Sky Vision – the international distribution arm of sat-caster BSkyB – has lined up a new US co-producer for Sky Atlantic’s upcoming 12 episode drama Fortitude.
Participant Media’s Pivot network has come on board the drama and will now co-produce the series alongside Tiger Aspect Productions’ Fifty Fathoms Label. Pivot replaces former US co-producer Starz, who backed out of the project late last year. The 12 episode series, described by Sky as their most ambitious project to date, is set to air on Pivot in 2015.
Created by Simon Donald, Fortitude tells the story of a mysterious death in a close-knit community in the Arctic Circle. The town of Fortitude was thought to be one of the safest in the world, but the murder threatens the future of the town itself. The local Sheriff Dan Anderssen pairs up with DCI Morton to investigate the violent crime, but neither trusts the other, complicating the investigation.
The series, part of Sky’s pledge to invest £600 million per year in original commissions by 2014, features an impressive cast which includes Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife), Luke Treadaway (Clash of the Titans), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy) and Johnny Harris (This is England). The executive producers are Patrick Spence, Frith Tiplady and Andrew Woodhead (Spooks).
“We are pleased to join forces with Sky Vision and Fifty Fathoms in bringing this enormously thrilling series to US audiences”, said Evan Shapiro, President of Pivot. “A thriller with an eco-twist, Fortitude is storytelling at is finest with some of the industry’s best writers, producers and talent at the helm making it the perfect first dramatic series for Pivot.”
While Jane Millichip, Managing Director of Sky Vision, added: “Pivot’s commitment to Fortitude, both in marketing and scheduling terms is impressive, and we are thrilled to welcome them on board. This series from Fifty Fathoms exudes quality and scale, and – importantly for the international market – it is produced in volume, a rare commodity in British drama. This further underlines our commitment to bringing great Sky content to a wider global audience.”