Hollywood legend Michael Douglas among high profile producers and writers who presented new titles to Club members
Atrium TV, the innovative drama “commissioning club”, today reveals that it has presented members with its second slate of impactful new drama titles.
The four high-end scripted projects – all currently in advanced development – were pitched in LA to representatives from the entire membership. Some of the industry’s biggest names were on hand to present their projects and take questions: among those bringing these new projects to life were writers David Simon (The Wire, The Deuce), Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Chuck) and Michael Hirst (Vikings, The Tudors), as well as writer/producer Peter Horton (American Odyssey, Grey’s Anatomy, New Amsterdam). Hollywood legend Michael Douglas, whose production credits range from One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Face/Off to the upcoming movie Starman, made a special appearance by video.
New Drama Slate
SILO is a high concept, sexy, violent drama set in San Francisco in the indeterminate future where, because of diminished resources and over population, cities all over the world have created silos – ultimate gated communities of people gathered behind walls or natural barriers like bodies of water, doing what walls and moats have done for years: keep people out, keep them in, or in this case divide the haves from the have-nots. Populated with complex, compelling characters on both sides of the wall and with a rich and potentially endless stream of stories, SILO has all the ingredients for high-stakes, escapist entertainment. However, it is also a relevant cautionary tale: a metaphor for immigration, apartheid, classism, climate change and terrorism. SILO is written by Peter Horton (American Odyssey, New Amsterdam) and Raelle Tucker (True Blood, Jessica Jones). Peter Horton, Raelle Tucker and Michael Douglas will produce the series.
A DRY RUN: THE LINCOLNS IN SPAIN is a six part series from David Simon and his company, Blown Deadline Productions (The Deuce). Rain Man and Downsizing producer Mark Johnson will produce, with Spanish prodco MediaPro (The Young Pope) co-producing. The series, based on real events, will follow those who went to fight fascism in Spain in the years prior to World War II. One story, now largely forgotten, was the arrival of America’s Abraham Lincoln Battalion on the battlefields in Europe, which was seen as a ‘dry run’ for its commitment to fighting fascism across the world from 1941-1945. A Dry Run will feature a mix of fictional and real characters –including George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway – but all events are historically accurate. With themes such as racial dynamics, sexual politics, religious dogma and existential questions about honour, the stories reflect our own times to a significant degree and will resonate with modern audiences.
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is an eight part series, produced out of the UK by Beryl Vertue of Hartswood Films (Sherlock), in association with Bryncoed Productions (Riviera, Robin Hood). Michael Hirst is onboard as writer, adapting Boris Pasternak’s classic novel of the same name. In terms of storyline, this new version will follow the book more closely than previous interpretations and therefore will be a sweeping political drama, rather than primarily a love story. While having a historical context, the team intends for this to be a very modern re-telling with a fresh, pacey script and a highly contemporary production style.
THE LAST AMAZON is an epic historical series from Gaumont (Narcos). Written by Rafe Judkins, produced by Gene Stein (Narcos, Hannibal) and with Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) attached to executive produce, The Last Amazon will focus on the great Amazon Queens such as Antiope and Hippolyta, portraying their extraordinary lives, loves and major battles, notably, their campaign against the Ancient Greeks. Highly character-driven, the series explores the Amazons as true outsiders, who defied cultural norms and were constantly fighting to protect their way of life. Ava DuVernay was especially keen to be involved as this series will capitalise on topical themes about women’s roles and speak to modern audiences looking for strong, entertaining storylines with relevant and empowered lead female characters.
Howard Stringer, Atrium’s chairman, comments: “From day one, Atrium TV made a commitment to its members to only bring great ideas to the table, delivered by the very best creative talent in the industry. With these exciting new projects and the incredible international teams of talented writers and producers we have assembled, we are certainly keeping that promise.”
Jeremy Fox, CEO of Atrium TV adds: “These pitch sessions prove invaluable, allowing our members to fully engage with each project in development and decide which are most relevant for their audiences. The fact that we could bring everybody together in Los Angeles, the birthplace of so many great drama series, made this second full Club meeting extra special.”
Atrium TV is also pleased to announce that two of the titles from its initial launch slate, One Giant Leap and Quasimodo, are both planned to go into production, the former later this year and the latter in 2019. Oscar-winning Mike Medavoy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Black Swan) has just been confirmed as the producer for One Giant Leap, which is being written by Stephen Kronish (24, The Kennedys). Quasimodo is being written by Ashley Pharoah and produced by Tracey Scoffield, David Tanner (The Frankenstein Chronicles) and the Emmy® Award-winning lead producer on Game of Thrones, Frank Doelger. Game of Thrones alumni Charles Dance and Peter Dinklage are also both attached to the project as executive producers.
Atrium TV’s members are amongst the leading OTT and TelCos worldwide and now include BT TV (UK), Televisa (Latin America) Viaplay (Nordics), Orange (France), Movistar+ (Spain), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Iflix (Asia/MENA), Sky New Zealand, Antenna (Greece), NewFilm (Russia), BigFlix (India) and Yes TV (Israel).