Channel 5 Acquires Australian Drama ‘Bloom’ For VOD Service My5

Channel 5 has acquired the UK rights to Australian drama series Bloom for their VOD service My5. The six episode drama, which was commissioned by streaming service Stan, is distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television.

Bloom picks up one year after a devastating flood kills five locals in an idyllic country town, a mysterious new plant appears with the power to restore their youth. It’s a gift of power beyond the wildest imagining… a phenomenon so formidable that attempting to harness its potency means re-evaluating everything that’s important. It’s a miracle some will kill to keep secret.

The six episode drama series, which was created by Glen Dolman, is produced by the Sony Pictures Television owned indie Playmaker and stars Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), Bryan Brown (The Light Between Oceans), Phoebe Tonkin (The Affair), Ryan Corr (Hacksaw Ridge), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Sam Reid (Prime Suspect 1973), Genevieve Morris (No Activity), Anne Charleston (Prisoner Cell Block H), Terry Norris (Jack Irish), Amali Golden (The Other Guy), Nicki Sheils (Neighbours), Tessa Rose (Glitch), John Stanton (Beneath Hill 60) and Rod Mullinar (Dead Calm).

This marks the second UK deal for a Playmaker produced drama this year. Sony Pictures Television also recently licensed the company’s Bite Club to UKTV’s Alibi channel, who started airing it in February. This deal for Bloom is part of Channel 5’s strategy to expand My5 from being a simple catch-up service to a VOD player with exclusive titles. To that end, My5 has acquired such efforts as Hulu’s East Los High and a package of dramas from HOT Telecommunication Systems – Israel’s largest multi-channel cable television company.

Check out Stan’s trailer for Bloom below: