UKTV’s Drama channel has secured the UK rights to The White Princess – Starz’s limited series follow up to The White Queen – after striking a deal with international distributor Lionsgate Television. Additionally, under this deal, the channel has also acquired The White Queen.
The White Princess was put in development at Starz in 2013; shortly after BBC One cancelled The White Queen, which they co-produced with the premium cable network. After Starz gave the series an official green-light in 2016, the BBC did briefly look at acquiring the new series, but nothing came of it.
“The White Princess is a further example of Lionsgate’s premium programming travelling to leading platforms across the globe”, said Peter Iacono, President, International Television and Digital Distribution for Lionsgate. “We are particularly pleased that UK viewers will have the opportunity to discover this exceptional drama series, set in England, on UKTV.”
From showrunner and writer Emma Frost, The White Princess picks up three days after the conclusion of The White Queen, as a new generation ascends to the throne in a tale of power, political divides, family, love, and betrayal. The drama series, which aired state-side earlier this year, is produced by Company Pictures and Playground and stars Jodie Comer, Michelle Fairley, Essie Davis, Suki Waterhouse, Ned Elliot and Jacob Collins-Levy. The executive producers are Emma Frost, Jamie Payne, Colin Callender, Scott Huff and Michele Buck.
The White Princess marks the third exclusive acquisition for Drama this year, after they previously picked up the UK rights to Kiwi series The Brokenwood Mysteries, and PBS’ period drama Mercy Street. “This gripping series, told from the perspective of three noblewomen waging an ongoing battle for the throne, has a superb cast and fantastic production talent”, said Drama General Manager Adrian Wills. “Its high end production values and incredible storytelling make The White Princess a fantastic addition to Drama’s growing slate of new and exclusive shows.”
Check out Starz’s trailer for The White Princess below: