Humans is going global.
AMC Global has secured exclusive first window television rights to the Channel 4/AMC co-production after striking a deal with international distributor Endemol Shine International, TVWise has learned. The show’s eight episode first season will air across AMC Global’s international footprint beginning in October, with the just ordered second season to follow in 2016.
From Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences. The drama series is produced by Kudos Film & TV and Matador Films, is based on the Scandinavian series Real Humans and stars William Hurt, Rebecca Front, Colin Morgan, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Neil Maskell and Gemma Chan.
Channel 4, who developed and commissioned Humans before AMC came on-board, retains UK rights to the show, meaning AMC Global’s soon to launch UK channel will not air Humans. Additionally, it has been confirmed that the UK channel holds linear rights to martial arts drama Into The Badlands and will air it in 2016, months after it debuts on AMC in the United States. As part of a prior agreement with eOne, Amazon Prime Instant Video UK holds streaming rights, with plans to debut Into The Badlands within 24 hours of the US broadcast.
“AMC Global is delivering audiences around the world a superb line-up of exclusive original dramas anchored by our upcoming worldwide premiere of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’,” said Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC and Sundance Channel Global. “‘Humans’ and ‘Into the Badlands’ offer inspiring storylines with outstanding production values that will transport and captivate viewers. We’re thrilled to continue to showcase the incredible new dramas coming from AMC U.S. with a run of premiere content on our channels worldwide through the end of the year.”