AMC Networks’ Acorn TV Acquires Exclusive North American Rights to Kudos Drama DEADWATER FELL Starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo from Endemol Shine International
The Acorn TV Original Series will make its US Premiere in April 2020
“The new Broadchurch…but more irresistible… moving, compelling crime drama” –The Guardian
“Complex and fascinating mystery…The first episode… is a tightly written piece of television that sets up a number of fascinating characters and plot threads, anchored by terrific performances across the board.” –Radio Times
Pasadena, CA; January 16, 2020 –AMC Networks’ Acorn TV has acquired exclusive North American rights to new four-part British drama Deadwater Fell from Endemol Shine International. Acorn TV General Manager Matthew Graham announced the news today at the winter Television Critics Association tour. Produced by Kudos and filmed in picturesque Scotland, the darkly gripping drama’s stellar ensemble cast features David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Good Omens), Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Vera), Matthew McNulty (Versailles, Cleaning Up, The Terror) and Anna Madeley (Patrick Melrose, The Crown, Utopia). The miniseries is created and written by Daisy Coulam (Grantchester, Humans) and directed by Lynsey Miller (The Boy with the Topknot, Eve). The Channel 4 series will make its US Premiere as an Acorn TV Original in April 2020.
When a seemingly perfect and happy family is murdered by someone they know and trust, the small Scottish community they call home becomes torn apart with mistrust and suspicion as those closest to the family begin to question everything they thought they knew about their friends.
Deadwater Fell examines in unflinching detail the nature of female friendship and the harmful, entrenched gender stereotypes and conformity that can lead to the most devastating consequences. Laying bare the fragility of trust and the corrosive nature of lies, the series demonstrates that even the closest of friends all have their secrets.
Don Klees, SVP, Programming for Acorn TV, AMC Networks noted, “Acorn TV is thrilled to partner again with our friends at Endemol Shine International on another high-quality British production. Featuring an incredible ensemble cast led by David Tennant and Cush Jumbo, Deadwater Fell is an excellent addition to our Acorn TV Original lineup with its beautiful Scottish setting and a gripping script that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats as new revelations arise.”
Matt Creasey, EVP Sales and Acquisitions – Endemol Shine International commented, “ESI looks forward to continuing their relationship with AMC’s Acorn TV with another stellar UK production. With its superbly written scripts and intriguing characters, Deadwater Fell is a suspenseful crime drama that will captivate American audiences.”
Executive Producers of Deadwater Fell are Emma Kingsman-Lloyd (Grantchester, Humans), Karen Wilson (Utopia, The Tunnel), Daisy Coulam and David Tennant with Caroline Levy (Beecham House, Hooten & The Lady, The Mill) producing. Deadwater Fell is produced by Kudos (Humans, Utopia, Tin Star), part of the Endemol Shine Group, for Channel 4 and was commissioned by Channel 4’s Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick and Commissioning Editor, Manpreet Dosanjh. The series is distributed globally by Endemol Shine International.
Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television with over 1 million paid subscribers in the U.S and Canada. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week to a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials.
Coming up in 2020, Acorn TV will feature five commissioned series as well as several returning favorites. Commissions include Irish period mystery series Dead Still, British mystery Agatha Raisin, Irish comedy drama The South Westerlies, New Zealand thriller The Sounds,and Irish comedy Finding Joy (series 2). Returning favorites include award-winning Australian drama Mystery Road (series 2), Irish thriller Blood (series 2), Acorn TV’s first feature film with Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears starring Essie Davis, the #1 UK drama of 2019 Line of Duty (season 6), British school dramedy Ackley Bridge, New Zealand detective drama The Brokenwood Mysteries, French crime drama Balthazar, new episodes of Canadian hit drama Murdoch Mysteries, and acclaimed Swedish noir Rebecka Martinsson.
Acorn TV Press Contacts: Eddie Ward, firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT AMC NETWORKS
Known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on basic cable television for nine consecutive years, as well as Portlandia, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; the subscription streaming services Shudder, Sundance Now; Acorn TV; and UMC (Urban Movie Channel); and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company’s production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com.
ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE INTERNATIONAL
Global distributor Endemol Shine International has a portfolio of over 61,000 hours of owned and third-party programming across scripted and non-scripted genres. The company’s international and diverse drama portfolio includes Broadchurch, Peaky Blinders, Deep Water, The Fall, Humans, Grantchester, Gunpowder, Delicious, The Good Karma Hospital, Harem, La Cathedral del Mar, Tin Star, The Tunnel, Home and Away, A Place to Call Home, Archer, Younger and Bounty Hunters. Global hits include non-scripted superbrands MasterChef, The Block, 24 Hours in A & E, Family Food Fight, Deal or No Deal, LEGO Masters, Ambulance, One Born Every Minute, My Kitchen Rules, Beat Shazam, Britain’s Best Home Cook and Mr Bean. Endemol Shine International has regionally focused distribution hubs in London, Los Angeles, Sydney, Miami, Moscow, Singapore and Mumbai, which serve broadcasters and other platforms in every market. Endemol Shine International is part of Endemol Shine Group. With world-class creative, production, distribution and commercial capabilities, Endemol Shine Group works on a unique local and global axis, comprised of over 120 companies across all the world’s major markets, dedicated to creating content that entertains and enthrals billions of people around the world.
Kudos is one of the world’s leading television production companies. We are a team of individuals – passionate programme makers who specialise in scripted content. We work with the best global talent to create, develop and produce popular, innovative, award- winning drama and comedy series. Recent work includes Responsible Child (BBC2), Deep Water (ITV), Humans (Channel 4 / AMC), Tin Star (Sky Atlantic / Amazon), Grantchester (ITV), The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic), The Boy with the Topknot (BBC Two), Gunpowder (BBC One), Man in an Orange Shirt (BBC Two), Troy: Fall of a City (a co-production with Wild Mercury for BBC One / Netflix), Broadchurch (ITV) and Apple Tree Yard (BBC One). We are also in production on a fifth series of Grantchester, Code 404 (Sky), Two Weeks To Live (Sky), SAS: Rogue Heroes (BBC One) and a US version of hit series Utopia for Amazon. Kudos is part of Endemol Shine Group.