BBC Worldwide Americas and AMC announced today a major licensing and co-production deal for Hustle, the awarding winning Kudos production for the BBC.
The deal, brokered by BBC Worldwide America's sales team, grants AMC exclusive rights for the first and second series, as well as a co-production partnership for series three with an option for series four. The internationally acclaimed series will premier on AMC in January 2006 in letterbox format.
Commenting on the deal Candace Carlisle, Senior Vice President, BBC Worldwide Americas, says: "Securing the right platform is essential for a series to succeed in the competitive US market. We believe that AMC's commitment to quality scripted series and wide audiences will make it the perfect home for Hustle in the US.
"The quality and originality of the series has resulted in international acclaim and I'm confident that American audiences will be as intrigued and entertained by the hustlers as fans have been around the world!"
Rob Sorcher, Executive Vice President, AMC added: "Hustle is the epitome of cinematic cool, a tribute to the great heist and caper films of the past, which will fit perfectly within our slate of original programs. Like recent films such as Oceans 11 and The Italian Job, film fans will love this series. It is sophisticated, timeless, stylish and fun and it will be a great addition to our original programming slate."
Starring Adrian Lester (Primary Colors, Maybe Baby), Robert Vaughn (The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt), Robert Glenister (Murder, My Fragile Heart), Marc Warren (State of Play) and newcomer Jaime Murray, Hustle is an action-packed blend of humor and intrigue which follows the fortunes of a group of expert con artists let loose on the streets of London. Playing tricks with trust, the hustlers are likeable, loveable rogues evoking the wit and warmth of Ocean's Eleven.
Created by Tony Jordan and executive produced by Jane Featherstone (Touching Evil) and Simon Crawford Collins - replicating the successful team that brought Spooks (called MI5 in some regions) to the BBC.
The first series has already sold to more than a thirty territories including New Zealand, Slovenia, Korea, Italy, Dubai, Canada, Vietnam, Poland, Far East, Spain, Croatia, France, Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, Israel.
Notes to editors
AMC, a division of Rainbow Media's Entertainment Services, which also includes WE: Women's Entertainment and IFC Companies, is a 24-hour, movie-based network, dedicated to the American movie fan.
The network, which reaches over 86,000,000 homes, offers a comprehensive library of popular movies and a critically-acclaimed slate of original programming that is a diverse, movie-based mix of original series, documentaries and specials.
Over the past three years, AMC has garnered many of the industry's highest honors, including 14 Emmy awards. AMC is "TV for movie people."