EPIX boosts original content slate with major studios
DetailsEditor | 22 May 2015
Premium TV network EPIX is adding original, scripted series to its programming slate, beginning with series from its joint-venture studio partners Paramount, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The company is to begin production of two of the series this autumn for premiere in 2016. The series, Graves from Lionsgate Television www.lionsgate.com and Berlin Station from Paramount Television, will be the first original series that will appear on EPIX across its channels, EPIX On Demand, EPIX.com and TV everywhere platforms with its distribution partners. A third original series from MGM will be announced in the near future.
"Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM are great partners, investors and supporters of our network and are proven leaders in television entertainment," said EPIX CEO and president Mark Greenberg. "Tapping into the creative talents of these entertainment powerhouses to deliver this kind of compelling programming is exactly what we had envisioned when we created this joint venture and launched the channel. Our focus was on business success and profitability first, and having established that firm business foundation we are now in a position to launch our original series with these two great shows from Lionsgate and Paramount and a third on the way from MGM."
"We are working with EPIX to develop our next exciting series and look forward to bringing our signature style and storytelling to EPIX soon," added Roma Khanna, president of MGM Television Group and Digital. "From Vikings to Fargo, MGM Television is the force behind some of the most exciting and award-winning series currently on television."
In addition to the new scripted series, EPIX will continue to present original documentaries and docu-series, comedy specials and music events. There will also be new films including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Selma and Interstellar.