A&E Takes U.S. Rights To Sky’s ‘The Enfield Haunting’, Sets October Premiere

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The Enfield Haunting is crossing the Atlantic.

A+E Networks’ flagship entertainment channel A&E has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to the three-part Sky Living drama starring Timothy Spall (Harry Potter), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) and Juliet Stevenson (The Village) after striking a deal with international distributor Entertainment One. The Enfield Haunting will premiere on A&E on Friday October 9th at 10/9c

Based on Guy Lyon Playfair’s book This House is Haunted, The Enfield Haunting is a supernatural drama based upon real events that took place at an ordinary house in Enfield during the autumn of 1977. The drama draws on extensive documentation, recordings and witness statements of the incident, which remains one of the most documented account of poltergeist activity in British history.

The three-parter was penned by Joshua St. Johnston and produced by fledgling indie Eleven Film, with the company’s Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell serving as the executive producers alongside Sky’s Cameron Roach. “We are very proud of this show and are delighted that American audiences will now have the opportunity to be both entertained and terrified by the world’s most notorious poltergeist”, said Jamie Campbell.

The Enfield Haunting has the distinction of being the latest of Sky’s original series to cross the Atlantic, following in the footsteps of Hit & Miss, which was acquired by DirecTV, and Doll & Em, which was licensed to premium cable network HBO. Other Sky series to have aired in the United States include Sinbad, which aired on Syfy; and Fortitude, which is a co-production with U.S. network Pivot.

Notably, The Enfield Haunting was one of the last original series to be commissioned for and air on Sky Living after Sky recently decided to re-allocate the channel’s commissioning budget between Sky1 and Sky Atlantic and re-focus Living exclusively on U.S. acquisitions. That shift in strategy is already underway, with Mount Pleasant now airing on Sky1, while Sky Living recently struck a deal with WBITD for the first window rights to high-profile NBC drama Blindspot.