BBC, FX expand content partnership
October 31, 2018
The BBC has entered a creative partnership with FX Networks, with the BBC securing the rights to all new scripted (comedy and drama) FX original series. The deal was negotiated with the BBC by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution on behalf of FX Networks. This is the first time FX original series will have a primary home in the UK. This partnership extends the relationship between the BBC and FX.
“The BBC has a proud tradition of bringing audiences the very best shows from around the world, and this exciting new partnership with FX builds on our strong existing relationship,” commented Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content. “Their incredible range of first class drama and comedy series will be great for our channels and I’m delighted to be forging closer ties with FX and to formalise our relationship in this bold and exciting move.”
“The BBC has been an incredible partner for us at FX Networks and TCFTVD and this new deal only strengthens our longstanding relationship as we look to bring quality programming to audiences in the UK,” added Gina Brogi, President of Global Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.
“We are thrilled to enter this partnership with BBC and their great team with whom we have had such a wonderful relationship,” declared Eric Schrier, President of Original Series, FX Networks and FX Productions. “At FX, as with the BBC, we are dedicated to curating a portfolio of the best programmes television has to offer and working with producers who tell stories that not only entertain, but illuminate the human condition. We are grateful to the BBC for their recognition of the quality of FX programs and to our colleagues at TCFTVD for their support.”
In addition to the current licensed series, upcoming new FX series – several which will be shot in the UK – will be coming to BBC including Pose, the acclaimed drama from Ryan Murphy; Mayans M.C., Kurt Sutter’s new drama series is the follow-up series to his hit drama Sons Of Anarchy; Untitled Fosse-Verdon project – FX’s limited series on the story of legendary director, choreographer, and dancer Bob Fosse and his unsung key collaborator and wife, the Broadway actor, dancer and singer Gwen Verdon; Devs – An eight-episode, multi-dimensional tech thriller comes from British producer, writer and director Alex Garland, who wrote, produced and directed the acclaimed feature films Ex Machina and Annihilation; What We Do In The Shadows – From executive producers Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Paul Simms (Atlanta) with Academy award-winner Scott Rudin; Better Things – Created, written by and starring two-time Emmy nominee Pamela Adlon; Mrs. America – Two-time Academy award and Golden Globe award-winning actor Cate Blanchett has signed on to star in Mrs. America, a new limited series ordered by FX.
In addition to aforementioned programmes, FX will announce a number of new prestige projects in the coming months that will be included in this deal.