Electus Sells BBC America, HBO Canada on 'Iron Belly'

The period drama was created by Canadian director Jonathan Sobol and writer Jeremy Boxen and will be co-produced by Darius Films.

BANFF, ALBERTA - Electus and Canadian partner Darius Films have sold BBC America and HBO Canada on the period drama Iron Belly.

Ben Silverman's studio will produce the 19th-century scripted series about a floating prison sailing from Ireland to Australia, with Toronto-based Darius co-producing.

BBC America and HBO Canada ordered a script with an eye to an eventual commission.

"We are thrilled to work with Darius Films, BBC America and HBO Canada to bring Iron Belly to audiences around the world as the show's unique mix of history, action and drama, will resonate brilliantly with global viewers," said John Pollak, president of Electus International, in a statement.

Iron Belly is executive produced by Pollak, Electus CEO Chris Grant, and Nicholas Tabarrok of Darius Films.

Canadian director Jonathan Sobol (The Art of the Steal) created the series along with writer Jeremy Boxen (Lost Girl).

Both Sobol and Boxen are represented by Jeff Alpern of the Alpern Group.