“There’s such a content boom and so many new players,” Barnett says. “Audience behavior is being driven by technology in all sorts of new ways. We had to think about what kind of content people are excited to consume on a linear platform and what they will no longer come for. Barnett and her team looked to series like Doctor Who, Orphan Black, and Top Gear, which each have vocal fanbases, as a guide in looking for new series.
Among the projects is Max Landis’s Dirky Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, which recently began production and is set for an October 22 premiere. Also set for later this year is Ripper Street, returning for season four on July 28, and limited series Undercover on Nov. 17.
Included in the development slate are:
Memoria, a drama from writer Adam Barken and Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions, about a man who begins to unravel after his memories conflict with those recalled by technology.
Zero Motivation, a comedic drama set among women in the Israeli army. Tami Sagher is writing for Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite banner, which is producing with Natasha Lyonne and Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie. Elon Ratzkovsky and Brooke Posch also executive produce.
Foreign Babes in Beijing a drama about the experiences of actress Rachel DeWoskin, who left New York to star in a Chinese soap opera. The show is produced by Maria and Andre Jacquemetton with DeWoskin and Zayn Dorn. Dan Halstead also produces.
Quatermass, a remake of the British series about a professor and his daughter who investigate an alien invasion, written by Jeremy Dyson for Red. StudioCanal will handle international distribution.
Trip, written by Louise Fox, is a new spin on the Chinese novel Monkey: Journey to the West. See-Saw Films is producing.
Junk is billed as a satirical look at the soda and junk food industry. Dean Craig is writing with Neal Baer executive producing.
Emily J | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by Variety.