MIPTV: Ovation TV Takes U.S. Rights to British Drama 'The Halcyon'

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In a separate deal with Sony Pictures Television, the net also picked up Canadian World War II spy series 'X Company.'

Ovation TV has snatched up U.S. rights to The Halcyon, the latest British period drama from Left Bank Pictures, producers of Netflix's Golden Globe-winning series The Crown.

Ovation plans to premiere The Halcyon in the U.S. this fall. The series is set during the 1940s at a glamorous five-star hotel at the center of London high society and caught up in a world at war. Described as akin to Downton Abbey, the show stars Steven Mackintosh (Luther), Olivia Williams (Anna Karenina) and Hermione Corfield (Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur).

In a separate deal, Ovation also secured premiere rights in the U.S. for Canadian WWII spy series X Company. Produced by Toronto’s Temple Street Productions and Budapest-based Pioneer Stillking Films for the CBC in Canada, X Company centers on five young recruits — Canadian, American and British — taken to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility before parachuting behind enemy lines.

Jack Laskey (Hatfields & McCoys), Evelyne Brochu (Orphan Black) and Warren Brown (Luther) star. Ovation is planning a 2018 premiere for the series in the U.S..

The network picked up both shows from Sony Pictures Television, which is handling international distribution.