FOX NETWORKS GROUP CONTENT DISTRIBUTION LAUNCHES MIPTV SLATE, FEATURING WINNING DRAMAS, HIGH-END FACTUAL AND LEADING ON AND OFF-SCREEN TALENT
LONDON, March 22nd, 2017 – FOX Networks Group Content Distribution (FNGCD) is pleased to announce that it will launching nearly 2000 new hours of content to buyers at MIPTV 2017, including Legion, the big new FX and Marvel supernatural drama series; landmark National Geographic factual series ORIGINS: The Journey of Humankind; second seasons of hit series Outcast and Story of God with Morgan Freeman, plus a raft of ratings-winning local language content from its partners around the world.
Legion (8 x 60), a brilliant new take on the superhero genre, is based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz and spearheads FNGCD’s new drama slate at the market. The series has been brought to the screen by Noah Hawley (Fargo), and stars Dan Stevens (Beauty & the Beast, Downton Abbey) and Rachel Keller (Fargo). Legion which has won terrific ratings since premiering in February and has been praised in the media for its totally original look and feel, has just been re-commissioned. A second 10 x 60 season of Outcast, a suspense drama about possession, will also be launched in Cannes. Created by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), it sees Patrick Fugit and Philip Glenister reprise their roles from season one, with new characters arriving in the town of Rome, played by C Thomas Howell (Criminal Minds) and Hoon Lee (Banshee).
FOX Networks Group Content Distribution has had notable success over the past few years with its growing catalogue of Turkish dramas and will be bringing six new series to MIPTV this April – each already a hit in Turkey. These include romantic drama Lodestar (Çoban Yildizi) 38 x 60, which premiered as this season’s highest-rating original drama; Second Chance (Kalbimdeki Deniz) 117 x 60, about a woman who hits rock bottom and fights back and Never Lose Hope (Umuda Kelepçe Vurulmaz) 48 x 60, focused on a group of teens in prison. Both the latter two are the number one series in their respective day slots. Last but not least there is Forever Bound (Dayan Yüreğim) 38 x 60, about a woman faced with the dilemma of seeking either happiness or justice: the audience for this big new series is growing rapidly with every episode. In addition, there are new episodes for popular returning series such as That is My Life (O Hayat Benim) – now in its fourth season, with more than 400 episodes - and No. 309.
From Latin America, FNGCD will be launching Call Me Bruna (Llámame Bruna) 8 x 60 – Brazil’s hit drama based on the true story of a young girl who eschews her middle-class life for the world of prostitution; 2091 (11 x 60 + 1 x 120), a big budget, ratings-grabbing, futuristic drama (and Latin America’s first original sci-fi show), set in a world where gaming has been banned, and Home Grown (Prata da Casa) a 14 x 30 sitcom about a former Olympic athlete, now out of work and forced to live back home with his troublesome parents.
ORIGINS: The Journey of Humankind (8 x 60) travels back in time across the entire sweep of human history on quest to discover the ‘Origin’ moments that have made us modern. Produced by Asylum Entertainment and Melodysheep for National Geographic, it explores quantum leaps in areas such as transportation and communications, with world-class thinker Jason Silva as its guide. Water & Power: A California Heist (1x90/1 x 60) is an alarming new feature documentary that uncovers the ruthless exploits of California’s notorious water barons. Chosen for competition at this year’s Sundance Festival and produced by Emmy-winner Marina Zenovich and Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, it has also spawned a 3 x 60 series Parched, which looks at the true stories behind water supplies around the world. Oscar-winner James Cameron worked with three-time Emmy award-winner Simcha Jacobovici to produce Atlantis Rising (1 x 120), a high-end investigative archaeology special that goes in search of Atlantis, while Oscar and Emmy winners were also at the helm of LA '92 (1 x 120), an immersive and visceral film about the infamous Rodney King incident and its aftermath, which included the worst riots in US history. Executive producers on this very relevant documentary are TJ Martin and Daniel Lindsay – Oscar-winning directors of Undefeated and Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, the Oscar and Emmy-winning producers of Searching for Sugarman, Man on Wire and 30 Days.
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (1 x 120) – from Katie Couric Media, World of Wonder and National Geographic Studios - taps into the current interest in gender and transgender issues and sees the broadcasting legend talk with scientists, psychologists, surgeons, activists and individuals themselves to learn more about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity. Bare Knuckle Fight Club (3 x 60/1 x 60), from FX Productions and Lightbox Media for Channel 4, dives deep into the underground world of bare knuckle fighting, while Lawless Oceans (6 x 60) from Wall to Wall follows maritime special investigator Karsten von Hoesslin as he tries to solve a murder on the high seas. Story of God with Morgan Freeman was National Geographic’s biggest non-scripted show in 15 years when it launched in 2016. Now it’s back with three new hours, whereby Freeman travels the globe to try and understand the connections and common ground between the world’s major religions. Also back for a second season is Breakthrough (6 x 60), Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s acclaimed series following scientists working on major breakthroughs for cutting-edge projects. This series runs the gamut of new research from re-engineering immune cells to cyber attacks and the Darknet.
Finally, FNGCD is delighted to announce that hot on the heels of School for Husbands, School for In-Laws will be launching in Cannes. This funny and emotional spin-off format turns the focus on mothers-in-law who meddle in the lives of their children and their spouses, and sends them back to school to partake in a variety of exercises and tests, all designed to aid family harmony.
Connie Hodson, FOX Networks Group Content Distribution’s VP content and marketing comments: “While we have a fantastic range of titles launching in Cannes this MIPTV, the most exciting thing for us as distributors is the wealth of talent attached to our key shows as it really endorses their quality. Noah Hawley, the showrunner on Legion is at the top of his game; Morgan Freeman and Katie Couric bring extra credibility and sensitivity to challenging topics; and with Oscar-winning producers such as James Cameron and Simon and Jonathan Chinn behind two of our feature-length documentaries, buyers will know to expect beautiful looking films with compelling stories.
“The other area that sets our slate apart is the growing volume of local language content. In addition to Turkish and Spanish language drama we have numerous new factual shows produced in languages such as French and Spanish, which proves of huge benefit to buyers who can license and schedule programming quickly, without incurring the costs, or time delays, to get programming dubbed or sub-titled. In addition, through the Fox and National Geographic international networks, we can also readily make programming available in 39 different languages.”
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