FX and the BBC Expand Content Partnership

'TABOO' (FX)

Oscar nominee Tom Hardy stars in and co-created this BBC co-produced drama with his father and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight about an adventurer who returns to Britain from Africa, along with a loot of stolen diamonds, to avenge his father's death.

The BBC and FX Networks have expanded their creative partnership.

Under new three-year agreement between the two companies, the BBC has secured the rights to all new scripted FX original series. The deal, which also includes iPlayer rights, marks the first time FX shows will have a primary home in the U.K.

With the partnership, the BBC will have the rights to current series including Ryan Murphy’s Pose, Kurt Sutter’s Mayans M.C. and Pamela Adlon’s Better Things. Among the upcoming shows that the British programmer will also have the rights to: Alex Garland’s Devs, Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows, Cate Blanchett vehicle  Mrs. America and the untitled Fosse-Verdon project starring Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell.

The deal extends the relationship between the BBC and FX, as the two parties currently co-produce Taboo, starring Tom Hardy. In addition, BBC Two has recently shown the latest installment of Murphy’s American Crime Story franchise, The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Other FX series including Feud, Atlanta, Trust and Snowfall have also aired on the channel in the last two years.

“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,” said director of BBC content Charlotte Moore. “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 formalize our relationship in this bold and exciting move.”

Added Gina Brogi, president of global distribution at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution: “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 U.K.”

“We are thrilled to enter this partnership with BBC and their great team with whom we have had such a wonderful relationship,” said Eric Schrier, president of original series at FX Networks and FX Productions. “At FX, as with the BBC, we are dedicated to curating a portfolio of the best programs 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.”

The deal was negotiated with the BBC by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution on behalf of FX Networks.