Silver Spring, MD – Acorn TV and Acorn Media Enterprises announce their second series commission and first straight-to-series program with British drama series LONDON KILLS. Acorn Media Enterprises (AME), the UK-based development division for the Acorn brand of RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE), has partnered with PGMTV to co-produce the new series along with Acorn Media International distributing in all English-speaking territories and international distributor ZDFE distributing in the rest of the world. Created for television and co-written by Paul Marquess (Suspects, Footballers’ Wives), LONDON KILLS is currently casting and will go into production in May with a winter 2018 North American premiere for Series 1. The companies will produce two series back-to-back comprised of five by one-hour episodes. The deal was negotiated with Acorn Media Enterprises Shane Murphy, PGMTV’s Paul Marquess, and ZDFE’s Robert Franke.
With the world’s most recognizable city as its backdrop, LONDON KILLS will dramatize the experiences of a team of top murder detectives. Slick, modern and fast moving, the series will be shot like a cutting-edge documentary. Each episode of LONDON KILLS will focus on a different murder following the detectives as they uncover the truth behind the killing but will also have a serial story involving the lead detective’s missing wife.
Shane Murphy, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, said, “After announcing our first commission with Agatha Raisin, Series 2, Acorn Media Enterprises and Acorn TV are thrilled to not only commission another high-quality production but make LONDON KILLS our first straight-to-series commission and produce two seasons back-to-back. With its compelling, fast-paced scripts and the creativity of Paul Marquess, LONDON KILLS will make an excellent addition to Acorn TV’s rapidly growing Originals slate.”
Paul Marquess, Managing Director, PGMTV, said “I’m delighted to be making LONDON KILLS for Acorn. I’m convinced that London is the perfect backdrop for a contemporary police series. Shane Murphy loved the idea from the first pitch – and he and his team have been brilliantly supportive throughout the process. With acutely drawn regular characters and a variety of compelling murder investigations – as well as an intriguing serial narrative running right through it – LONDON KILLS is shaping up to be a sharp, smart, timely procedural drama. We can’t wait to start shooting.”
Creator Paul Marquess co-created and executive produced critically-acclaimed improvised crime series Suspects which ran for five seasons and 23 episodes on Channel 5 and Acorn TV. Called a ‘Brilliant original drama… totally gripping” (The Times) and a ‘realistic police procedural… (that) out-Law & Order’s its predecessor” (The New York Times), Suspects has been remade in both Germany and The Netherlands. Marquess also created Footballers’ Wives and Murder Investigation Team; series produced Brookside and Hollyoaks; and was Executive Producer of The Bill for four hugely successful years.
LONDON KILLS will be written by Paul Marquess, Sarah-Louise Hawkins, Jake Riddell, Sally Tatchell (Skins), and Claire Fryer.
After a record 2017, Acorn TV has already made several major announcements in 2018, including the commission Agatha Raisin, Series 2 starring Ashley Jensen; co-producing Aussie comedy Sando; as well as the licensing of hit British police procedural No Offence. Acorn TV will feature ten Acorn TV Originals in 2018 plus more than 30 licensed premieres of first-rate international content. Read recent announcements at https://www.rljentertainment.com/press-room/
Acorn TV currently features the exclusive U.S. premieres of universally adored BBC and Acorn TV Original comedy Detectorists, Series 3; Kay Mellor’s ITV drama Girlfriends starring Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), Miranda Richardson (And Then There Were None), and Zoe Wanamaker (Agatha Christie’s Poirot); British school dramedy Ackley Bridge, Series 1; British drama Delicious, Series 2; and Irish legal drama Striking Out, Series 2 starring IFTA winner for Best Drama Actress Amy Huberman. Coming soon, Acorn TV premieres ITV’s heartwarming medical drama The Good Karma Hospital, Series 2 (Apr. 2), and Paul Abbott’s outrageous British police procedural No Offence, Series 1 (Apr. 16). Upcoming Acorn TV Originals include fast-paced Wales thriller Keeping Faith starring Eve Myles (Torchwood, Broadchurch, Victoria), Aussie family comedy Sando; international crime drama Straight Forward, and the return of Ashley Jensen in Agatha Raisin, Series 2, among others.
Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “Netflix for the Anglophile” (NPR), Acorn TV exclusively premieres several new international series and/or seasons every month from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, and other European countries with no commercials. A division of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), Acorn TV offers a free trial and is the greatest value in streaming at only $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year.
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RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premium digital channel company serving distinct audiences primarily through its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), which have rapidly grown through development, acquisition, and distribution of its exclusive rights to a large library of international and British dramas, independent feature films and urban content. RLJE’s titles are also distributed in multiple formats including broadcast and pay television, theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, and a variety of digital distribution models (including EST, VOD, SVOD and AVOD) in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE co-produces and develops new programs and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited. For more information, please visit RLJEntertainment.com, Acorn.tv, and UMC.tv.