Starz teams with Sky Atlantic for drama co-production

Editor | 09-04-2013
After establishing itself as a hub for drama, Sky Atlantic has revealed what it calls its 'most ambitious drama commission to date' in a co-production with US network Starz.
The agreement is centred around FORTITUDE, a 13-part drama that is a Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect production, exclusively for Sky Atlantic in the UK and Starz in the USA.
The series is written by Simon Donald (Low Winter Sun) and will be executive produced by Anne Mensah and Madonna Baptiste for Sky, Patrick Spence and Simon Donald for Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect and Colin Callender for Starz. The series was commissioned by Anne Mensah for Sky Atlantic HD. It will be shot on location later in 2013 and will transmit on Sky Atlantic HD in the UK and Starz in the USA in 2014. Casting will be announced in due course.
FORTITUDE joins a growing slate of original UK drama commissions for Sky Atlantic HD and the commission forms part of Sky's commitment to increase investment in original British content by 50%. By 2014, Sky expects to invest 600 million a year in British programmes across its portfolio of channels.
Commenting on the deal, Anne Mensah, Sky's head of drama, said: "FORTITUDE is a dark and adult drama which will sit perfectly alongside the wealth of high-end content that our customers have come to expect on Sky Atlantic. I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Starz on this, our most ambitious drama to date."
Added Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of original programming at Starz: "FORTITUDE is another exciting project with Colin Callender that we are thrilled to collaborate with Sky Atlantic on to bring to the United States. Starz is known for larger than life, cinematic programming and we expect nothing less from this unique new series."