DIRECTV Announces Start of Production on “Rogue” Starring Thandie Newton and Marton Csokas
Produced by Entertainment One (ENTMF.PK) and Greenroom Entertainment, Series to Air on DIRECTVs Audience Network Summer 2013
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DIRECTV, in association with Entertainment One (eOne) and Greenroom Entertainment, announced today that on August 22 production will commence in Vancouver on 10 episodes of the suspense-drama ROGUE, starring Thandie Newton (Mission Impossible 2, Crash) and Marton Csokas (The Debt, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring). The series will air on DIRECTVs Audience Network next summer 2013.
ROGUE revolves around Grace (Newton), a morally and emotionally conflicted undercover detective who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her sons death. Graces search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with Jimmy (Csokas), the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime. A smart, complex, character-led thriller, the show explores loss, grief, identity, family bonds, second chances and redemption. Both Grace and Jimmy not only struggle with who they are, they also struggle with who they want to be. Both cross the line morally, emotionally, sexually with devastating consequences for their own lives and those around them.
DIRECTV expands on its commitment to offer quality, exclusive programming to its customers after establishing great success in providing a home and new creative life to Emmy-winning series such as Damages and Friday Night Lights, and exclusive, first-run series like Hit & Miss, Underbelly and The Slap.
A Canada-UK coproduction, ROGUE is executive produced by renowned UK producer/director Nick Hamm for Greenroom Entertainment; John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg for eOne; and Steven Marrs from Momentum Entertainment Group, who also helped broker the deal with DIRECTV. Series creator Matthew Parkhill (The Caller) also serves as writer and supervising producer.
In addition to Newton and Csokas, the cast includes Ian Hart (Luck), Claudia Ferri (The Killing), Joshua Sasse (Frankensteins Army, The Big I am), Jonathan Holmes, Sarah Jeffrey, Ian Tracey (Intelligence, Hell on Wheels), Jarod Joseph (Fringe), Matthew Beard (And When Did You Last See Your Father, An Education), and Martin Donovan (Simple Men, Weeds). Brian Kirk (Luck, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire) directs the first episode.
eOne handles worldwide distribution.
About Audience Network:
The Audience Network is a unique and exclusive television experience available only to DIRECTV subscribers. The channel first made its mark in 2008 (as The 101 Network) by partnering with NBC to produce and air three additional seasons of the Emmy Award-winning series Friday Night Lights and, more recently, became the exclusive home of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning drama Damages, starring Glenn Close. The network has become the premier destination for smart, innovative and critically acclaimed TV fare as we search the globe for the best new series such as Hit & Miss (United Kingdom), Rake (Australia), Call Me Fitz and Less Than Kind (Canada). The Dan Patrick Show, and its companion series The Box Score, keep sports fans up to date with the latest sports talk. Viewers also enjoy the Guitar Center Sessions series and major events such as the annual DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. For more info, please visit www.directv.com/audience.
DIRECTV is one of the worlds leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry-leading customer service to 32 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its 19.9 million customers access to more than 170 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET", Emmy-award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 11 years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay-TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to 12 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include three Regional Sports Networks (Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as a 60 percent interest in Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit www.directv.com.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international
entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production
and distribution of film and television content. The companys
comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the
U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia,
New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and
Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film
distribution, television and music production, family programming and
merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited
across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and
television titles, 2,500 hours of television programming and 45,000
About Momentum Entertainment Group
Momentum Entertainment Group (MEG) is the entertainment division of Momentum Worldwide and part of the McCannWorldGroup Companies (NYSE:IPG). Opening its doors June 2011, MEG has hit the ground running with projects in production and development in both scripted, drama and comedy as well as digital content and alternative programming. Led by President Steven Marrs, and Head of Scripted Entertainment Nick Hamm, MEG is capitalizing on the vast array of existing marketing expertise within the McCannWorldGroup of companies. As a result it has forged ties with the Hollywood creative communities and helped produced high-quality content and productions. It connects talent, brands, and ideas with distributors to create world-class entertainment properties.
About Greenroom Entertainment
Helmed by BAFTA award-winning Director and Executive Producer Nick Hamm, Greenroom produces content across a range of genres and platforms including Hamms latest directorial feature film KILLING BONO. The hit 2011 comedy was released in the UK by Paramount Pictures and amassed critical success locally and internationally. In 2009, Greenroom produced FRESH!, a ground-breaking sitcom that marked the first comedy series for the BBCs online platform, BBC Switch, and was then commissioned as a seven-part television series entitled Off The Hook for the BBC. Hamms recent appointment as Head of Scripted at the newly formed Momentum Entertainment Group in Los Angeles combined with worldwide partnerships spanning the UK, France and Italy, empowers Greenroom Entertainment to produce the highest-quality international programming that challenges a global audience.
Cara Brugnoli, 212-205-0887
Source: DIRECTVCopyright Business Wire 2012