Channel 4 has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to CBS’ drama series Hostages and The CW’s The 100 and The Tomorrow People. Hostages will air on Channel 4 in early 2014, while both The 100 and The Tomorrow People will air on E4.
Created by Jason Rothenberg, The 100 is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The drama is produced by Warner Bros. Television & Alloy Entertainment and stars Eliza Taylor, Isaiah Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Marie Avgeropoulos, Paige Turco, Kelly Hu, Christopher Larkin and Thomas McDonell. The pilot was directed by Bahrat Nalluri, with Rothenberg, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo serving as executive producers.
Created by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Hostages is based on an Israeli format and follows a surgeon who is selected to operate on the President of the United States. When her family is kidnapped, however, she finds herself in the middle of a political conspiracy and must do everything she can to save their lives. The drama is produced by Warner Bros. Television & Bruckheimer Television and stars Toni Collette, Tate Donovan, Dylan McDermott, Quinn Shephard, Sandrine Holt, Billy Brown, Mateus Ward, Rhys Coiro and James Naughton. The pilot was directed by Nachmanoff, with Jerry Bruckheimer, Nachmanoff, Chayim Sharir, Jonathan Littman, Rotem Shamir and Omri Givon serving as executive producers.
Based on the British series of the same name, The Tomorrow People tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil. The drama is produced by Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Television & FreemantleMedia and stars Robbie Amell, Madeleine Mantock, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell, Mark Pellegrino and Aaron Yoo. The pilot was directed by Danny Cannon, with Julie Plec, Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer and Cannon serving as executive producers.
Speaking of this deal with Channel 4, Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President of Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, said: “These three series were incredibly well-received and sought after at the LA Screenings and we are pleased that they ultimately landed at Channel 4 and E4.
While Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt, added; “Channel 4 has had real success with Warner Bros. shows such as The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls so I’m thrilled to be bringing more of the best acquisitions to the Channel 4 network.”
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