AMC to take over Humans from Xbox Entertainment Studios
| 23 September 2014
Kudos and UK broadcaster Channel 4 will co-produce the drama series Humans, which is set to start filming this autumn. It will be shown on AMC in the United States.
They will take over for Xbox Entertainment Studios, which originally conceived Humans as part of an original content push for Microsoft's popular gaming console. XES is being shut down in the wake of Microsoft's ongoing restructuring.
Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.
"We would like to welcome AMC on board in a deal which reflects our continued commitment to this ambitious, highly original new drama," said Dan Isaacs, COO at Kudos. "AMC has produced some of the most exquisitely crafted, ground-breaking, talked about television in recent years and the prospect of working together to deliver a drama of genuine scale and originality to the screen is enormously exciting. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) for being a strong advocate and partner on this project. We look forward to seeing what lies ahead for the talented team there."
XES president Nancy Tellem added, "I am proud of the work we have done shepherding Humans to this point, as well as facilitating and ensuring a smooth transition for our friends at Kudos/Shine and Channel 4. While we focus on our future plans, given the show's production timetable and the support required to guarantee a successful co-production with a shared first window, we wanted to make certain the show found the right home now. We couldn't be more optimistic about Humans long-term future at AMC."