5:05pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Epix Nabs 'Deep State,' Starring Mark Strong
Epix has signed up for Deep State, the espionage drama starring Mark Strong.
The already announced series, from Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa, did not have a stateside distributor until now. The initial eight-episode order will kick off June 17 on the MGM-owned cable network.
Other international sales unveiled late in the week by Fox Networks Group Content Distribution include deals with SBS in Australia, NBCUniversal in France, Super Channel in Canada, TVNZ in New Zealand and DRTV in Denmark.
Deep State, written and directed by Rogue creator Matthew Parkhill, is described as a "visceral thriller" about an ex-spy (Strong) whose past catches up with him when he's summoned away from his new life.
The series also stars Alistair Petrie, Joe Dempsie, Karima McAdams and Anastasia Griffith.
"Deep State is a timely, and addictive, thriller that fits perfectly into Epix's growing portfolio of premium original programming," said Epix president Michael Wright. "With Matthew’s smart storytelling, an excellent cast led by Mark Strong and a fantastic production and design team, we’re very excited to bring this quality drama to an American audience.”
The series is produced by Endor, a Red Arrow company, and the Epix deal was negotiated by Fox Networks Group Content Group, which also holds exclusive global distribution rights for the series.
Said Prentiss Fraser, managing director and executive vp of Fox Networks Group Content Distribution: "Fox Europe and Africa has produced a stunning, intriguing and exciting series featuring amazing talent behind and in front of the camera. We are thrilled to be partnering with a raft of A-list platforms around the world, including Epix, the premium pay television channel as our anchor broadcaster in the U.S."