Peacock’s “A Friend of the Family” Official First Look Images





Peacock’s “A Friend of the Family” Official First Look Images Featuring Jake Lacy, Anna Paquin, Colin Hanks, Mckenna Grace, and More
Nick Antosca’s highly anticipated true-crime limited drama series premieres on Peacock Thursday, October 6 with three episodes at launch and new episodes streaming weekly.
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OFFICIAL FIRST LOOK IMAGES

Nick Antosca’s Highly Anticipated True-Crime Limited Drama Series Premieres On Peacock Thursday, October 6 with Three Episodes at Launch and New Episodes Streaming Weekly

A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY — “Horseback Riding in American Falls” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) — (Photo by: Peacock)
A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY — “Horseback Riding in American Falls” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) — (Photo by: Peacock)
A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY — “The Bitter Cup” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) — (Photo by: Peacock)

A NOTE FROM NICK ANTOSCA – SHOWRUNNER, EP AND WRITER

It’s easy to judge the Broberg family’s story from the outside. Sometimes when people first hear it, they get defensive: How could these parents have let this happen? I’m not like them.

It is understandable. It’s a surreal story. When I first heard it, I empathized with the family’s vulnerability, and I felt like I understood their story from the outside. But it stayed with me, and I wanted to understand from the inside – to know what their lives felt like, to live in each family member’s experience, to see how they were caught in such a bizarre web, and to help audiences empathize with them too.

I hope people will come away from the series with a deeper understanding of the family and say: In that time, in that place, they were like me. They made terrible mistakes, but they loved their kids. And, a master manipulator took advantage of them.

The series exists outside the typical categories of genre. It’s a thriller built around obsessive relationships, a family drama, and a nightmarish coming-of-age story.

In the course of working on this story and talking with others who have worked on it, one thing has become clear: It’s more relatable than it first seems. The Brobergs’ story is an extreme point on a continuum that more of us are on than we realize.

The other reason I couldn’t stop thinking about this story is, after all of it, the Broberg family grew stronger. They loved and forgave. This is a story about survival, and a larger story about the American psyche and the institutions of family, religion, and community. And part of what makes the story so exceptional isn’t how strange it is, but the fact that the Brobergs told it at all.

It was a wrenching, complicated story to work on. In addition to the thousands of pages of trial transcripts, FBI notes, interviews, and childhood diaries that we were able to use to tell the story, we have had the privilege of working with Jan Broberg herself. We could not and would not tell this story without Jan and her family’s blessing and participation.

Thank you for watching.

A NOTE FROM JAN BROBERG – PRODUCER

I am Jan Broberg, and “A Friend of the Family” tells our family’s story and my story. We were a loving, trusting, educated family. We were not stupid or careless. So how could this happen in our neighborhood, where we knew everyone, and everyone was a friend? The truth is that most predators are not strangers but people we know – people who can build trust, create special friendships, and separate family members psychologically.

As little girls, we talked and we listened around the dinner table every night. Mom and Dad were always there. We were so safe, so loved, so carefree. Then, in 1972, we met the nicest new family at church, with children who matched us in age. A deep friendship ensued. Over several years, our families did hundreds of activities together: church parties, family dinners, boating and snowmobile trips, sleepovers, game nights, movies and barbecues. Then on a normal afternoon, the father kidnapped me – and from age 12 to 16 I was sexually assaulted and severely brainwashed by this man who I trusted.

This story will make you talk, shout, cry – and it will make you angry. Good. The team of writers, actors, designers, directors and producers led by Alex Hedlund, Eliza Hittman, and Nick Antosca have captured the heart of how good people can be manipulated and their children victimized. Our story is relatable because so many families have direct experience with this sort of abuse.

I hope that our story will start conversations – because secrets live in darkness and silence.

ABOUT THE SERIES

SERIES DESCRIPTION:

A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY is based on the harrowing true story of the Broberg family, whose daughter Jan was kidnapped multiple times over a period of years by a charismatic, obsessed family “friend.” The Brobergs – devoted to their faith, family, and community – were utterly unprepared for the sophisticated tactics their neighbor used to exploit their vulnerabilities, drive them apart, and turn their daughter against them. This is the story of how their lives were permanently altered – and how they survived.

ABOUT THE SERIES

Premiere Date: October 6

Showrunner / Executive Producer / Writer: Nick Antosca

Executive Producer: Alex Hedlund

Executive Producer / Director (multiple episodes, including 101): Eliza Hittman

Producers: Jan Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg

Consulting Producer: Skye Borgman for Top Knot Films

Produced by: UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group

Format: 9 x 60 min, True Crime Limited Drama Series

SERIES REGULARS | CAST & CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

ANNA PAQUIN (Flack, The Irishman, True Blood) will play the role of Mary Ann Broberg. Mary Ann is the mother of three daughters, and her life has felt safe, happy and rewarding until recently. She has realized too late that she may have missed warning signs and made a terrible mistake by becoming close to her charismatic neighbor Robert Berchtold – and trusting him around her oldest daughter, Jan.

JAKE LACY (The White Lotus, Being the Ricardos) will play the role of Robert “B” Berchtold, a charming local businessman who appears to be a genial Mormon father and husband. An expert in manipulation, he puts everyone around him at ease as he carefully plots the abduction of Mary Ann’s daughter.

COLIN HANKS (The Offer, Impeachment: American Crime Story) will play the role of Bob Broberg, Mary Ann’s husband and Jan’s father, Bob is big-hearted, kind, and everyone’s best friend, the very model of a suburban patriarch. As his family gets closer to neighbor Robert Berchtold, Bob begins to fear that something is amiss.

LIO TIPTON (The Edge of Sleep, Why Women Kill) will play the role of Gail Berchtold. Gail is Robert Berchtold’s wife and the mother of a large family. Her husband suffers from mood swings and this has led him to act erratically. Gail’s concerns about her husband may keep her on edge, but she never could have expected what her husband would eventually do.

MCKENNA GRACE (Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Handmaid’s Tale) will play the role of Jan Broberg in the later years. Jan is the oldest daughter of Bob and Mary Ann Broberg and leads a happy, traditional life in an idyllic American city. Jan trusts family friend and neighbor Robert Berchtold, though he has plans for her abduction that she doesn’t suspect.

HENDRIX YANCEY (George & Tammy, Unbelievable) will play the role of Jan Broberg in the early years. Jan is the oldest daughter of Bob and Mary Ann Broberg and leads a happy, traditional life in an idyllic American city. Jan trusts family friend and neighbor Robert Berchtold, though he has plans for her abduction that she doesn’t suspect.



“Love Island USA” Becomes Most Streamed Unscripted Original Series on Peacock





“Love Island USA” Becomes Most Streamed Unscripted Original Series on Peacock
In its first three weeks, Peacock’s steamier and streamier version of “Love Island USA” has officially been crowned the most streamed original unscripted series on Peacock, and the third largest original launch overall on the platform.
[via press release from Peacock]
“LOVE ISLAND USA” BECOMES MOST STREAMED UNSCRIPTED ORIGINAL SERIES ON PEACOCK

Record-Breaking Series Received Upfront Two-Season Order, Next Season Coming in 2023

· In its first three weeks, Peacock’s steamier and streamier version of LOVE ISLAND USA has officially been crowned the most streamed Original Unscripted Series on Peacock, and the third largest Original launch overall on the platform.

· LOVE ISLAND USA premiered July 19th with 6 episodes released weekly, Tuesday through Sunday.

· “LOVE ISLAND USA is clearly resonating with fans and the audience continues to grow with each episode, so we are very excited by the incredible start to the series,” said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “The rest of this season will not disappoint – more sexy challenges, unexpected twists at the infamous Casa Amor and the organic drama that fans crave.”

· “LOVE ISLAND USA has soared into the cultural zeitgeist and quickly claimed its place as Peacock’s most streamed unscripted Original series to date,” said Kelly Campbell, President, Peacock & Direct-to-Consumer. “We know Love Island fans because we are Love Island fans, and our fresh take on LOVE ISLAND USA has migrated the fanbase to Peacock and already become our third largest Original launch overall.”

ABOUT THE SERIES:

Hosted by actress Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and narrated by UK comedian and LOVE ISLAND fan favorite Iain Stirling, new episodes of Peacock’s new season premieres 6 nights a week at 6pm PT/9pm ET. Peacock Original LOVE ISLAND USA, from ITV Entertainment, is hotter than ever as Islanders couple up in new surroundings where challenges excite and bombshells abound. Throughout their stay, temptations rise and drama ensues as Islanders are forced to decide if they want to remain with their current partners or “recouple” with someone new. Islanders are also at the mercy of viewers at home who will vote to determine who gets another shot at love and who leaves the villa heartbroken and empty-handed.



Peacock Reveals 12 New Islanders Heading to Casa Amor





Peacock Reveals 12 New Islanders Heading to Casa Amor in Special Monday Night Episode of “Love Island USA”
This season pushes boundaries like never before with unpredictable twists and turns and unexpected surprises, creating the ultimate recipe for summer fun – only on Peacock.
[via press release from Peacock]
😈 Casa Amor Assets Available NOW 😈

PEACOCK REVEALS 12 NEW ISLANDERS HEADING TO CASA AMOR IN SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT EPISODE OF “LOVE ISLAND USA”

A Bigger, Better Casa Amor Week Starts Tonight at 6pm PT/9pm ET

💦 CASA AMOR IS GETTING SPICY💦

Phoebe Siegel
Age: 21
Hometown: Bedford Hills, NY
Current Lives: Ann Arbor, MI
Occupation: College student

Tigerlily Cooley
Age: 24
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Current Lives: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: CEO of Tenth House Agency

Gabriella Kiszka
Age: 23
Hometown: Westwood, NJ
Current Lives: Westwood, NJ
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales Rep

Avery Grooms
Age: 24
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Current Lives: West Hollywood, CA
Occupation: Restaurant Host

Gabriella “Bella” Barbaro
Age: 22
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Current Lives: Long Island, NY
Occupation: Client Specialist / Ad Sales

Chanse Corbi
Age: 21
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current Lives: Orange County, CA
Occupation: Medical Student

Kyle Fraser
Age: 29
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Current Lives: Buffalo, NY
Occupation: Full Time Wedding Model

Tre Watson
Age: 26
Hometown: Corona, CA
Current Lives: Anaheim, CA
Occupation: Youth Football Coach

Nic Birchall
Age: 22
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Current Lives: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Sam Kornse
Age: 24
Hometown: Phillipsburg, NJ
Current Lives: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Sales Rep

Chad Robinson
Age: 23
Hometown: Clarkson, MI
Current Lives: Kalamazoo, MI
Occupation: Personal Trainer / Bartender

Jordan Morello
Age: 28
Hometown: Plantation, FL
Current Lives: Plantation, FL
Occupation: Personal Trainer

www.PeacockTV.com

❤️‍🔥 Hosted by actress Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and narrated by UK comedian and LOVE ISLAND fan favorite Iain Stirling, new episodes of Peacock’s new season premieres 6 nights a week at 6pm PT/9pm ET. Peacock Original LOVE ISLAND USA, from ITV Entertainment, is hotter than ever as Islanders couple up in new surroundings where challenges excite and bombshells abound. Throughout their stay, temptations rise and drama ensues as Islanders are forced to decide if they want to remain with their current partners or “recouple” with someone new. Islanders are also at the mercy of viewers at home who will vote to determine who gets another shot at love and who leaves the villa heartbroken and empty-handed.

❤️‍🔥 This season pushes boundaries like never before with unpredictable twists and turns and unexpected surprises, creating the ultimate recipe for Summer fun – only on Peacock. Filming on the California coast, LOVE ISLAND USA is an unscripted reality romance and competition series where sexy singles go on a search for love while living together in a beautiful villa. 

❤️‍🔥 The US version of LOVE ISLAND is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company. Andy Cadman, who executive produced five seasons and more than 200 episodes of LOVE ISLAND in the UK, has joined LOVE ISLAND USA as co-showrunner, alongside Ben Thursby-Palmer and Mike Espinosa.

❤️‍🔥 David George, Adam Sher, Simon Thomas, Ben Thursby-Palmer, Andy Cadman and Mike Espinosa serve as executive producers, alongside Tom Gould, Richard Cowles, Mike Spencer, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster. The series is based on a format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group, and distributed by ITV Studios.

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Kaley Cuoco to Star in Peacock’s Highly-Anticipated Dark Comedic Thriller





Kaley Cuoco to Star in Peacock’s Highly-Anticipated Dark Comedic Thriller “Based on a True Story”
A dark comedic thriller inspired by a bizarre true event, “Based on a True Story” is about a realtor, a plumber and a former tennis star whose lives unexpectedly collide, exposing America’s obsession with true crime, murder and the slow close toilet seat.
[via press release from Peacock]
KALEY CUOCO TO STAR IN PEACOCK’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DARK COMEDIC THRILLER “BASED ON A TRUE STORY”

Emmy Award-Nominated Craig Rosenberg Set to Write, Showrun, and Executive Produce Series From UCP, Alongside Executive Producers Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan

www.PeacockTV.com

· Peacock announced today that two-time Emmy Award-nominee Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant) will star in the leading role of the highly-anticipated dark comedic thriller BASED ON A TRUE STORY, from Emmy Award-nominated Craig Rosenberg (The Boys, LOST, Preacher).

· Cuoco will play a married woman named Ava Bartlett. All other details are being kept under wraps.

· A dark comedic thriller inspired by a bizarre true event, BASED ON A TRUE STORY is about a realtor, a plumber and a former tennis star whose lives unexpectedly collide, exposing America’s obsession with true crime, murder and the slow close toilet seat.

· Rosenberg will serve as writer, showrunner and executive producer.

· Jason Bateman (Ozark, The Outsider) will executive produce alongside Michael Costigan for Aggregate Films. Roxie Rodriguez serves as co-executive producer for Aggregate Films. The series will be produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group.

· Cuoco was nominated for an Emmy award again this year (for the second year in a row) for her performance in The Flight Attendant in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She is currently shooting the action-thriller Role Play.

ABOUT THE SERIES:

Writer / Showrunner / Executive Producer: Craig Rosenberg (The Boys, LOST)

Executive Producers: Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan (Aggregate Films)

Co-Executive Producer: Roxie Rodriguez (Aggregate Films)

Studio: UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group

Format: Comedic thriller



Peacock Announces Straight to Series Order of Coming-of-Age Thriller “Hysteria!”





Peacock Announces Straight to Series Order of Coming-of-Age Thriller “Hysteria!” from UCP with Matthew Scott Kane Set to Write and Executive Produce
The series follows a group of 1980s high school misfits as they exploit the growing hysteria around teen occult activity.
[via press release from Peacock]
PEACOCK ANNOUNCES STRAIGHT TO SERIES ORDER OF COMING-OF-AGE THRILLER “HYSTERIA!” FROM UCP WITH MATTHEW SCOTT KANE SET TO WRITE AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE

Series Comes From Executive Producers and Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Dungeons & Dragons) along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner for Good Fear

The Series Follows A Group Of 1980s High School Misfits As They Exploit The Growing Hysteria Around Teen Occult Activity

www.PeacockTV.com

· Peacock announced today the straight-to-series order of coming-of-age thriller HYSTERIA!, a drama series that explores American’s dark history of mass hysteria through the shocking story of the teenage Satanic Panic.

· The series will be produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Matthew Scott Kane serves as writer and executive producer. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will executive produce and direct. Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will executive produce for Good Fear.

· ABOUT: When a beloved varsity quarterback disappears during the “Satanic Panic” of the late 1980s, a struggling high school heavy metal band of outcasts realize they can capitalize on the town’s sudden interest in the occult by building a reputation as a Satanic metal band, until a bizarre series of murders, kidnappings, and reported “supernatural activity” triggers a leather-studded witch hunt that leads directly back to them.

· “Our upcoming thriller series Hysteria! will explore the complex world of the Satanic Panic, set amidst ’80s nostalgia, mystery, heavy metal, and an all-American setting,” said Lisa Katz, President Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We’re excited to partner on this fresh, coming-of-age story led by writer Matthew Scott Kane, executive producers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Good Fear, and our partners at UCP, for what is sure to be a compelling original series for Peacock viewers.”

· “This nail-biting thriller dives into a mass moral panic and all the fears, desires, anger and dread that led to these dark days,” said Beatrice Springborn, President, UCP. “Matthew’s script is original, intriguing and perfectly captures the frenetic energy of the Satanic Panic. We can’t wait for audiences to experience the show on Peacock.”

ABOUT THE SERIES:

Writer / Executive Producer: Matthew Scott Kane

Executive Producers / Directors: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Dungeons & Dragons, Game Night)

Executive Producers: Chris Bender and Jake Weiner for Good Fear (My Spy, Mulan, Under the Silver Lake)

Supervising Producer: Scott Stoops

Studio: UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group

Format: Drama Series



Video: “Dragons: The Nine Realms” – Season 3 Trailer





Video: “Dragons: The Nine Realms” – Season 3 Trailer
New dragons, new adventures, and all new episodes, coming to Peacock on August 18.
[via press release from Peacock]
DRAGONS: THE NINE REALMS | Season 3 Trailer

New dragons, new adventures, and all new episodes of DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms, coming to Peacock on August 18th!

Join the fun on Peacock Kids where you can find an endless supply of laugh-out-loud jokes, lovable characters, life hacks, music, magic, gaming and more!



Peacock Announces Standup Special “Alyssa Limperis: No Bad Days”





Peacock Announces Standup Special “Alyssa Limperis: No Bad Days” One-Hour Comedy Event Premieres Friday, August 12
The hour-long comedy special offers an honest portrayal of grief and pain told through a lens of hope and laughter.
[via press release from Peacock]
PEACOCK ANNOUNCES STANDUP SPECIAL “ALYSSA LIMPERIS: NO BAD DAYS” ONE-HOUR COMEDY EVENT PREMIERES FRIDAY, AUGUST 12

www.PeacockTV.com

· Alyssa Limperis: No Bad Days takes audiences through the stinging journey of loss while reminding you how wonderful each day can be. The hour-long comedy special offers an honest portrayal of grief and pain told through a lens of hope and laughter.

· Limperis, a Los Angeles based comedian, offers a hilarious and moving combination of stand-up and theatrical performance as she turns loss into laughter, taking audiences through the relatable experience of losing a parent. The special serves as a reminder to viewers that no matter how dark or heavy things feel, if you can find the beauty around you, there’s no such thing as a bad day.

· Quote from comedian and executive producer, Alyssa Limperis – “This special is deeply personal to me. I wrote this piece in the throes of grief after losing my dad to brain cancer in 2015.” states Limperis. “This project was a cathartic way to help me process the changes in my life and start my journey on the road to healing, through laughter.”

ABOUT THE SERIES:

Cast: Alyssa Limperis

Executive Producers: Alyssa Limperis, Michelle Caputo, Shannon Hartman, Jennie Church-Cooper

Produced By: Art & Industry



Video: Peacock’s “Everything I Know About Love” – Official Trailer and Show Art





Video: Peacock’s “Everything I Know About Love” – Official Trailer and Show Art
Four friends. One story of great love. A messy, raucous stumble into bad dates and heartaches – and surviving your twenties. The bestseller from the heart of Dolly Alderton.
[via press release from Peacock]
OFFICIAL TRAILER & SHOW ART

Four friends. One story of great love. A messy, raucous stumble into bad dates and heartaches – and surviving your twenties. The bestseller from the heart of Dolly Alderton.

EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE premieres on Peacock Thursday, August 25.

ABOUT THE SERIES

SERIES DESCRIPTION:

The central love story of Everything I Know About Love is between childhood best friends Maggie and Birdy. But it is also a raucous girl gang show, set in a 2012 London house-share inhabited by four girls – Maggie, Birdy and their mates from university, Amara and Nell. The series is an unflinching deep dive into bad dates, heartaches and humiliations and begs the question: can platonic love survive romantic love as we grow up?

ABOUT THE SERIES:

· Peacock Premiere Date: Thursday, August 25

· Logline: Four friends. One story of great love. A messy, raucous stumble into bad dates and heartaches – and surviving your twenties. The bestseller from the heart of Dolly Alderton.

· Cast: Emma Appleton, Bel Powley, Marli Siu, Aliyah Odoffin, Connor Finch, Jordan Peters and Ryan Bown

· Creator, Writer & Executive Producer: Dolly Alderton

· Executive Producers: Surian Fletcher-Jones, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title Television and Jo McClellan for the BBC

· Directors: China Moo-Young, Julia Ford

· Producer: Simon Maloney

· Produced by: Working Title Television, which is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. The series will be distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.

· Format: 7 x 45″, comedy-drama series

· Filming Location: Manchester (UK), London (UK), New York (USA)



Video: “TrollsTopia” – Season 7 Trailer





Video: “TrollsTopia” – Season 7 Trailer
All new adventures, some new faces, and new places! Get excited for the final season, coming to Peacock on August 11.
[via press release from Peacock]
TROLLSTOPIA | Season 7 Trailer

All new adventures, some new faces, and new places! Get excited for the final season of TrollsTopia, coming to Peacock on August 11th!

Join the fun on Peacock Kids where you can find an endless supply of laugh-out-loud jokes, lovable characters, life hacks, music, magic, gaming and more!



Peacock Announces US Straight-to-Series Order of Ancient Rome Gladiatorial Epic





Peacock Announces US Straight-to-Series Order of Ancient Rome Gladiatorial Epic “Those About to Die” with Internationally Renowned Filmmaker Roland Emmerich Set to Direct
The large scale Ancient Rome gladiatorial epic is inspired by the nonfiction classic from acclaimed author Daniel Mannix.
[via press release from Peacock]
PEACOCK ANNOUNCES US STRAIGHT-TO-SERIES ORDER OF ANCIENT ROME GLADIATORIAL EPIC “THOSE ABOUT TO DIE” WITH INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED FILMMAKER ROLAND EMMERICH SET TO DIRECT

High End Productions To Co-Commission The Series With Peacock

Series Comes From Studio AGC Television With Centropolis Entertainment, Hollywood Gang, And Street Entertainment Producing

Series is Inspired by the Non-fiction Classic Those About To Die by Acclaimed Author Daniel Mannix with Robert Rodat Set to Write and Executive Produce

www.PeacockTV.com

· Peacock announced today the straight-to-series US order for THOSE ABOUT TO DIE, a large scale Ancient Rome gladiatorial epic inspired by the nonfiction classic Those About To Die from acclaimed author Daniel Mannix and internationally renowned filmmaker Roland Emmerich (Moonfall, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) is set to direct and executive produce.

· High End Productions, the company set up by Herbert G. Kloiber and Constantin Film to produce premium European fiction series for the international market, also confirmed that it has acquired distribution rights in Europe and is set to co-finance the show with Peacock.

· In addition to Emmerich who is executive producing through his company Centropolis Entertainment, Academy Award nominated screenwriter Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot) will write and executive produce. Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari (The Departed, 300) and Street Entertainment’s Harald Kloser (2012, Independence Day: Resurgence, Midway) will executive produce alongside High End’s Oliver Berben, Herbert G. Kloiber, Martin Moszkowicz, and Jonas Bauer. AGC CEO Stuart Ford and Chief Content Officer Lourdes Diaz also executive produce.

· AGC International, the content licensing and distribution arm of AGC Studios and sister company to the show’s studio AGC Television, will handle worldwide distribution rights outside of the HEP European footprint.

· THOSE ABOUT TO DIE is a large-scale drama set within the spectacular, complex, and corrupt world of gladiatorial sports in Ancient Rome. The series introduces an ensemble of diverse characters across the many layers of Roman society where sports, politics, and business intersect and collide.

· “Those About To Die takes on Ancient Rome in a completely new way. While the series will be epic in scope and have the spectacle of gladiators and chariot racing, it also has unexpected characters amidst palace intrigue and a dark criminal underworld,” said Lisa Katz, president scripted content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the unmatched creative minds of Roland Emmerich, Robert Rodat, Harald Kloser, AGC Studios and Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang, to create this bold, action-packed series for Peacock audiences.”

· Said HEP’s Oliver Berben and Herbert G. Kloiber, “The first TV show created by Roland Emmerich with an exceptional story and a perspective never seen before – that’s exactly why we founded High End Productions: A European story that can be seen around the world. We are very grateful and excited that we have found such great partners and creative minds for this extraordinary project.”

· Director Roland Emmerich stated, “The powerful Roman Empire has always fascinated me, especially its enormous games which entertained the masses through spectacle at the monumental Colosseum. At its heart, this is a sports epic led by strong and diverse characters who explore paths to glory, falls from grace and a need to belong to something greater than oneself. Sports in these ancient times were as thrilling and massive then as they are today, and I’m excited to collaborate with my partners, Peacock, High End Productions, Hollywood Gang, and AGC Studios, in bringing this rich world of blood, sweat and tears to television.”

ABOUT THE SERIES:

Director / Executive Producer: Roland Emmerich (Moonfall, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow)

Writer / Executive Producer: Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot)

Executive Producers: Harald Kloser (Independence Day: Resurgence, Midway), Gianni Nunnari (The Departed, 300)), Oliver Berben, Herbert G. Kloiber, Martin Moszkowicz, Jonas Bauer, Stuart Ford, Lourdes Diaz

Studio: AGC Studios

Produced By: Centropolis Entertainment, Hollywood Gang Productions and Street Entertainment

Distributor: AGC International

Format: Drama Series

About Peacock

Peacock is NBCUniversal’s streaming service. Peacock delivers a world-class slate of exclusive originals, on-demand libraries of hit TV shows, plus critically acclaimed films from the vaults of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, and Hollywood’s biggest studios. In addition, Peacock taps into NBCUniversal’s unmatched ability to deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night, Spanish-language, and reality. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About ROLAND EMMERICH & CENTROPOLIS ENTERTAINMENT

Centropolis Entertainment is the film and television production company of international filmmakers, renowned director/producer/screenwriter Roland Emmerich and his sister, producer Ute Emmerich. In 2017, the company significantly expanded its scope beyond traditional producing in order to own its original intellectual property. Beginning with the recent WWII action epic Midway, which has grossed almost $140 million worldwide to date, Centropolis raises all of its funding independently and oversees all aspects of development, production, financing, delivery, and distribution and marketing with its U.S. and international partners. The science fiction epic, Moonfall, was the second feature film produced under this model. In 2019, Roland Emmerich received the Honorary Award for career achievement from the Bavarian Film Awards, the most highly regarded accolades for filmmaking in his home country of Germany. In 2020, the Visual Effects Society (VES) bestowed its Visionary Award to him at its annual gala. Since Centropolis’ inception in 1985, its 30 films – including Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, White House Down, Midway and Moonfall – have grossed more than $4 billion worldwide.

About AGC STUDIOS

Since its launch in 2018 Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has enjoyed explosive growth and is already well established as one of the most prolific and diversified independent content companies in the industry. AGC Television’s Emmy nominated THE TINDER SWINDLER from Gaspin Media is Netflix’s most watched documentary ever and the first to top Netflix’s list of its most popular films worldwide. In addition, AGC TV recently completed TROPPO in partnership with Australia’s ABC and Amazon’s FreeVee in the US and Leonine internationally, and Seasons 1 & 2 of WAR OF THE WORLDS for EPIX, with production ongoing for Season 3. Upcoming shows include an adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez’s NEWS OF A KIDNAPPING for Amazon Originals; Sebastian Gutierrez’s LEOPARD SKIN starring Carla Gugino and Jeffrey Dean Morgan for Peacock T+ in the U.S. and Lionsgate Television internationally; and GRAY starring Patricia Clarkson and Lydia West for Lionsgate Television and Night Train Media internationally. Films in post include Christian Ditter’s family comedy THE PRESENT starring Isla Fisher and Greg Kinnear; Christopher Smith’s supernatural thriller CONSECRATION starring Jena Malone and Danny Huston; and Pierre Morel’s action-comedy FREELANCE staring John Cena, Alison Brie and Juan Pablo Raba. Chris Pine’s directorial debut POOLMAN starring Pine, Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, DeWanda Wise and Jennifer Jason Leigh is currently shooting in Los Angeles; THE DATING GAME starring Anna Kendrick begins late summer; and Richard Linklater’s HITMAN starring Glen Powell and Adria Arjona is prepping for an October start. AGC’s completed films include WATCHER, the acclaimed Sundance and SXSW debut from Chloe Okuno; Roland Emmerich’s MOONFALL and MIDWAY; Neil Burger’s VOYAGERS; Tate Taylor’s BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY; and Doug Liman’s LOCKED DOWN.

ABOUT STREET ENTERTAINMENT

Street Entertainment is the film and television production company founded by Harald Kloser in 2009. Kloser started his career as a film composer (Alien v. Predator, Day After Tomorrow), before expanding into screenwriting and producing, where his first two scripts,10,000 BC and 2012, grossed over $1 billion in worldwide box office. Other notable producing credits alongside Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment include Independence Day: Resurgence, Midway and most recently the science fiction epic, Moonfall. The concept of looking at the dirty business behind the infamous Roman games first originated at Street Entertainment, which brought Those About to Die to producing partners Roland Emmerich, Gianni Nunnari and AGC Studios. It marks Street Entertainment’s the first major foray into the world of serial television.

About HOLLYWOOD GANG

Hollywood Gang is the Los Angeles-based production company helmed by Gianni Nunnari. Its slate encompasses film, television, and Broadway with a focus on championing unique creative visions and giving worldwide audiences content that they have never seen before. The company is producing the live-action adaptation of the beloved anime ROBOTECH for Sony Pictures, to be directed by Rhys Thomas (HAWKEYE, DOCUMENTARY NOW!, SNL). Further upcoming projects include a docu-series on the renowned chef and hotelier Nobu Matsuhisa, directed by documentarian Matt Tyrnauer (VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR, STUDIO 54) in co-production with AGC, and ARMY OF STRANGERS – a television series about the notorious French Foreign Legion – helmed by Matthew Parkhill (DEEP STATE, ROGUE), in co-production with Vertigo Films.

About HIGH END PRODUCTIONS

High End Productions is a company that specializes in international high end television series with a European DNA, with a particular focus on co-productions for European and international networks. The company was founded by Herbert G. Kloiber and Constantin Film in June 2021. Amongst other projects, High End Productions is currently developing a limited series about “Maximilian and Carlota” of Mexico with William Boyd.