Sky Atlantic today confirmed that they have picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the upcoming HBO comedy series Silicon Valley. The comedy, created by Mike Judge and Alec Berg, debuts state-side this week and will launch on Sky Atlantic this Summer.
Silicon Valley follows Richard (Thomas Middleditch), an introverted computer programmer living in the Hacker Hostel start-up incubator along with his best friend, Big Head (Josh Brener), pompous Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and dry-witted Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani). These social misfits live under the watch of Erlich (T.J. Miller), a self-satisfied dotcom millionaire who lets them stay in his house for free – as long as he gets a ten percent stake in their projects. After a failed pitch to a billionaire venture capitalist, Richard seems destined to remain at his job at the tech company forever. However, when the head of operations realises the value of the site’s compression algorithm, a bidding war erupts leaving Richard caught in the middle.
This is the latest HBO comedy to air on Sky Atlantic and comes to the channel as part of the long-standing output agreement between BSkyB and HBO, which was recently re-upped for a further 5 years with a co-production element on the drama side. Other recent HBO comedies which Sky Atlantic have aired includes Looking and the short-lived Hello Ladies, joining returning series such as Girls and Veep.