Universal Channel Acquires Frank Spotnitz’s Hostage Crisis Drama Series ‘Ransom’

Ransom is crossing the Atlantic.

The hostage crisis series from former The X-Files writer and executive producer Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola, which airs state-side on CBS, has been acquired for UK broadcast by Universal Channel, TVWise has learned.

Ransom, which Universal landed despite keen interest from other prominent UK buyers, is distributed internationally by Entertainment One (eOne). It is set to be a key part of Universal Channel’s summer schedule; which also includes new Hugh Laurie drama ChanceBates MotelMr RobotChicago Justice and the final season of Royal Pains.

Co-commissioned by TF1 in France and Corus Global in Canada, Ransom follows crisis/hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont, whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence, even when confronted by some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. While Eric’s considerable powers of manipulation make him the best at what he does professionally, they often complicate his relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

The series, which has yet to be officially renewed for a second season by the original commissioning partners, was created by Spotnitz and Vainola and is inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished negotiator Laurent Combalbert and his partner Marwan Mery, who are considered to be among the top crisis negotiators in the world. Ransom is produced by Big Light Productions, Entertainment One (eOne). Sienna Films and Wildcats Productions and stars Luke Roberts (Game Of Thrones), Brandon Jay McLaren (Falling Skies), Nazneen Contractor (Chicago PD) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful).