The business of keeping pay-TV customers happy is a relatively simple one; have things work, fix them when they don't and make sure there's good stuff to watch. Over the years, Sky have worked tirelessly at all three of those, building the best DVR (Sky+), the best customer service team and one of the finest TV lineups in the world. Whilst the first two of those three are fixed, the third requires almost constant attention from the company. In the last year, we've seen Sky pick up the likes of True Detective Series 2, The Brink, The Muppets and many more in an effort to become the home of some of the best world TV in the UK.
Today, Sky have announced that they've added yet another programme to a rapidly growing list of impressive TV acquisitions - Aquarius. This NBC drama stars X-Files and Californiacation legend David Duchovny as Los Angeles homicide detective Sam Hodiak, circa 1967. It's the height of the 'summer of love' and years before Charles Manson (played here by Gethin Anthony) would notoriously mastermind the horrific Tate-LaBianca murders for which he is now imprisoned. The tale follows the work of Detective Hodiak as he enlists a young detective named Brian Shafe (Grey Damon) to aid his missing persons investigation and to infiltrate the Manson family as they continue to recruit vulnerable young men and women to join their cause. Also starring Inherent Vice's Emma Dumont and The Vampire Diaries' Claire Holt.
The programme is a 13 x 60 minute drama and was acquired for Sky Atlantic UK, Ireland, Austria and Germany by Sophie Judge, Acquisitions Manager, Sky Entertainment, and joins a deal announced earlier this year for Sky Italia to screen the series. It was acquired from Jayne Redpath, SVP Sales for UK/Eire and Pan-Territory and Andre Renaud, Senior Sales Executive for SE EMEA for ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which distributes the show internationally. Aquarius is produced by Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein. Following its first airing on Tuesday 11 August on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Ireland, the drama will broadcast in other Sky territories later in the year.
Gary Davey, Sky’s Managing Director of Content, commented “I’m thrilled Sky has secured Aquarius for our customers across Europe. With an excellent script and high production values as well as an acclaimed cast, it will make for gripping television. Exclusively on Sky Atlantic, Aquarius further strengthens Sky’s position as the home of quality drama across Europe.”
Dan Gopal, EVP EMEA Distribution and Global Digital Partners for ITV Studios Global Entertainment said “Sky’s reputation for broadcasting the best international content makes it the perfect home for Aquarius, a compelling drama which combines intelligent writing, thrilling storyline, the star power of David Duchovny and the iconic fashion and music of the 1960s. We are delighted that it will launch on Sky Atlantic in the UK during August, while the series continues its run in the US, and we look forward to its forthcoming debut in Sky’s other European territories later this year. It’s great that Sky’s audience will be able to enjoy the show across the full offering of Sky’s linear and on-demand services in each market, whether at home or on the go.”
This latest deal just proves that Sky is the place to be this summer, following the news that Sky 1 will be broadcasting a new Richard Hammond programme very soon. All in all, it would appear that Sky aren't taking their foot off the pedal in the war against BT and Virgin Media.
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