DirecTV’s Audience Network Orders First Original Drama Series ‘Rogue’

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As part of their continuing commitment to original programming, DirecTV’s Audience Network has ordered Rogue, their first original drama series, with a 10 episode order. Production is slated to begin on the series in August, with the cable network eyeing a premiere in the summer of 2013.

Rogue was created by Matthew Parkhill and stars Thandie Newton as Grace, a morally and emotionally conflicted cop who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death. Grace’s search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime.

The series is being produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Greenroom Entertainment in association with Momentum Entertainment Group. Executive Producers are Nick Hamm for Greenroom Entertainment, John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg for eOne and Steven Marrs for Momentum Entertainment Group. Series creator Matthew Parkhill will also serve as a writer and supervising producer on the series. eOne is handling international distribution for the series.

The drama series is DirecTV’s first foray into drama commissioning as their previous “original programming” efforts has focused on acquisitions or picking up a show just as it was due to be cancelled by its original network, as DirecTV did with FX’s Damages and NBC’s Friday Night Lights.

Speaking of the series, Chris Long, Senior Vice President of Entertainment and Production for DirecTV, said: “There’s an excitement in the hallways of DirecTV as Rogue will be the first original series on the Audience Network that will be built from the ground up with the specific goal to provide DirecTV customers with a premium entertainment experience can’t get anywhere else. The unique partnership that Patty Ishimoto, Vice President and General Manager of Audience Network, struck with eOne and Greenroom Entertainment and her relationship with Momentum Entertainment has helped realize that goal. Together they bring a wealth of expertise in the areas of production, global distribution, brand integration and sponsorship to our domestic distribution and marketing prowess.”

Nick Hamm of Greenroom Entertainment commented: “Rogue is a powerful drama which represents a new model for the entertainment industry by opening up maximum creative opportunities to assemble a stellar international cast led by Thandie Newton and topline writing and creative talent. Our launch of Rogue in less than a year since I forged a partnership with Momentum Entertainment Group is a testament to      the results-driven team behind this project. We are in the business of making premium contemporary dramas that have mass appeal. I’m thrilled to collaborate on Rogue with such forward thinking partners as DirecTV and eOne who see the potential of this new model to produce scripted television shows of the highest caliber.”

While Michael Rosenberg, Executive Vice President of US Scripted Television for eOne Television, added: “eOne is thrilled to be collaborating with talented and creative executives like Nick and Matthew on Rogue, the natural evolution of our excellent relationship with DirecTV. Adding Thandie Newton to the mix confirms that we have all the right ingredients to make amazing television.”