AMC Global has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to The Terror, the ten episode anthology drama based on the novel by Dan Simmons that was recently green-lit by the US AMC network, after striking a deal with sister company AMC Studios, TVWise has learned.
The Terror is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crew in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival. The series was developed for television by David Kajganich, who serves as co-showrunner alongside Soo Hugh. AMC Studios, Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360 are producing. The executive producers are Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert and Guymon Casady.
The acquisition of The Terror is part of a wider deal on the part of AMC Global – the AMC branded channel that is available in more than 120 countries – which will see them air the series in numerous markets across Europe and Latin America. The show’s ten episode first season is set to enter production later this year for a 2017 premiere on the US AMC network. AMC Global is planning a day-and-date release for The Terror in all territories where they hold rights, including the UK.
“We’re very excited to bring this gripping dramatic story to AMC Global audiences exclusively next year within minutes of the AMC U.S. premiere”, said Harold Gronenthal, Executive Vice-President of Programming and Operations for AMC and Sundance Channel Global. “With a distinctive combination of science fiction and historical non-fiction, ‘The Terror’ will complement the outstanding line-up of original series on AMC Global such as ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and ‘Into the Badlands.’”
The Terror represents the latest first run acquisition for the UK channel, available exclusively on BT TV, as AMC Global looks to cement their position as a buyer of premium U.S. content on this side of the pond. It joins a line-up of exclusive acqusitions that also includes The Walking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead, the short-lived WGN America series Manhattan and David Schwimmer drama Feed The Beast. They also hold second window rights to Into The Badlands, following Amazon UK’s 12 month exclusive window.