AMC, September 22, 2014

Kudos, AMC and Channel 4 Strike New Partnership Deal On Humans

Kudos, Channel 4 and AMC today announce a new co-production deal for the bold and ambitious drama series Humans, which is set to start filming this Autumn.

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.

The new deal is brokered by Dan Isaacs COO Kudos, Kerry Ball Senior Vice President of digital Business Development, Shine International, Marci Wiseman, Head of Business Affairs and Kristin Jones International Acquisitions and Co-Productions at AMC, and Ben McLean, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at Xbox Entertainment Studios.

Kudos and C4 “We would like to welcome AMC on-board in a deal which reflects our continued commitment to this ambitious, highly original new drama. AMC have 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 says ”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,” said XES President Nancy Tellem.  “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.”

’Humans’ is that rare sci-fi series that puts the emphasis squarely on the character aspect of the story, and explores the emotional impact that will come with an increasingly blurry line between human and machine. We’re thrilled to be working with Kudos and Channel 4, both of whom have shown a long-standing commitment to smart, and deeply original drama series” said Joel Stillerman, Executive Vice President, programming, production and digital content for AMC.

Humans (8 x 60’) will be made by Kudos (Utopia, Broadchurch, The Hour) in association with Matador Films (Real Humans) for broadcast on Channel 4 and AMC in 2015. Executive producers are Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Utopia, The Hour) and Derek Wax (The Hour, Occupation, Lip Service) for Kudos with Chris Fry (The Smoke) set to produce for Kudos and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. Commissioned for Channel 4 by Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell and Kristin Jones and Joel Stillerman for AMC.  Humans is adapted by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), from ‘Real Humans’ the original Swedish production from Sveriges Television (SVT) and Matador Films, distribution will be handled by Shine International.

About AMC
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and six of the last seven with current back-to-back honoree, “Breaking Bad.” The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Hell on Wheels,” “Turn,” “Halt and Catch Fire” and the forthcoming “Breaking Bad” prequel, “Better Call Saul.” AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like “Talking Dead,” “Comic Book Men,” “Game of Arms” and “4th and Loud.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

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Contact:

Kudos/Shine International press contact: Alex Wells, alex.wells@shinegroup.tv +44 (0)20 7985 7173

Channel 4 press contact: Elena Kemp, ekemp@channel4.co.uk +44 (0) 20 7306 3690

AMC press contact: Marnie Black, marnie.black@amc.com (917) 542-6361 and Jim Maiella, jim.maiella@amcnetworks.com (646) 273-7911