Paramount Plus reveals series of UK original series commissions
Paramount Plus has revealed a new slate of scripted and unscripted UK original series ahead of the streaming service’s UK launch this summer.
Scripted Original Series commissioned by Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Director of Content, UK, Paramount, as part of the streamer’s plans to greenlight 50 new international Scripted Originals in 2022, including “The Ex-Wife” (4× 60″), based on Jess Ryder is the bestselling psychological thriller, where a wife’s world of a perfect home, a loving husband and a beautiful baby girl is turned upside down when the ex-wife of her husband does not leave them alone.
Céline Buckens (“Showtrial”) stars in the series, which is co-produced by Clapperboard Studios, BlackBox Multimedia and Night Train Media, with Night Train Media funding and controlling worldwide distribution rights with All3Media International.
“The Ex-Wife” is written by Catherine Steadman who will also executive produce the series alongside Mike Benson for Clapperboard, Giuliano Papadia and Chiara Cardoso for BlackBox Multimedia, Olivia Pahl and Herbert Kloiber for Night Train Media and Jess Ryder. Andy Morgan (“Tin Star”) is producing and Brian O’Malley (“The Lodgers”) will direct.
“The Burning Girls” (6 x 60″), based on the novel of the same name by CJ Tudor, where a vicar and single mother of a 15-year-old girl, arrives in Chapel Croft hoping for a fresh start However, instead of finding peace in their new home, they find the village plagued by conspiracies and secrets.
The series is produced by Buccaneer Media in association with VIS – Paramount’s international studio division. Executive producers are Richard Tulk-Hart, Tony Wood, Tudor, and Hans Rosenfeldt (“The Bridge”), who also serves as lead writer alongside Camilla Ahlgren.
The unscripted UK originals, in addition to those announced in March, include “LA Hairdressers” (working title) – produced by Fulwell 73, in association with Endeavor Content, which will follow two Los Angeles establishments, with their styling teams craft destinations for the Hollywood elite, over eight one-hour episodes.
Leo Pearlman and Sheldon Lazarus are executive producers of Fulwell 73. The series was commissioned by Kit Morey, VP Editor of Paramount Plus UK, and Daniel Pearl, VP, Unscripted UK Originals. Endeavor Content will handle global sales.
“Fashion House” (working title), produced by Lambent, in association with All3Media International and Night Train Media, is a 3 x 90 inch anthology series telling the stories of three of the greatest fashion houses of all time. – Gucci, Versace and Burberry. The series was commissioned by Lucy Willis, vice-president of editorial at Paramount Plus UK. Lambent’s executive producers are Emma Tutty and Ollie Tait. Ian Denyer, Kate Misrahi and Clare Richards will each direct an episode of the series.
“Pervert: Catching the Strip Search Caller” (working title), produced by Wag Entertainment, is a 3×60 inch series that follows the true story of a hoax that targeted fast food restaurants across America , convincing managers to obey his instructions, resulting in abuse of staff. Wag Entertainment executive producers are Bridget Boseley and Steven Green, and director is Sara Mast. It was commissioned by Denise Seneviratne, VP Commissioning Editorial at Paramount Plus UK
‘Girl, Taken’, produced by Soilsiú Films, in association with Screen Ireland, M-Net and Abacus Media Rights, is a feature film that follows the story of Celeste and Morne Nurse, whose baby daughter Zephany was stolen from the hospital two days after her birth in Cape Town, 1997. Executive producers are Lesley McKimm for Screen Ireland, Jonathan Ford for Abacus Media Rights and Guy Davies for Paramount Plus. The South African partners and executive producers are Allan Sperling and Nicola van Niekerk of M-Net.
David Rane is the producer of Soilsiú Films. François Verster also produces and directs the film alongside Simon Wood. The film has been commissioned by Guy Davies, Vice President of Paramount Plus UK, from Abacus Media Rights, who will also handle global sales.