FOX UK has closed a deal with Disney Media Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Marvel’s Agent Carter. The show’s 8 episode first season is set to premiere on FOX UK this July.
Marvel’s Agent Carter is set in New York in 1946 and follows Agent Carter, the character from Captain America and Captain America: Winter Solider, as she undertakes missions for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) at the behest of Howard Stark in New York. The Marvel and ABC Studios produced series stars Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, Dominic Cooper and Shea Whigham.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter is blockbuster Hollywood entertainment at its best”, said Jeff Ford, Managing Director of Fox International Channels UK. “With high production values and a stellar UK and international cast, the series is the perfect addition to FOX UK’s summer line up, continuing the channel’s commitment to bring exclusive, original and breakthrough series to a UK audience.”
Agent Carter was arguably the most high-profile show of the 2014-2015 season that was not immediately snapped up after the 2014 LA Screenings. TVWise revealed last week that, after C4 passed on acquiring the show last year, sources at DMD were confident that they were close to reaching a deal with a UK broadcaster for the show, adding that the buyer would “surprise” industry observers. It is understood that FOX UK’s deal with Disney is a multi-year agreement which covers the show’s second season.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter is another great example of gripping storytelling from ABC Studios, so we’re delighted that it has found a home in the UK on FOX”, added Dayna Donaldson, Disney Media Distribution’s GM for the UK and Ireland. “We’re sure that the compelling, fast-paced and mysterious storylines will keep UK viewers on the edge of their seats this summer.”
Marvel’s Agent Carter is an interesting acquisition for FOX UK as it stands in stark contrast to some of the “darker” titles on the channel’s slate of first run series such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. The series will feature on FOX UK’s summer schedule alongside the second season of Murder In The First and the fifth and final season of TNT’s sci-fi series Falling Skies.