Warner Bros. Boards BBC One’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ As Global Distributor

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Warner Bros. Entertainment will handle global sales – through its distribution arm Warner Bros. International Television Distribution – for BBC One’s upcoming drama series The Casual Vacancy, which is based on the J.K. Rowling novel of the same name.

The announcement was made today by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment, and J.K. Rowling in which the pair also announced a new feature film set in the Harry Potter universe based on the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This new feature will mark Rowling’s debut as a screenwriter and is being eyed as the first in a potential new series of feature films.

Rowling’s first novel outside of the world of Harry Potter, The Casual Vacancy is set in Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems. The executive producers are Neil Blair of The Blair Partnership, who represent Rowling; Rick Senat and Paul Trijbits. Production on the series is expected to commence in 2014.