Starzplay Acquires Trio of Series from Fremantle for Select Territories





Starzplay Acquires Trio of Series from Fremantle for Select Territories Within Its Global Footprint
“Each of these series explores a very different, but beautifully told, complex story,” said Superna Kalle, Executive Vice President, International Digital Networks.
[via press release from Starz]
STARZPLAY ACQUIRES TRIO OF SERIES FROM FREMANTLE FOR SELECT TERRITORIES WITHIN ITS GLOBAL FOOTPRINT

Titles Include the Coming of Age Story from Luca Guadagnino “We Are Who We Are,” the Espionage Thriller “No Man’s Land” and the Semi-autobiographical Israeli Series “The Attaché”

Santa Monica, Calif., Oct 27, 2020 – Starzplay, the international premium streaming service from Starz, announced today it has finalized a licensing agreement with Fremantle for several series including the critically acclaimed “We Are Who We Are,” the gripping thriller “No Man’s Land” and the poignant drama “The Attaché” exclusively for select territories across its 50 country global footprint.

“Each of these series explores a very different, but beautifully told, complex story,” said Superna Kalle, Executive Vice President, International Digital Networks, Starz. “First loves, war, fear of loss and family sacrifice are universally relatable themes that will resonate with our global audiences who enjoy continually curated content for a premium viewing experience from Starzplay.”

“All three of these shows from Fremantle’s talented production partners tell culturally relevant stories for modern audiences, making them a perfect fit for Starzplay’s premium and in-demand content offering,” said Jamie Lynn, EVP, Head of EMEA Distribution, Fremantle. “They have already received fantastic international acclaim, so we are confident that they will continue to see success in Starzplay’s territories.”

These series are the latest to join the Starzplay library which includes exclusive access to STARZ Original series the same day they launch in the U.S. such as “The Spanish Princess” and the explosive second chapter in the Power Universe, “Power Book II: Ghost” starring Mary J. Blige; curated Starzplay exclusive content such as highly lauded series “Normal People,” “Killing Eve,” “The Great” “Ramy” and “The Act” in various territories; and a blockbuster movie library featuring thousands of titles.

“We Are Who We Are,” licensed in Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland, comes from the acclaimed filmmaker of Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino, who directed all the episodes. The series tells the story of two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy and explores friendship, first-love and identity. “We Are Who We Are” immerses the audience in all the messy exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager – a story which could happen anywhere in the world, but in this case, happens in this little slice of America in Italy.

The cast includes Chloë Sevigny, Jack Dylan Grazer, Alice Braga, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Spence Moore II, Kid Cudi, Faith Alabi, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

“We Are Who We Are” (8×60) is an HBO-Sky co-production. The showrunner Executive Producer, Writer, Director is Luca Guadagnino; Lorenzo Mieli is executive producing on behalf of The Apartment and Mario Gianani is executive producing on behalf of Wildside, both Fremantle companies; as well as Small Forward. Other executive producers are Elena Recchia, Nick Hall, Sean Conway, and Francesco Melzi d’Eril. Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri write alongside Guadagnino. Fremantle is the international distributor for the series.

“No Man’s Land,” licensed in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, France, India “SAARC,” Ireland, Italy, Latin America, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom as a Starzplay exclusive, dives into the depths of the Syrian civil war through the eyes of Antoine, a young French man in search of his estranged, presumed to be dead sister. While unraveling the mystery piece by piece, Antoine ends up joining forces with a unit of Kurdish female fighters, fierce women who are ISIS’ biggest nightmare, and the ragtag group of international idealists who have travelled to help them fight.

With adventurers, anarchists, spies and innocent victims, “No Man’s Land” paints a gripping portrait of the men and women caught in this global conflict and provides a unique look at the tragic events in Syria, and the way they affect the entire world.

The series is written by Amit Cohen and Ron Leshem in collaboration with Xabi Molia and directed by Oded Ruskin. The cast includes Félix Moati, Mélanie Thierry and James Purefoy, alongside Souheila Yacoub, Jo Ben Ayed, James Krishna Floyd, Dean Ridge, Julia Faure, François Caron and Céline Samie.

“No Man’s Land” is an 8-part series for Arte and Hulu, produced by Maria Feldman for Masha Productions, Eitan Mansuri and Jonathan Doweck for Spiro Films, Caroline Benjo, Simon Arnal and Carole Scotta for Haut et Court TV. It is co-produced by ARTE France and Versus Production in association with Hulu, with the support of Wallimage, Belga Films Fund and Inver Tax Shelter. Fremantle’s Christian Vesper is co-producer and Fremantle distributes the series internationally.

“The Attaché,” licensed in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Latin America, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom as a Starzplay exclusive, tells the enthralling story of Avshalom, an Israeli Jewish man of Moroccan descent and successful musician who relocates to Paris for his wife Annabelle’s new job as the Attaché to the Israeli embassy in Paris. Becoming an anonymous immigrant in a foreign land soon takes on a new meaning as Avshalom arrives on the same day as the largest terror attack in French history. Their dream romantic year abroad quickly turns into a nightmare – a marital crisis in the eternal capital of romance, a personal immigration crisis in the heart of Europe, and a crisis of masculinity and fatherhood.

The cast includes Eli Ben David, Héloïse Godet, Ilay Lax, Patrick Braoudé and Florence Block. The series is directed and written by Eli Ben David.

“The Attaché” (5×60) is produced for Israeli broadcaster HOT and produced by Abot Hameiri (a Fremantle company). The Executive Producers are Guy Hameiri, Eitan Abot and Dikla Barkai.

In addition to availability on its Direct to Consumer app for iOS and Android in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico and Brazil, Starzplay is available in Europe, Latin America and Japan on Apple TV, in France, Germany, Mexico and the UK on Amazon Prime Video channels, in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK on Rakuten; in Brazil, Mexico and the UK through Roku streaming devices and on the following local platforms: in Mexico on izzi and Totalplay; in Spain on Orange and Vodafone and MÁSMÓVIL; in the UK on Virgin Media; in France on Orange, in Switzerland on UPC and blue+, in India as Lionsgate Play and as Starz in Canada in alliance with Bell Media.

About Starzplay

Starz continues to grow its global footprint with its ongoing expansion of the Starzplay international premium streaming platform. Starzplay’s rapid expansion into 50 countries since its launch in May of 2018 is driven by its ability to provide subscribers access to the “best in global SVOD.” The content offering is comprised of the entire catalog of STARZ premium content, with upcoming STARZ Originals airing exclusively on Starzplay day-and-date with the US, exclusive award-winning and critically acclaimed first-run series and a vast library of blockbuster feature films. Starzplay is available through the direct to consumer Starzplay App in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK; on global digital broadcast services, multi-channel video distributors, telecommunications companies and other online and digital platforms including in Europe and Latin America on Apple TV; in Brazil, France, Germany, Mexico and the UK on Amazon Prime Video channels; in the UK, Germany, Spain, France and Italy on Rakuten, in Brazil, Mexico and the UK through Roku TV and streaming devices and on the following local platforms: in Brazil on Claro, in France on Orange, in Mexico on izzi and Totalplay; in Spain on Orange, Vodafone and MasMovil; in Switzerland on UPC TV, in the UK on Virgin Media; and as Starz in Canada in alliance with Bell Media.

About Lionsgate Play

Lionsgate Play, a premium streaming service from Lionsgate India and Starz, offers bespoke Hollywood content for Indian consumers. It boasts of 2500+ hours of Premium Hollywood content including Premieres, billion dollar Franchise Movies and binge worthy Box Sets. Lionsgate Play has a widely distributed network in the region spanning across partnerships like Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel, Jio FTTH, Apple TV+, Amazon Firestick, OEM’s with an ambitious roadmap ahead. Lionsgate Play also develops and produces a diverse slate of high budget premium Indian originals.

About Fremantle

Fremantle is one of the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. From Got Talent to My Brilliant Friend, Family Feud to The Young Pope, Idols to American Gods, The Price is Right to Neighbours and The X Factor to Enslaved – we are behind the world’s most-loved and most-watched shows. We have an outstanding international network of production teams, companies and labels in over 30 countries – our Fremantle family includes UFA (Germany), Wildside (Italy), Abot Hameiri (Israel), Miso Film (Denmark, Sweden and Norway), Blue Circle (Netherlands), Original Productions (USA) and Easy Tiger (Australia) to name a few. We produce in excess of 12,000 hours of original programming, roll out more than 70 formats and air 400 programmes a year worldwide. We also distribute over 20,000 hours of content in more than 200 territories. As a world leader in digital and branded entertainment, we have more than 370 million subscribers across 1,500 social channels and over 100 billion views across all platforms – and are the creator of Facebook’s most viewed video of all time, The Sacred Riana. For more information, visit www.fremantle.com, or follow us @FremantleHQ and visit our LinkedIn and Facebook pages.



WE ARE WHO WE ARE: Upcoming Episodes





WE ARE WHO WE ARE: Upcoming Episodes

Season 1, Episode 5 “Right Here Right Now V”
Debut Date: MONDAY, OCTOBER 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
As the power struggle between Sarah (Chloë Sevigny) and Richard (Scott Mescudi) escalates, the relationship between their wives continues to grow, and Sarah fuels the fire by spending time with Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón) on the base’s virtual shooting range. Later, Caitlin asks Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) for help making a bold statement; Danny (Spence Moore II) questions Jenny (Faith Alabi) about his biological father as he dives deeper into Islam; and Fraser forms his own connection with Jonathan (Tom Mercier).
Written by Luca Guadagnino, Paolo Giordano, and Francesca Manieri; Directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Season 1, Episode 6 “Right Here Right Now VI”
Debut Date: MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Sarah (Chloë Sevigny) is thrilled to learn about her son’s burgeoning friendship with Jonathan (Tom Mercier) and, grateful for a strong male influence in Fraser’s (Jack Dylan Grazer) life, encourages them to spend more time together – even if Maggie (Alice Braga) doesn’t understand. Richard (Scott Mescudi) uses a father-daughter hunting trip to get inside Caitlin’s (Jordan Kristine Seamón) head. Later, Sarah receives a phone call that will forever alter life on base.
Written by Luca Guadagnino, Paolo Giordano, and Francesca Manieri; Directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Season 1, Episode 7 “Right Here Right Now VII”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
The friend group fractures even further over their hatred for Colonel Wilson (Chloë Sevigny), whom they blame for a tragedy that’s rocked the base. As Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón) momentarily pauses her self-discovery journey and Danny (Spence Moore II) fully commits to his, Richard’s (Scott Mescudi) insubordination reaches a breaking point, forcing Wilson to make a difficult decision.
Written by Luca Guadagnino, Paolo Giordano, and Francesca Manieri; Directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Season 1, Episode 8 “Right Here Right Now VIII And Last” (Season Finale)
Debut Date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
In honor of her last day in Italy, Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón) and Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) sneak off to catch a concert in Bologna. Along the way, Fraser finally feels comfortable admitting a shocking secret about Mark and finds a new friend in Luca before he and Caitlin spend their final moments together in the most beautiful place on earth.
Written by Luca Guadagnino, Paolo Giordano, and Francesca Manieri; Directed by Luca Guadagnino.

WE ARE WHO WE ARE is an HBO-Sky co-production; showrunner, executive producer, writer, director Luca Guadagnino; executive produced by Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment and Mario Gianani for Wildside, both Fremantle companies, with Small Forward, alongside Guadagnino, Elena Recchia, Nick Hall, Sean Conway, and Francesco Melzi d’Eril; Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri write alongside Guadagnino. International Distributor: Fremantle.



Luca Guadagnino’s New HBO/Sky Drama Series WE ARE WHO WE ARE Debuts September 14





Luca Guadagnino’s New HBO/Sky Drama Series WE ARE WHO WE ARE Debuts September 14

Produced By The Apartment And Wildside, Both Fremantle Companies, With Small Forward


Academy Award-nominated Luca Guadagnino brings his unique cinematic style to television for the first time with the eight-episode series WE ARE WHO WE ARE, debuting MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. A story about two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy, the series explores friendship, first-love, identity, and immerses the audience in all the messy exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager – a story which could happen anywhere in the world, but in this case, happens in this little slice of America in Italy. The series was an official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight and will be a special screening as an official selection of the 2020 San Sebastián International Film Festival.

WE ARE WHO WE ARE will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

Luca Guadagnino is a director, screenwriter and producer known for his visually arresting style and his affecting psychological portraits. His credits include the Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated “I Am Love,” “A Bigger Splash,” the Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated box office hit “Call Me by Your Name” and, most recently, the cult film “Suspiria.”

The cast of WE ARE WHO WE ARE includes: Chloë Sevigny, Jack Dylan Grazer, Alice Braga, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Spence Moore II, Scott Mescudi, Faith Alabi, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

Jack Dylan Grazer stars as shy and introverted fourteen-year-old Fraser, who moves from New York to a military base in Veneto with his mothers, Sarah (Chloë Sevigny) and Maggie (Alice Braga), who are both in the U.S. Army. Tom Mercier (Jonathan) plays Sarah’s assistant.

Jordan Kristine Seamón stars as the seemingly bold and confident Caitlin, who has lived with her family on the base for several years and speaks Italian. Compared to her older brother Danny (Spence Moore II), Caitlin has the closer relationship with their father, Richard (Mescudi), and does not communicate well with her mother Jenny (Faith Alabi).

Caitlin is the lynchpin of her group of friends, which includes Britney (Francesca Scorsese), an outspoken, witty, sexually uninhibited girl; the cheerful and good-natured Craig (Corey Knight), a soldier in his twenties; Sam (Ben Taylor), Caitlin’s possessive boyfriend, and Craig’s younger brother; Enrico (Sebastiano Pigazzi), a playful eighteen-year-old from Veneto, who has a weak spot for Britney; and Valentina (Beatrice Barichella), an Italian girl.
Episodes include:

Episode 1: “Right Here Right Now I”
Debut date: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
When Sarah Wilson (Chloë Sevigny) is named the new commander of a difficult military unit in Chioggia, Italy, she uproots her wife Maggie (Alice Braga) and teenage son Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) from their lives in New York City to start a new chapter in this unfamiliar seaside town. While Sarah contends with her new position and Maggie resumes her work at the army’s clinic, Fraser longs for Mark, a friend he left behind in New York, and seems uninterested in connecting with the other teenagers on base – until he meets Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón).
Written by Luca Guadagnino, Paolo Giordano, and Francesca Manieri; directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Episode 2: “Right Here Right Now II”
Debut date: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
The arrival of Caitlin’s (Jordan Kristine Seamón) period accelerates her secret desire to experiment with her gender expression – and to flirt with girls, test boundaries with her boyfriend Sam (Ben Taylor), and spar with her father Richard (Scott Mescudi). As she and her brother Danny (Spence Moore II) continue to clash with their mother Jenny (Faith Alabi), Caitlin’s relationships with her both her dad and Danny’s best friend Craig (Corey Knight) deepen. Later, Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) discovers Caitlin’s secret, which forever changes the nature of their relationship.
Written by Luca Guadagnino, Paolo Giordano, and Francesca Manieri; directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Episode 3: “Right Here Right Now III”
Debut date: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
A fracture begins to form within the friend group following Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón) and Sam’s (Ben Taylor) breakup. While Sam turns to the open arms of Britney (Francesca Scorsese), Caitlin is judged for spending more time with Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer). Later, Maggie (Alice Braga) attends the Chioggia Festival with the neighborhood women and finds an unexpected companion in Jenny (Faith Alabi). Meanwhile, the progress Colonel Wilson (Chloë Sevigny) has made in her new role is derailed when she decides to deploy her troops early – and her complex relationship with Fraser is rattled when his crush becomes her only ally.
Written by Luca Guadagnino, Paolo Giordano, and Francesca Manieri; directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Episode 4: “Right Here Right Now IV”
Debut date: MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
With his deployment timeline fast-tracked, Craig (Corey Knight) spontaneously proposes to his Italian girlfriend, Valentina (Beatrice Barichella). Determined to ship him off with a celebration he’ll never forget, his friends pool their resources for a Hawaiian-themed wedding that leads to an evening of debauchery.
Written by Luca Guadagnino, Paolo Giordano, and Francesca Manieri; directed by Luca Guadagnino.

An HBO-Sky co-production; showrunner, executive producer, writer, director Luca Guadagnino; executive produced by Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment and Mario Gianani for Wildside, both Fremantle companies, with Small Forward, alongside Guadagnino, Elena Recchia, Nick Hall, Sean Conway, and Francesco Melzi d’Eril; Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri write alongside Guadagnino. International Distributor: Fremantle.



HBO Fall 2020 Programming Overview





ROOM 104 (Anthology Series)

Synopsis: Set in a single room of a typical American chain motel, this anthology series tells different stories of the assorted characters who pass through it. From creators and executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass, episodes range from comedy to drama to horror.
S4 Cast: Mark Duplass, Hari Nef, Logan Miller, Jillian Bell, Jon Bass, Dave Bautista, Melissa Fumero, Vivian Bang, Finn Roberts, Adam Shapiro, Breeda Wool, Kevin Nealon, Erinn Hayes, Ron Funches, Sadie Stanley, Shannon Purser, Kendra Carelli, Benjamin Papac, Alison Jaye, Tim Granaderos, Oliva Crocicchia, Harvey Guillen, Gary Cole, Linda Lavin, Jennifer Kim, Kevin McKidd, Desean Terry, Suzanne Nichols, Leonardo Nam, Lily Gladstone, Jordyn Lucas, Natasha Perez, Jake Green, Ntare Mwine, Rebecca Hazlewood, and Susan Park.

S4 Credits: Created by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass; executive producers, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Sydney Fleischmann, Mel Eslyn and Tyler Romary; co-executive producer, Julian Wass. Season four directors include: Mark Duplass, Karan Soni, Ross Partridge, Jenée LaMarque, Mel Eslyn, Lauren Budd, Natalie Morales, Patrick Brice, Julian Wass and Sydney Fleischmann. Season four writers include: Mark Duplass, Jenée LaMarque, Lauren Parks, Mel Eslyn, Lauren Budd, Bryan Poyser, and Julian Wass.
Status: The fourth and final season debuted July 24; Series finale airs October 9.

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY (Drama Series)

Synopsis: From showrunner and executive producer Misha Green and ased on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, this series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). Their search-and-rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and monstrous creatures that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.

Cast: Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Aunjanue Ellis, Abbey Lee. Jada Harris, Wunmi Mosaku, and Michael Kenneth Williams. Recurring guests include Courtney B. Vance, Jamie Chung, Jamie Neumann, Jordan Patrick Smith, and Tony Goldwyn.

Credits: executive produced by Misha Green, J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange, Daniel Sackheim and David Knoller (executive producer on Episode 1); based on the novel by Matt Ruff. Produced by afemme, Inc., Bad Robot Productions and Monkeypaw Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Status: Debuts August 16; Finale airs October 18

WE ARE WHO WE ARE (Drama Series)

Synopsis: Academy Award-nominated Luca Guadagnino brings his unique cinematic style to television for the first time with this eight-episode series. A story about two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy, the series explores friendship, first-love, and identity, and immerses the audience in all the messy exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager – a story which could happen anywhere in the world, but in this case, happens in this little slice of America in Italy. The series was an official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight.

Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Jack Dylan Grazer, Alice Braga, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Kid Cudi, Faith Alabi, Spence Moore II, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier and Sebastiano Pigazzi.
Credits: An HBO-Sky co-production; showrunner, executive producer, writer, director Luca Guadagnino; executive produced by Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment and Mario Gianani for Wildside, both Fremantle companies, with Small Forward, alongside Guadagnino, Elena Recchia, Nick Hall, Sean Conway, and Francesco Melzi d’Eril; Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri write alongside Guadagnino. International Distributor: Fremantle.

Status: Debuts September 14.

THE THIRD DAY (Limited Series)

Synopsis: Told over the first three episodes, “Summer” stars Jude Law as Sam, a man who is drawn to a mysterious Island off the British coast where he encounters a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost. “Winter” unfolds over the latter three episodes and stars Naomie Harris as Helen, a strong-willed outsider who comes to the island seeking answers, but whose arrival precipitates a fractious battle to decide its fate.

Cast: Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Katherine Waterston, Emily Watson and Paddy Considine.

Credits: THE THIRD DAY is a co-production between Sky and HBO. It is the first original drama to be produced by Sky’s new production house, Sky Studios, in conjunction with Plan B Entertainment, the world-renowned immersive theatre company Punchdrunk and Dennis Kelly (“Utopia,” “Pulling”). Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly executive produce.
Status: Debuts September 14.

COASTAL ELITES (Special)

Synopsis: Produced entirely under quarantine, this brand-new special, features an all-star cast playing characters from New York to Los Angeles coping with politics and the pandemic. The special tells stories of breaking down and breaking through that are funny, searing, poignant and now.

Cast: Stars Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever, Dan Levy, Sarah Paulson and Issa Rae.

Credits: Written by Paul Rudnick; Directed by Jay Roach; Executive producers, Paul Rudnick, Jay Roach, Jeffrey Seller, Flody Suarez, Scott Chaloff and Michelle Graham.

Status: Debuts September 2020.

THE UNDOING (Limited Drama Series)

Synopsis: The six-part limited series stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant as Grace and Jonathan Fraser who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.

Cast: Stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Edgar Ramirez, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Matilda De Angelis, Lily Rabe, Noma Dumezweni, Noah Jupe, Sofie Gråbøl and Donald Sutherland.

Credits: Directed by Susanne Bier; created and written for television by David E. Kelley, who also serves as showrunner; executive produced by Susanne Bier, David E. Kelley through David E. Kelley Productions, Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea through Made Up Stories, Stephen Garrett and Celia Costas; based on the novel “You Should Have Known,” by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
Status: Debuts this fall.

HIS DARK MATERIALS (Drama Series)

S2 Synopsis: Lord Asriel has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra follows Asriel into the unknown. In a strange and mysterious abandoned city she meets Will, a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary.

Cast: Series regulars include Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, Clarke Peters, James Cosmo, Anne-Marie Duff, Will Keen and Ariyon Bakare. Voice cast includes Helen McCrory, David Suchet, Cristela Alonzo, Kit Connor, Brian Fisher and Joe Tandberg.

Credits: HIS DARK MATERIALS is produced by Bad Wolf in association with New Line Cinema for BBC One and HBO. Executive producing the series are Jane Tranter, Dan McCulloch, Joel Collins and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Philip Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper; Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema; and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for the BBC.
Status: Season 2 debuts this fall.

INDUSTRY (Drama Series)

Synopsis: From first-time creators Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, the series follows a group of young graduates competing for a limited number of permanent positions at a leading international investment bank in London. Industry gives an insider’s view of the blackbox of ‘high finance’ through the eyes of an outsider – Harper Stern, a talented young woman from upstate New York. Fueled by ambition, youth, romance and drugs, INDUSTRY examines issues of gender, race, class, and privilege in the workplace as five impressionable young minds begin to forge their identities within the pressure cooker environment and sensory blitz of Pierpoint & Co’s trading floor, where meritocracy is promised but hierarchy is king.

Cast: Myha’la Herrold, Marisa Abela, Harry Lawtey, David Jonsson, Nabhaan Rizwan, Conor MacNeill, Freya Mavor, Will Tudor And Ken Leung.

Credits: Created and executive produced by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Executive produced by Jane Tranter, Lachlan MacKinnon, Ryan Rasmussen, David Davis and by Ben Irving for BBC; Co-Executive produced by Ed Lilly; Produced by Lee Thomas. Produced for HBO / BBC by Bad Wolf. Writers: Konrad Kay, Mickey Down, Sam H. Freeman, Kate Verghese. Directors: Lena Dunham, Ed Lilly, Tinge Krishnan, Mary Nighy

Status: Debuts this fall.

THE PERFECT WEAPON (Documentary)

Synopsis: Based on a best-selling book by New York Times national security correspondent David E. Sanger, The Perfect Weapon explores the rise of cyber conflict as the primary way nations now compete with and sabotage one another. As fear mounts about how potential cyberattacks will affect 2020 elections in the U.S., the film features interviews with top military, intelligence and political officials and includes on-the-ground reporting from the frontlines of the cyber wars.
Credits: directed by John Maggio; executive producers, John Maggio, Josh Tyrangiel and David E. Sanger.
Status: Debuts this fall.

AMERICAN UTOPIA (Special)
Synopsis: HBO will present the filmed version of the acclaimed Broadway show “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” directed by Academy Award winning director Spike Lee. DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA is a unifying musical celebration that inspires audiences to connect to each other and to the global community. This one-of-a-kind, dynamic film gives audiences around the world access to Byrne’s electrifying Broadway show that played to sold-out, record-breaking audiences during its run from October 2019 to February 2020 at Broadway’s Hudson Theater.

Credits: Participant, River Road Entertainment and Warner Music Entertainment are executive producing and financing the project, with Participant as lead; Produced by David Byrne’s Todomundo and Lee’s Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks production companies; Executive produced by RadicalMedia. David Byrne and Spike Lee serve as producers. Participant’s Jeff Skoll, David Linde, and Diane Weyermann executive produce; along with Warner Music Group’s Len Blavatnik, David Bither, Charlie Cohen, and Kurt Deutsch; Bill Pohlad and Christa Zofcin Workman of River Road; and RadicalMedia’s Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick and Meredith Bennett. Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson and Patrick Catullo, who produced the Broadway production, also serve as executive producers.
Status: Debuts this fall.

BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME (Special)
Synopsis: Based on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ #1 New York Times bestseller and originally adapted and staged by the Apollo Theater, the special will combine elements of that production, including powerful readings from Coates’ book, and will be directed by award-winning director and Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes. Forbes, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Susan Kelechi Watson are also executive producers. Oscar-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams is producing. It will also incorporate documentary footage from the actors’ home life, archival footage, and animation.

Credits: Directed by Kamilah Forbes who also serves as executive producer; executive produced by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Susan Kelechi Watson; produced by Roger Ross Williams. Williams’ production company ONE STORY UP produces.

Status: Debuts this fall.

HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON (Unscripted Comedy Series)
Synopsis: This first-person documentary series is hosted by an anxious New Yorker who attempts to give everyday advice while dealing with his own personal issues. Acting as both cameraman and narrator, John covertly documents the lives of fellow New Yorkers in a comic odyssey of self-discovery, inevitably making the audience comfortable with the awkward contradictions of modern life.

Cast: John Wilson

Credits: Executive Producer/Writer/Director/Narrator John Wilson; executive producer, Nathan Fielder; executive producer, Clark Reinking.

Status: Debuts this fall.

THE ART OF POLITICAL MURDER (Documentary)
Synopsis: Based on Francisco Goldman’s book of the same name and executive produced by Oscar winner George Clooney and Grant Heslov, this film tells the story of the 1998 murder of Guatemalan human rights activist Bishop Juan Gerardi, which stunned a country ravaged by decades of political violence. Just two days after presenting a damning report blaming the atrocities of the civil war on the Guatemalan military, Bishop Gerardi was found dead in his home. Fearing a cover-up, the church assembles a team of young investigators to take on the case. They begin to unearth a web of conspiracy and murder, entangling the upper echelons of the government. Directed by Paul Taylor and produced by Teddy Leifer.

Credits: Directed by Paul Taylor and produced by Teddy Leifer.

Status: Debuts this fall.

SIEMPRE, LUIS (Documentary)
Synopsis: First-time filmmaker John James’ film is an inspiring portrait of Luis A. Miranda Jr., a Puerto Rican migrant who helped shape New York politics for over three decades. When Luis A. Miranda Jr. left Puerto Rico for New York City in the 1970s, he had big dreams, but little did he know how far he’d go. Over the course of a year, Luis Miranda’s devotion to family and country propel him forward. Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, he helps plan relief efforts and manages the logistics behind bringing his son Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning production of Hamilton to the island. With humor and heart, SIEMPRE, LUIS tells the story of a proud American.
Credits: Directed by John James

Status: Debuts this fall.

THE SOUL OF AMERICA (Documentary)
Synopsis: An exploration of the themes and stories from American history highlighted in Jon Meacham’s 2017 best-selling book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.” Directed by Katie Davison; produced by Kunhardt Films.

Credits: Directed by Katie Davison, produced by Kunhardt Films.

Status: Debuts this fall.

TRANSHOOD (Documentary)
Synopsis: Filmed over the course of five years in Kansas City, this film is an inspiring chronicle of the lives of four young people and their families as they navigate growing up transgender in America’s heartland. The documentary offers a long range understanding of four transgender youth (aged 4, 7, 12, and 15 at the start of filming) as they redefine “coming of age” and share personal realities of how gender expression is reshaping their American families. Directed by Sharon Liese.

Credits: Directed by Sharon Liese

Status: Debuts this fall.

BABY GOD (Documentary)
Synopsis: This film is a shocking examination of the work of a Las Vegas fertility specialist, the late Dr. Quincy Fortier, who assisted hundreds of couples struggling with difficulty conceiving and the many women he guided to pregnancy through the use of his own sperm without their knowledge or consent. The documentary follows several of his offspring as they grapple with new information about their origins, the scope of Fortier’s misdeeds, and the impact his genes have on how they view their own identities. Directed by Hannah Olson and executive produced by Academy Award nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.
Credits: Directed by Hannah Olson and executive produced by Academy Award nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.

Status: Debuts this fall.

CRAZY, NOT INSANE (Documentary)
Synopsis: Why do we kill? Why do some of us kill, and others resist the temptation? What makes a serial killer? Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis, a psychiatrist who’s worked with numerous serial killers, including Ted Bundy, has been looking to answer these questions for decades. Her controversial work with “multiples,” patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder, led her to develop a unified field theory of what makes a killer. Her research videotapes – which are shown here for the first time – show eerie transformations in violent individuals as they move from character to character. This film is directed and produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (HBO’s “The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”).

Credits: Directed and produced by Alex Gibney.

Status: Debuts this fall.

THE 2020 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY (Special)
Synopsis: The two-hour exclusive special spotlights some of the most memorable names in music for the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cast: The inductees for 2020 are Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex. The Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees are Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.
Status: Debuts November 7.

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL (Sports Series)

Synopsis: REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL goes beyond wins and losses and statistical comparisons with an inside look at the modern world of sports, highlighted by unique and in-depth profiles on athletes and trailblazing newsmakers, timely investigative pieces and impactful global issues that shape and transform the athletic landscape. The monthly series has captured a total of 34 Emmy® Awards and has been a 19-time winner of the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism.
Cast: Bryant Gumbel, Mary Carillo, Bernie Goldberg, Andrea Kremer, Jon Frankel, Soledad O’Brien & David Scott

Credits: Executive Producers: Peter Nelson and Joe Perskie.

Status: Season 26 began January 28. The series celebrated its 25th anniversary season this past April.

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER (Series)

Synopsis: The only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night, this series takes a satirical look at news, politics and current events. Taped in New York a few hours before it debuts, the Emmy®-winning show features Oliver’s topical commentary on the previous week’s events, as well as addressing broader issues.

Cast: John Oliver hosts.

S6 Credits: Executive producers, John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton, Jon Thoday and James Taylor; director, Paul Pennolino. Writers, John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Daniel O’Brien, Owen Parsons, Charlie Redd, Joanna Rothkopf, Chrissy Shackelford, Ben Silva, Seena Vali, Mark Kramer, Johnathan Appel and Liz Hynes.

Status: Show is currently in its seventh season.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (Series)

Synopsis: This weekly live show is devoted to news and comedy, allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues. Editions debut Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
Cast: Bill Maher hosts.

S18 Credits: The executive producers of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER are Bill Maher, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Billy Martin; co-executive producer, Chris Kelly; producer, Matt Wood; associate producers, Chelsea Braun, Miles Leicher, Joaquin Torres; director, Paul Casey.
Status: Show is currently in its 18th season.

AXIOS (Documentary Series)

Synopsis: The bi-weekly series Axios continues with insightful and news making interviews with top leaders and decision makers from a range of sectors including politics, public health, and business. Directed and produced by Emmy® winners Matthew O’Neill and Perri Peltz, the program features Axios’ signature “Smart Brevity” analysis, exclusive documentary-style reporting and in-depth conversations on the topics and trends shaping America.

Credits: Directed and produced by Emmy® winner Matthew O’Neill and Perri Peltz.

Status: The show is currently in its third season.

CINEMAX ORIGINALS

Cinemax originals are also available on demand and via MaxGo.com.

WARRIOR (Drama Series)

Synopsis: Based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, this drama series is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrated from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family).
S2 Cast Regulars: Andrew Koji, Kieran Bew, Celine Buckens, Olivia Cheng, Dianne Doan, Dean Jagger, Langley Kirkwood, Hoon Lee, Christian McKay, Dustin Nguyen (also directing episode 6 of S2), Joe Taslim, Chen Tang, Jason Tobin, Miranda Raison, Joanna Vanderham, Tom Weston-Jones and Perry Yung.
S2 Credits: WARRIOR is produced for Cinemax by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Andrew Schneider executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and Richard Sharkey. Co-executive produced by Kenneth Lin, Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard.

Status: The second season debuts this fall.



WE ARE WHO WE ARE Debuts September 14





Luca Guadagnino’s New HBO/Sky Drama Series WE ARE WHO WE ARE Debuts September 14

Produced By The Apartment And Wildside, Both Fremantle Companies, With Small Forward


Academy Award-nominated Luca Guadagnino brings his unique cinematic style to television for the first time with the eight-episode series WE ARE WHO WE ARE, debuting MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (10:00–11:00 P.M. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. A story about two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy, the series explores friendship, first-love, identity, and immerses the audience in all the messy exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager – a story which could happen anywhere in the world, but in this case, happens in this little slice of America in Italy. The series was an official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight.

WE ARE WHO WE ARE will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

Luca Guadagnino is a director, screenwriter and producer known for his visually arresting style and his affecting psychological portraits. His credits include the Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated “I Am Love,” “A Bigger Splash,” the Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated box office hit “Call Me by Your Name” and, most recently, the cult film “Suspiria.”

The cast of WE ARE WHO WE ARE includes: Chloë Sevigny, Jack Dylan Grazer, Alice Braga, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Spence Moore II, Kid Cudi, Faith Alabi, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

Jack Dylan Grazer stars as shy and introverted fourteen-year-old Fraser, who moves from New York to a military base in Veneto with his mothers, Sarah (Chloë Sevigny) and Maggie (Alice Braga), who are both in the U.S. Army. Tom Mercier (Jonathan) plays Sarah’s assistant.

Jordan Kristine Seamón stars as the seemingly bold and confident Caitlin, who has lived with her family on the base for several years and speaks Italian. Compared to her older brother Danny (Spence Moore II), Caitlin has the closer relationship with their father, Richard (Kid Cudi), and does not communicate well with her mother Jenny (Faith Alabi).

Caitlin is the lynchpin of her group of friends, which includes Britney (Francesca Scorsese), an outspoken, witty, sexually uninhibited girl; the cheerful and good-natured Craig (Corey Knight), a soldier in his twenties; Sam (Ben Taylor), Caitlin’s possessive boyfriend, and Craig’s younger brother; Enrico (Sebastiano Pigazzi), a playful eighteen-year-old from Veneto, who has a weak spot for Britney; and Valentina (Beatrice Barichella), an Italian girl.

An HBO-Sky co-production; showrunner, executive producer, writer, director Luca Guadagnino; executive produced by Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment and Mario Gianani for Wildside, both Fremantle companies, with Small Forward, alongside Guadagnino, Elena Recchia, Nick Hall, Sean Conway, and Francesco Melzi d’Eril; Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri write alongside Guadagnino. International Distributor: Fremantle.



New HBO/Sky Drama Series WE ARE WHO WE ARE Debuts This September





Luca Guadagnino’s New HBO/Sky Drama Series WE ARE WHO WE ARE Debuts This September

Produced By The Apartment And Wildside, Both Fremantle Companies, With Small Forward

Academy Award-nominated Luca Guadagnino brings his unique cinematic style to television for the first time with the eight-episode series WE ARE WHO WE ARE, debuting this September, exclusively on HBO. A story about two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy, the series explores friendship, first-love, identity, and immerses the audience in all the messy exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager – a story which could happen anywhere in the world, but in this case, happens in this little slice of America in Italy.

WE ARE WHO WE ARE will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

Luca Guadagnino is a director, screenwriter and producer known for his visually arresting style and his affecting psychological portraits. His credits include the Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated “I Am Love,” “A Bigger Splash,” the Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated box office hit “Call Me by Your Name” and, most recently, the cult film “Suspiria.”

The cast of WE ARE WHO WE ARE includes: Chloë Sevigny, Jack Dylan Grazer, Alice Braga, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Spence Moore II, Kid Cudi, Faith Alabi, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

Jack Dylan Grazer stars as shy and introverted fourteen-year-old Fraser, who moves from New York to a military base in Veneto with his mothers, Sarah (Chloë Sevigny) and Maggie (Alice Braga), who are both in the U.S. Army. Tom Mercier (Jonathan) plays Sarah’s assistant.

Jordan Kristine Seamón stars as the seemingly bold and confident Caitlin, who has lived with her family on the base for several years and speaks Italian. Compared to her older brother Danny (Spence Moore II), Caitlin has the closer relationship with their father, Richard (Kid Cudi), and does not communicate well with her mother Jenny (Faith Alabi).

Caitlin is the lynchpin of her group of friends, which includes Britney (Francesca Scorsese), an outspoken, witty, sexually uninhibited girl; the cheerful and good-natured Craig (Corey Knight), a soldier in his twenties; Sam (Ben Taylor), Caitlin’s possessive boyfriend, and Craig’s younger brother; Enrico (Sebastiano Pigazzi), a playful eighteen-year-old from Veneto, who has a weak spot for Britney; and Valentina (Beatrice Barichella), an Italian girl.

An HBO-Sky co-production; showrunner, executive producer, writer, director Luca Guadagnino; executive produced by Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment and Mario Gianani for Wildside, both Fremantle companies, with Small Forward, alongside Guadagnino, Elena Recchia, Nick Hall, Sean Conway, and Francesco Melzi d’Eril; Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri write alongside Guadagnino. International Distributor: Fremantle.