FOX UK Acquires Donald Glover’s FX Comedy Series ‘Atlanta’

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Donald Glover’s new comedy series has found a UK home.

FOX has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the former Community star’s FX series Atlanta after striking a deal with sister company Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, TVWise has learned. The ten episode first season of Atlanta is set to premiere on FOX UK in November.

Atlanta follows two cousins as they work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. The comedy series is produced by FX Productions and stars Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz. Glover created Atlanta and serves as Executive Producer alongside Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle of MGMT Entertainment.

FOX UK has been making a push to increase their footprint in the comedy space, after focussing, almost exclusively, on drama since the channel launched more than a decade ago. Atlanta continues with said push and is the latest U.S. comedy series acquired by the channel in recent years, following in the footsteps of Men At WorkEastbound & DownAmerican DadLouie and Maron. The channel is also the home to Adult Swim’s catalogue of programming.

This is one of the very few deals that have been closed since the recent LA Screenings, where Atlanta and numerous other upcoming US scripted series were pitched to UK buyers. Other such deals that have been concluded since late May have seen Netflix take global rights to Star Trek:Discovery and Amazon Prime Video acquire Starz’s American Gods. ITV has also inked an agreement for Fox’s Lethal Weapon, with plans to air it on the main channel.