Tricon Films & Television has signed a deal with AMC Studios which will see the Canadian distributor handle global sales for WE tv’s first original series The Divide, which was originally developed for sister network AMC and was picked up to series at WE tv in July with a 10 episode order.
The deal extends Tricon’s existing relationship with AMC Networks as the company already handles global distribution for IFC’s original programming. In addition, it has also been announced that Sundance Channel Global, the international arm of AMC Networks, will be airing the 10 episode first season of The Divide in select international markets.
“Tricon is a thoughtful and experienced distributor with a clear record of success and a passion for the material that made them the perfect partners for this very special property from these acclaimed storytellers,” said Marci Wiseman, Head of Business Affairs for AMC Studios.
While Jon Rutherford, Senior Vice-President of Distribution & Business Development for Tricon Films & Television, added: “We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with AMC Networks, following the success of our worldwide representation of the IFC brand. The Divide is just another example of AMC’s commitment to superior storytelling and quality execution, and we look forward to unveiling it to the international market.”
Created by Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn, The Divide is described as an exploration of personal morality and how all people – especially ambitious people – struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a simple, ordered moral universe. The show probes how truth coexists in the modern justice system alongside ambition, ethics, politics and race. As an impassioned case worker with The Innocence Initiative, Christine Rosa delves into the case of a death-row inmate she believes was wrongly convicted of a young family’s heinous murder 11 years earlier. She chases down new evidence in a search for the truth and confronts an equally passionate district attorney, Adam Page, whose view of justice is colored by shades of grey. Throughout the journey, Christine and Adam’s pasts resurface as they are faced with the question of one man’s guilt or innocence intertwined with their own personal histories. The series is being produced by AMC Studios and stars Marin Ireland, Damon Gupton, Joe Anderson, Aunjanue Ellis, Clarke Peters and Paul Schneider. The executive producers are John Tinker, Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn.