BSkyB Inks Three Season Deal to Bring 'Revolution' to U.K.
LONDON – The J.J. Abrams exec produced action-adventure show Revolution is to hit British TV screens in 2013.
U.K. pay TV satellite broadcaster BSkyB inked an exclusive three-season rights deal to air the show on British screens with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
The deal was unveiled Wednesday (Dec. 12) by Sky controller of acquisitions Sarah Wright and Warner Bros. International Television president Jeffrey R. Schlesinger.
The show currently airs on NBC in the U.S., ranking as the #1 new series of the 2012-13 season. Revolution can also lay claim to being the most successful scripted launch in over three years with 13.3 million total viewers.
Sky says the pickup "will build upon Sky1 HD’s tradition of securing compelling U.S. scripted series," putting it alongside the channel's previous acquisition of Arrow, the channel's most successful U.S. drama to date.
Revolution is an epic adventure-thriller from Supernatural's Eric Kripke and Abrams' Bad Robot Productions. The first episode begins with a family struggling to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology has mysteriously blacked out. It stars Tracy Spiridakos and Graham Rogers and is exec produced by Abrams, Bryan Burk and Kripke.
Said Wright: "We're thrilled to be partnering with Warner Bros. on this latest project from J.J. Abrams. Our customers have always had a strong connection with J.J. Abrams' event series and we're confident that Revolution will prove to be a monster hit with them, following its record-breaking debut in the U.S."
Schlesinger added that because of its ratings success, "there has been enormous interest in bringing the series to U.K. audiences." The deal was negotiated by Wright and Lucy Criddle, senior acquisitions manager at Sky Entertainment.
The series is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television.