Sundance Channel‘s drama Rectify will return for its season season on Thursday, June 19 at 9 PM. The first season of the network’s first original scripted series followed one week in the life of a man (Aden Young) after …
Beginning in February, Sundance Channel will be known as SundanceTV, leading up to the premiere of the network’s newest original scripted series The Red Road. The rebrand supports Sundance’s commitment to creating fresh and daring original programming, Sundance Channel said today in a statement. The new design will feature a streamlined logo in a modern sans serif font and neutral palette. Additionally, the network is introducing a new website, www.sundance.tv.
TCA: Sundance’s ‘The Red Road’ Creator Aaron Guzikowski Defends Affability; Star Martin Henderson Defends New Zealand Birthplace
Aaron Guzikowski is probably used to critics wondering “what kind of sick, twisted mind” (LAT) could dream up his dark, psychological thrillers, like Prisoners and Sundance’s new drama series The Red Road.
“You’re an affable guy” one TV critic noted with surprise this morning Guzikowski came to Winter TV Press Tour 2014 to talk about the Sundance project debuting February 27. The critic wondered how such an affable guy could “relish your darker side” and asked him to speak about this “passion.”
“For darkness? I came from a pretty happy upbringing, but my mother was obsessed with horror novels and my father with science fiction,” he responded, affably. “Horror and darkness always felt comfortable to me — an escape from the banalities of things that drag me down. There’s something kind of beautiful about it.”
Canal Plus’s The Returned (Les Revenants) is probably the hottest global drama format at the moment. The stylish zombie series, a breakout hit in France and number of international territories, just won an International Emmy for Best Drama series and has a high-profile remake in the works at A&E with Carlton Cuse. Now Sundance Channel, which had acquired the first eight-episode season of the series, launching it this past Halloween, has picked up The Returned‘s upcoming second season, which is about to go into production, in a deal with Zodiak Rights. It will debut in the US in late 2014. “The Returned has proven to be an incredible addition to our slate,” said Sundance president Sarah Barnett. “We were delighted with the overwhelming critical and fan response to the series and we expect that season two will continue to seduce and chill audiences.” Created by Fabrice Gobert, Les Revenants was inspired by the 2004 feature film by the same name directed by Robin Campillo. It is set in an idyllic French mountain town where a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes without realizing that they have been dead for several years. ABC’s similarly themed drama Resurrection premieres on March 9.
Bresaz comes to AMC from its sister network Sundance Channel where he served as VP of original programming and development. At Sundance Channel, Bresaz developed and oversaw the hit series Push Girls, and also guided development and production of the first seasons of Dream School and The Writers’ Room. Prior to joining the network in 2010, Bresaz held senior programming and development positions at TV Land, Spike TV and ABC Daytime, where he served as a production executive on both One Life To Live and All My Children.
EOne, Sundance Channel Partner To Adapt ‘Reaching For Heaven’; Israeli Religion-Themed Drama Relocated To Vegas
EXCLUSIVE: Last month, I reported that Entertainment One Television had picked up the format rights to Israeli drama Reaching For Heaven from Tal Shaked and Einat Shamier’s local outfit A-Cappella. EOne has now partnered with Sundance Channel to co-develop the series based on the format that was originally created by Norma Productions’ Assaf Amir. The U.S. version of the show about what happens to a marriage and family when one parent suddenly becomes religious, will be written by Mike Seid, who will transfer the story to Las Vegas. The original Reaching For Heaven was based on Ora Morag’s novel One Hundred New Apples. It followed a secular Israeli family whose patriarch turns to ultra-Orthodox Judaism. All members of the family do their best to preserve unity, but none are willing to join the father on his new journey to a religious life. The series ran locally for two seasons on Keshet.
EOne EVP of global productions Carrie Stein tells me that Seid, a modern orthodox Jew living in LA, pitched the transfer to Vegas and eOne was hooked. “His position was that it doesn’t really matter if you’re exploring” any religion, “it’s the premise of somebody breaking the marriage and family contract.”
EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Channel has recruited some unusual contributors for the awards campaign in support of its original series Rectify. Works of incarcerated artists are included in The Rectify Project: Visions from Inside via the Safe Streets Arts Foundation, part of the nonprofit Prisons Foundation which publishes …
The deal with eOne is AMC and Sundance Channel’s first exclusive international output partnership for scripted content. The parties already have a relationship with eOne the studio and international distributor behind AMC’s Hell On Wheels, and along with Fox International Channels, it’s the international distributor on The Walking Dead. The first series eOne will distribute internationally under the new pact are Halt & Catch Fire, a 1980s-set drama about the personal computing boom with Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis; Turn, a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington Spies and starring Jamie Bell; and The Red Road, about a local cop (Martin Henderson) struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities. Click over for details:
Sundance Channel has assembled the international cast of its eight-part miniseries The Honourable Woman starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and directed by Hugo Blick. Joining Gyllenhaal is Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line) as Hugh Hayden-Hoyle — a top MI6 spy on the verge of retirement, digging deep into the family of Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal). His bitter ex-wife Anjelica is played by Lindsay Duncan (The Hollow Crown). Janet McTeer (Damages) plays the Head of MI6 Julia Walsh, who has a personal hold over Hayden-Hoyle (Rea).
Sundance Channel has picked up The Honourable Woman, a miniseries to star Maggie Gyllenhaal. The eight-part mini, originally commissioned by U.K.’s BBC Two last year, will be done as a co-production with BBC Worldwide, North America. Written and directed by BAFTA winner Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line), Honourable Woman is described as a fast-paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop that carries Blick’s distinctive rhythmic style and vision. It centers on Nessa Stein’s (Gyllenhaal) whose father was a Zionist arms procurer, and as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. As an adult, inheriting her father’s company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Her sudden appointment to the House of Lords, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom.
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By her own admission, Holly Hunter has never been a traditional star. For one thing, she never tried to cash in on her fame and cache’ by forming her own production company and becoming a creator. That was true even after she earned her first of five Oscar nominations for Broadcast News in 1988, or after winning one for The Piano in 1994. Hunter has also atypically found comfort in shifting between leading lady and character actress, as well as between film and television. In fact, the same year she shot The Piano (1993), she was starring as the lead in HBO’s The Positively True Adventures Of The Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. That role earned Hunter her second of two Emmy wins, the first having come in 1989 for her work in the NBC telepic Roe vs. Wade.
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