COMMISSIONED BY SKY ATLANTIC AND CANAL+, SUNDANCETV HAS COME ON BOARD AS A CO-PRODUCER
OPENING TITLE MUSIC BY DAVID BOWIE
Cannes, France – October 5, 2015 – THE LAST PANTHERS, a six-part crime series, will air in the spring of 2016 on SundanceTV in the U.S. Commissioned by Sky Atlantic and CANAL+, SundanceTV has come on board as a co-producer of the series. THE LAST PANTHERS stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Samantha Morton (Minority Report, Longford), French César Award winner Tahar Rahim (A Prophet, The Past), Goran Bogdan (We Will Be The World Champions, Na terapiji) and BAFTA and Golden Globe® Award winner actor John Hurt (Midnight Express, Elephant Man). Joint distribution is handled by STUDIOCANAL and Sky Vision. The opening title music is by legendary artist David Bowie.
THE LAST PANTHERS is the latest to join SundanceTV’s line-up of acclaimed international series, including recently announced co-production CLEVERMAN from Australia, the upcoming season two of the International Emmy®-winning THE RETURNED which debuts on Halloween night, DEUTSCHLAND 83, which launched to critical acclaim in June 2015, and many more. Sky will premiere THE LAST PANTHERS on Nov. 12, launching simultaneously across all five markets in which Sky operates, the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Austria. CANAL+ will also premiere in France later this year.
Based on real events inspired by the notorious Balkan jewel thieves, THE LAST PANTHERS has been selected as the official MIPCOM 2015 World Premiere TV Screening, Mon., 5 Oct. in Cannes. Produced by Haut et Court TV (The Returned) and Warp Films (Southcliffe), THE LAST PANTHERS (6 x 60) is set in modern day Europe gripped by new forms of crime on an epic scale. Based on an idea by French journalist Jérôme Pierrat, and co-created and written by Jack Thorne (Skins), the series is directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad).
“We’re so proud to partner with the world-class team behind THE LAST PANTHERS,” said Christian Vesper, SVP of international programming, development, acquisitions and co-productions, SundanceTV. “This series has incredible energy and high-stakes drama that we are confident will connect with our SundanceTV audience, and further expand our slate of high-quality, original series from around the globe.”
ABOUT THE LAST PANTHERS
THE LAST PANTHERS opens with a daring diamond heist bearing all the hallmarks of a gang known as the Pink Panthers. But the tragic death of a little girl during the raid sets a collision course in motion involving a British insurance agent, a French-Algerian cop and a Serbian diamond thief. THE LAST PANTHERS plunges the audience into a modern day Europe gripped by new forms of crime on an epic scale. The interplay between traffickers in jewels and drugs, European officials, war criminals and city bankers impact every one of us in ways we cannot foresee.
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Since its launch in 1996, SundanceTV has remained true to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity and distinctive storytelling through unique voices and narratives found in the best independent films. From delivering critically acclaimed Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winning television featuring some of the world’s most talented creators and performers, to showcasing some of the most compelling and iconic films across genres and generations, SundanceTV is a smart and thought-provoking entertainment destination. SundanceTV is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.; its sister networks include AMC, IFC, BBC America and WEtv. SundanceTV is available across all platforms, including on-air, online at www.sundance.tv, on demand and mobile.
STUDIOCANAL is a subsidiary of the CANAL+ Group and one of Europe’s leading distributors and producers of feature films and TV content and experts in international co-production.
STUDIOCANAL is the only studio operating simultaneously in the three main European territories – France, the United Kingdom and Germany – as well as in Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important libraries in the world, with more than 5,000 international titles.
STUDIOCANAL has financed acclaimed and award-winning films including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Inside Llewyn Davis; NON STOP; Paddington and Shaun The Sheep.
STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of acclaimed, award-winning production companies; RED PRODUCTION COMPANY (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) in the UK, TANDEM PRODUCTIONS (Crossing Lines, Spotless) in Germany and SAM PRODUCTIONS in Denmark.
ABOUT SKY VISION
Sky Vision is the international distribution arm of Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company. Sky Vision represents nearly 4000 hours of quality content from Sky channels and third party programming.
The company forms an integral part of Sky’s strategy to grow a broad, international content business spanning broadcasting, production and distribution.
Sky Vision works extensively with independent producers and has established development deals with a number of companies including Znak & Jones Productions and Ugly Brother Studios in the US, and in the UK with Love Productions, Blast! Films, back2back productions, Spark Media Partners, ACME Films, Chalkboard TV, Hungry Bear Media, Spring Films and Roughcut TV.
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