Sky Atlantic has secured the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to David Duchovny’s NBC drama Aquarius after striking a deal with international distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment, TVWise has learned. The show’s 13 episode first season will premiere on the channel on Tuesday August 11th at 9pm.
Created by John McNamara, Aquarius is set in the late 1960s and follows LAPD Sergeant Sam Hodiak (Duchovny), a man with a complicated personal life who starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson. The drama series is produced by ITV Studios America and Stars David Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont, Claire Holt, Michaela McManus and Brian F. O’Byrne. NBC recently ordered a second season.
The acquisition of Aquarius emanates from a larger deal between Sky and ITVSGE, which has seen the satcaster secure exclusive rights to the drama across all of its markets – including the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria. The deal, which marks the first major pan-European content acquisition since Sky assumed control of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland earlier this year, was brokered by Sophie Judge, Acquisitions Manager for Sky Entertainment and ITVSGE’s Jayne Redpath and Andre Renaud.
“I’m thrilled Sky has secured Aquarius for our customers across Europe”, said Gary Davey, Sky’s Managing Director of Content. “With an excellent script and high production values as well as an acclaimed cast, it will make for gripping television. Exclusively on Sky Atlantic, Aquarius further strengthens Sky’s position as the home of quality drama across Europe.”
“Sky’s reputation for broadcasting the best international content makes it the perfect home for Aquarius, a compelling drama which combines intelligent writing, thrilling storyline, the star power of David Duchovny and the iconic fashion and music of the 1960s”, added ITVSGE’s Dan Gopal. “We are delighted that it will launch on Sky Atlantic in the UK during August, while the series continues its run in the US, and we look forward to its forthcoming debut in Sky’s other European territories later this year. It’s great that Sky’s audience will be able to enjoy the show across the full offering of Sky’s linear and on-demand services in each market, whether at home or on the go.”