‘Rectify’ Season 2 To Premiere June 19

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 9:09am PST

RectifySundance 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 … Read More »

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Sundance Channel To Premiere ‘The Red Road’ Internationally On April 24

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 1:47am PST

sundance logoSundance Channel‘s second original scripted series The Red Road debuts Stateside on February 27. In a move that dovetails with the launch of the Sundance London film and music festival, and as Sundance ups its international … Read More »

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Sundance Channel Rebrands As SundanceTV; Unveils New Logo

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 7:42am PST

SundanceTV LogoBeginning 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. Read More »

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TCA: Sundance’s ‘The Red Road’ Creator Aaron Guzikowski Defends Affability; Star Martin Henderson Defends New Zealand Birthplace

Red Road: Aaron GuzikowskiAaron 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.”

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“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.” Read More »

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TCA: Sundance Channel Picks Up Season 2 Of French Drama ‘The Returned’, Renews ‘Writers’ Room’

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 10:44am PST
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the returnedCanal 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. Read More »

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Sundance Channel’s ‘The Red Road’ Set For February 27 Premiere: Video

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 8:33am PST

sundanceSundance Channel‘s second original scripted series The Red Road will debut at 9 PM on February 27, the channel said today. The six-episode dramatic thriller centers around local sheriff (Martin Henderson) as he struggles to keep his family together … Read More »

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Sundance Channel Greenlights Unscripted Legal Series ‘Loredana, ESQ’

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 8:38am PST

SundanceChannelSundance Channel‘s latest original non-fiction series is Loredana, ESQ, a six-episode hourlong that traces the life of Loredana Nesci, a former LAPD officer-turned-lawyer as she navigates the criminal defense system and grapples with the question: What is legal and … Read More »

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Sundance Channel Developing NRA Drama ‘Cold Dead Hands’

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
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NRA TV Series Sundance ChannelEXCLUSIVE: The nation’s heated debate about guns and the Second Amendment is becoming the subject of a primetime drama series. Sundance Channel has put into development Cold Dead Hands, a family drama set against the … Read More »

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Marco Bresaz Moves From Sundance Channel To AMC As VP Unscripted Programming

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 11:48am PST

Marco BresazIn his new role as VP unscripted programming at AMC, Marco Bresaz will focus on identifying and developing unscripted programming for the network. He will report to Elliot Goldberg, SVP unscripted.

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.
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EOne, Sundance Channel Partner To Adapt ‘Reaching For Heaven’; Israeli Religion-Themed Drama Relocated To Vegas

reaching-for-heaven-originalEXCLUSIVE: 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.” Read More »

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Sundance Channel Launches ‘Rectify’ FYC Campaign With Work Of Incarcerated Artists

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 7:00am PST

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 … Read More »

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Sundance Channel Acquires French Zombie Series ‘The Returned’ For Halloween Debut

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 7:05am PDT
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Sundance Channel has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to the eight-part French supernatural drama The Returned from Music Box Films. The series, created by Fabrice Gobert and distributed by Zodiak Rights, is based on the feature … Read More »

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EOne, AMC Networks Ink Multi-Year International Output Deal For Scripted Series

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 1:17am PDT

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: Read More »

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Stephen Rea, Janet McTeer Among Cast Additions To Mini ‘The Honourable Woman’

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 7:10am PDT
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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). Read More »

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Jason Momoa To Star In Sundance Channel Series ‘The Red Road’

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 11:41am PDT

Jason Momoa, who toplined 2011′s Conan reboot and appeared on HBO’s Game Of Thrones, has been cast in Sundance Channel‘s second original scripted series The Red Road. The … Read More »

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Maggie Gyllenhaal To Topline Sundance Channel Miniseries ‘Honourable Woman’

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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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Julianne Nicholson To Co-Star On Sundance Channel’s Drama Series ‘The Descendants’

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 3:54pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Julianne Nicholson (Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order: CI) has been cast as the female lead in Sundance Channel’s new drama series The Descendants. The project, which has a straight-to-series six-episode order, … Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Holly Hunter

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:09pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV and awards coverage.

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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Bridget Carpenter To Run Sundance Channel’s Drama Series ‘The Descendants’

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 3:57pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Bridget Carpenter has boarded Sundance Channel’s recently greenlighted drama series The Descendants as executive producer and showrunner. On the project, which received a straight-to-series six-episode order, Carpenter will work alongside writer/co-executive producer Aaron … Read More »

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