SUNDANCE NOW ACQUIRES CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED SCRIPTED COMEDY “MOTHERLAND” FROM LIONSGATE
Just in Time for Mother’s Day, “Motherland” Will Make Its Domestic Debut Exclusively on Sundance Now Starting Thursday, May 10th
The Seven-Episode Comedy is Created and Written by Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh, and Graham and Helen Linehan
“‘Motherland’ is one of the best TV comedies in the last 10 years, even if you’re not a parent” – The Mirror
New York, NY – April 19, 2018 – Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ premium video streaming service, announced today the acquisition of BAFTA-nominated hit British television series “Motherland” from global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), which has worldwide rights to the comedy. The critically-acclaimed series, written and created by Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh, and Graham and Helen Linehan, will make its exclusive U.S. debut with the first two episodes premiering on the service Thursday, May 10th. New episodes of the half-hour comedy starring BAFTA-winner Anna Maxwell Martin (Philomena, The Night Watch), Lucy Punch (“A Series of Unfortunate Events”, Into the Woods, “Ben and Kate”), BAFTA-nominated Diane Morgan (“Cunk on Britain”, Me Before You, Funny Cow) and Paul Ready (The Death of Stalin, “The Terror”) will stream weekly every Thursday until its season one conclusion on June 14th.
“We are thrilled to partner with Lionsgate to premiere ‘Motherland,’ a hilariously honest and relatable portrayal of the hyper-competitive world of modern parenting, exclusively on Sundance Now following its successful first season on the BBC,” commented Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager of SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “The series is sharply written and features a great ensemble cast.”
“‘Motherland’ has been a great success for the BBC, and we’re delighted to have found a U.S. home for it on Sundance Now,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution Jim Packer. “It’s a great addition to their deep roster of programming, and its wit, humor, and authenticity will resonate with all audiences.”
The series follows Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), who always wanted her kids to be brought up like she was — by her mother. But instead her mom has abandoned her, so now she is thrown head first into the Motherland where it’s sink or swim. While she struggles with work and life she meets a full array of hands-on parents including the ‘Alpha Moms’ headed by Amanda (Lucy Punch), who is the Queen Bee: everything is organized, vacuum-packed and sterile — even the kitchen chalk board is a statement of success. At the other end of the spectrum is single mom Liz (Diane Morgan), who is low energy but full of life hacks. She has learned to do things her way. Then there’s Kevin (Paul Ready). He’s the stay-at-home Dad who embraces the Motherland with gusto — much to the irritation of the other mothers.
“Motherland” is written by BAFTA-winner Graham Linehan (“The IT Crowd”, “Count Arthur Strong,” “Father Ted”), Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winner Sharon Horgan (“Catastrophe,” “Divorce,” “Pulling”), Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh (“Dead Boss”). It is a co-production between Delightful Industries, part of the Twofour Group, and Merman. BAFTA-winner Richard Boden (Blackadder Goes Fourth, “The IT Crowd”, “The Sketch Show”) produces for Delightful Industries and Broadcast Award-winner and BAFTA-nominated Clelia Mountford (“Bliss”, “A Young Doctor’s Notebook”, “Todd Margaret”) executive produces for Merman. Juliet May (“Miranda,” “Last Tango in Halifax,” “Call The Midwife”) directs.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Sundance Now by Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Aurelie de Troyer, and on behalf of Lionsgate by Vice President of Global SVOD Sales Chase Brisbin.
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The BBC has renewed Motherland for Series 2, slated to premiere later in 2018. The Sundance streaming deal further boosts the show’s survival status, but will it secure a third series? Stay tuned…