Lifetime have partnered to make a version of Alex Haley’s American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte.

The series is described as a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity.  Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta, who is captured in his homeland in The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America where he’s sold into slavery.

Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in US history – including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation.

Roots will be an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and original producer The Wolper Organisation.

Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald, and Charles Murray are writing the script.

Will Packer, Toberoff, Marc Wolper, Konner, and Rosenthal  will executive produce, with original cast member LeVar Burton and Korin Huggins as co-executive producer.

Roots will air across all three networks in 2016.

The series will be distributed internationally by A+E Networks under its A+E Studios International banner.

History schedules Texas Rising

US cable channel History will launch its new event series Texas Rising next month.

Texas Rising

Texas Rising

The ten-hour series, which follows the Texas revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers, will air across five nights in May and June, beginning on May 25.

Directed by Roland Joffé, the cast includes Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor Donovan, and Kris Kristofferson.

The series is produced by A+E Studios, ITV Studios America, and Thinkfactory Media. Leslie Greif executive produces.

Knightfall dawns for History

History in the US is developing a new drama that chronicles the downfall of the Knights Templar.



Knightfall is set during the event leading up to the persecution and burning at the stake of the Knights on October 13, 1307 – the event that gave the date of Friday the 13th its cursed reputation.

The series was created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner, who executive produce with Jeremy Renner, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum, and Scott Rosenberg.

It will be produced by A+E Studios in association with Renner’s The Combine, and Handfield’s Midnight Radio.


History looks back on The Boys of ’67

Soldiers in the Vietnam War will be the subject of a new drama now in development at US cable channel History.



The Boys of ’67 is about the First Platoon of Charlie Company, 9th Infantry Division – the only division raised, trained, and deployed en mass to service in Vietnam.

It will be produced by A+E Studios in association with Head First Productions and Muse Entertainment.

The executive producers are Jim Head and Michael Prupas, alongside writer Jeb Stuart.

The series is based on the book of the same name by Andrew Wiest.

Winter is coming to A+E Studios

A+E Studios has signed a first-look development deal with producer Rachel Winter.

Under the deal, which covers series and other forms of scripted drama, Winter will work with A+E Studios to develop, create and produce original drama for A+E Networks’ channels, including A&E, Lifetime, and History, and other networks.

Winter recently signed on to executive produce Anne Rice’s The Sleeping Beauty erotic novels for Televisa USA.

She is also producing an ABC drama pilot starring Felicity Huffman, who also produces, about the fearless leader of a team of young agents on the New York City Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Vikings renewed for season four

Historical drama Vikings will return for a fourth season.



US cable channel History has ordered another run of the series, which portrays the life of Vikings in the Dark Ages.

It stars Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, and Alexander Ludwig.

Vikings is created by writer Michael Hirst, who executive produces with Morgan O’Sullivan, Sheila Hockin, John Weber, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, and James Flynn.

The series is produced by World 2000, and Take 5 Productions. It also airs on History in Canada.

Production on season four will begin this spring in Ireland. It is due to air in 2016.

MGM Television distributes Vikings outside Ireland and Canada.

History UK raises Black Sails

History in the UK and Africa has secured rights to US adventure drama Black Sails.

Black Sails

Black Sails

The series, which airs on Starz, is set 20 years before Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island, and the first 8×60′ season takes place within the lawless society of New Providence Island – home to one of the most notorious pirate captains in history.

The cast includes Toby Stephens as Captain Flint, with Hannah New, Tom Hopper, Clara Paget, Luke Arnold, Toby Schmitz, Zach McGowan, and Jessica Parker Kennedy.

Black Sails was created by Jonathan E Steinberg and Robert Levine, and executive produced by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Chris Symes and Dan Shotz also executive produce.

A+E Networks UK picked up the series from Starz Worldwide Distribution.

It is due to debut this summer.

The third season began filming in November 2014 in South Africa.

This is the latest acquisition for History in the UK, which previously picked up US drama Vikings.