Viasat World inks first scripted deal with all3media International for flagship content brand Epic Drama

08 November 2017

Deal secures more than 50 hours of acclaimed content for Viasat World’s new channel and SVOD propositions including hit BBC series The Miniaturist.

Leading international media company, Viasat World, today announces a deal with independent television, film and digital production and distribution company all3media international to acquire over 50 hours of world-class drama content for its brand-new flagship content brand, Epic Drama.

Drama fans will have access to the very greatest collection of acclaimed and compelling series across a variety of genres, including crime and mystery, classic literary, politics and power, historical, war, action adventure, real history and fantasy. The new channel and SVOD propositions, which launch on 14 December in Viasat World’s key markets and territories internationally, will now play host to some of the hottest programming properties in the all3media stable.

As a renowned producer and distributor of high-end, independent drama, all3media is a key partner to Viasat World in fuelling the content pipeline for Epic Drama with the very best drama series. This first scripted content deal affirms Viasat World’s commitment to working side by side with the very best content distribution partners, and builds on the long-standing relationship between the two companies on the factual programming side, particularly in the non-scripted history genre.

Karin Heijink, VP Content and Product at Viasat World, comments: “We are delighted to expand our partnership with all3media and make Epic Drama the exclusive home of these compelling, must-see drama series in some of our international markets. Expert content curators, we are resolute in our mission to secure the rights to the very best quality drama series to fulfil our lavish channel proposition, and these titles are the perfect fit. We are off to a great start with this deal and it’s just the beginning as we lock down our world-class programming slate ready for launch.”

Ben Packwood, Sales Manager at all3media international adds: “We are thrilled to be a key part of Viasat World’s launch slate for Epic Drama. These wonderful period dramas will be a great addition to the new content brand’s top quality line up of programming, transporting the audience into another time and place as tales are told and portrayed by award-winning casts and production teams. We look forward to working alongside Viasat World as Epic Drama goes from strength to strength, making it the exclusive home of some of our key drama properties.”

With exclusive* Pay-TV, catch up, and some SVOD rights secured, coveted titles in this initial deal which will feature in Epic Drama’s launch slate include:

The Miniaturist**

An adaptation of Jessie Burton’s internationally best-selling novel, The Miniaturist is a haunting, sumptuous period thriller, featuring an all-star cast including Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch), Romola Garai (The Hour, The Crimson Petal And The White, Atonement) and Alex Hassell (Suburbicon, Anonymous), alongside Paapa Essiedu (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Utopia), Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake; Southcliffe) and Emily Berrington (Humans). It tells the story of a house where, beneath the lavish beauty and privilege, forbidden passions and dangerous secrets lie. In 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. Full of hopes and dreams, she has travelled from the quiet countryside to begin a new life as the wife of affluent merchant, Johannes Brandt. But, instead of Johannes, she’s met by his cold sister Marin and quickly realises that nothing is as it seems in the Brandt household.

Close to the Enemy

A dangerous race against time... set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of the Second World War, Close to the Enemy follows intelligence officer – Captain Callum Ferguson. His last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist – Dieter starts working for the British RAF on urgently developing the Jet engine. With the background of the emerging Cold War it is crucial for British national security that cutting-edge technology is made available to the armed forces as quickly as possible. Callum uses unorthodox methods in his attempt to convince Dieter to work with the British and eventually a friendship develops between the men, but all is not as it seems. Over the course of the series, Callum encounters a number of other characters whose stories all intertwine as they work to rebuild and move their lives forward in the aftermath of the war.

The Village S1-2

An epic family saga set in the rolling hills of the beautiful Peak District in England’s Derbyshire, as the story of twentieth century history plays out. Based entirely in the village, great historical events, change, progress and shifts in national identity, are all deflected through the story of the village. The lives of the villagers (children, school teachers, farm workers, factory owner, Methodist minister, landed aristocracy) are at the heart of everything. This first series spans the early years of the First World War as see through the eyes of one man, old Bert Middleton; his life story and his voice provide the backbone for the narrative and our way into an examination of who we think we are and why. History without hindsight; the past as the present told through big, bold story-making with forensic textural detail and colour.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries S1-3

A captivating and sumptuous series, staring award-winning stage and film actress Essie Davis as the engaging and honourable, Miss Phryne Fisher. The lady sleuth sashays through the back streets, jazz clubs and divine mansions of the 1920s, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit.  Leaving a trail of admirers in her wake, the thoroughly modern heroine enjoys life and ruffles feathers, whilst solving all manner of mysteries along the way. Aided by Dot, the sweetest of maids, the somewhat reluctant Detective Inspector Jack Robinson and society matron, Aunt Prudence, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is a classic who-dunnit murder-mystery series.

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