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Channel 4 and Xbox announce new sci-fi drama Humans

Channel four and Xbox announce new sci-fi drama People

Xbox Leisure Studios and UK broadcaster Channel four introduced an progressive partnership to co-produce “People,” a daring new drama. The hour-long, eight-episode collection will likely be produced by award-winning UK manufacturing firm, Kudos (“The Hour,” “Utopia,” “Broadchurch”). “People” will share a premiere broadcast window on each the Xbox platform in North America and Channel four within the UK in 2015.
Written by British writing group Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” “Spooks: The Higher Good”), “People” is an English-language adaptation of Sveriges Tv and Matador Movie’s acclaimed collection “Actual People.” “People” is ready in a parallel current the place the newest must-have gadget for any busy household is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily just like its dwell counterpart. Within the hope of remodeling the way in which they dwell, one strained suburban household purchases a refurbished synth solely to find that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling penalties.

“‘People’ not solely questions private relationships, we cherished how this sci-fi present toys with actuality and our connection to expertise,” mentioned Xbox Leisure Studios President Nancy Tellem. She added, “This cope with Channel four and Kudos underscores Xbox Leisure Studios’ dedication to programming premium TV collection with international companions and creating participating interactive experiences.”

Including to a quickly increasing slate of premium tv experiences from Xbox Leisure Studios, “People” is the newest in a broad portfolio of formidable packages enhanced with unique interactive options, geared toward Millennials. Different beforehand introduced tasks embody a “Halo” tv collection government produced by Steven Spielberg, “Each Road United,” an unscripted collection in regards to the globally vital sport of avenue soccer, a tech-focused documentary collection by award-winning producers Simon and Jonathan Chinn, the dwell occasion Bonnaroo Music and Arts Pageant, and a “Halo” digital characteristic undertaking government produced by Ridley Scott and David Zucker.

“In People, Sam and Jon haven’t solely crafted an ingenious and imaginative thriller, they’re additionally asking huge, thought-provoking questions on how we dwell,” mentioned Piers Wenger, Head of Drama for Channel four.  “I am thrilled to be working as soon as once more with the group at Kudos and to be partnering with Xbox Leisure Studios to deliver this extraordinary and epic collection to the display. That is the primary co-production fee to learn from Channel four’s elevated funding in drama and reaffirms our dedication to formidable, extremely unique drama collection.”

“Exploring themes of affection, discrimination and integration, this thrilling, fantastically written collection permits us to get beneath the pores and skin of what it means to be human in probably the most compelling method,” mentioned Jane Featherstone, Govt Producer for Kudos. “The daring, progressive storylines and subject material lend themselves completely to this pioneering collaboration with Channel four and Xbox.”

Jane Featherstone and Derek Wax will government produce for Kudos, together with Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström, from Matador Movies, the chief producers of the unique Swedish format. Chris Fry (“The Smoke”) will produce. Distribution will likely be dealt with by Shine Worldwide.

Casting for “People” will start in Might 2014 and manufacturing will begin later this summer time.

Phil Warren

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