SYFY UK makes three key acquisitions from Disney
Joseph O'Halloran
| 19 March 2018

NBCUniversal International Networks’ science fiction and fantasy genre channel SYFY, has acquired exclusive UK premiere rights to three new dramas from Disney UK & Ireland.

The new programming comprises Marvel’s Runaways, a television series based on the Marvel comic, supernatural thriller Siren and sci-fi crime drama Stitchers. Marvel’s Runaways will premiere in the UK on SYFY on 18 April, with Siren following in May and Stitchers later this year.

Developed by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios, Marvel’s Runaways tells the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but must unite against a common foe: their parents. The series, already commissioned for a second season, stars Rhenzy Feliz as Alex Wilder, Lyrica Okano as Nico Minoru, Virginia Gardner as Karolina Dean, Ariela Barer as Gert Yorkes, Gregg Sulkin as Chase Stein and Allegra Acosta as Molly Hernandez.

Set in a coastal town that is legendary for having once being home to evil mermaids, Siren tells the story of a battle between man and sea as the predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. Stitchers follows a young woman, Kristen (Emma Ishta) who is recruited into a covert government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the recently deceased to decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave.

“A team of science fiction fans ourselves, we are thrilled to be featuring three exciting UK premieres – Marvel’s Runaways, Siren and Stitchers on SYFY UK’s spring schedule,” commented Lee Raftery, MD UK and emerging markets and chief marketing and content officer of NBCUniversal International. “As the destination brand for science fiction and fantasy genres, these new shows deliver on our brand promise, engaging our fans with new superhero action from the Marvel Universe to a unique twist on the legend of mermaids, along with mind-bending mysteries.”