APC CONTINUES KEEPING FAITH PICKING UP NEW SEASON
Season three of Keeping Faith gets BBC/S4C greenlight (Paris 30 January 2020)
Acorn Media Enterprises with Acorn TV returns as US co-producer
Scripted format deal secured with Quad Drama for TF1
Boutique co-producer and distributor About Premium Content (APC) has picked up the global rights to the third season of the BBC/S4C hit drama series Keeping Faith and has also secured a scripted format deal with Quad Drama in France for TF1.
Produced by Vox Pictures for S4C and BBC Wales and gap-financed by Nevision, Keeping Faith garnered a 20-year ratings’ high when it debuted on BBC Wales and proved to be a record-breaker on BBC iPlayer. Season 1 and 2 of Keeping Faith have been hugely successful on BBC iPlayer with over 33 million requests to date, and the viewing figures of the first and second series of the Welsh-language version of the show Un Bore Mercher (originally developed for S4C) were amongst the highest for S4C drama since 2010.
APC has extended its co-production deal with Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) for all rights to the third season of Keeping Faith across the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, plus home entertainment in the UK and Eire. AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, North America’s largest streaming service for British and international television, will feature its US and Canadian premiere as an Acorn TV Original in 2021 coinciding with the BBC premiere. Acorn Media International will oversee Acorn’s distribution rights in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Eire.
FOX in Germany has extended its agreement for season 3 along with TV4 Media which has confirmed the SVOD rights to all three seasons for Denmark, Norway and Sweden and has also picked up the free TV rights for TV4 Sweden.
In a separate deal, APC has sold the remake rights in the French language to Quad Drama for TF1 with production slated for 2020.
Laurent Boissel and Emmanuelle Guilbart, Joint-CEOs and Co-Founders at APC, say: “With Keeping Faith continuing to resonate with audiences both in the UK and internationally, we are delighted to have secured further deals across the globe as the BBC and S4C commit to a new season of this riveting drama. We are also thrilled that the first local version of the show is going into production and look forward to securing further scripted format deals for the show.”
In season 3 of Keeping Faith, Eve Myles is set to return as Faith Howells, alongside Bradley Freegard as Evan Howells and Mark Lewis Jones as Steve Baldini. Olivier award-winning Celia Imrie (Victoria Wood as Seen on TV, Dinnerladies, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) will also be joining the cast.
The new season is directed by Pip Broughton and Judith Dine, written by Matthew Hall and Pip Broughton, produced by Pip Broughton and Llyr Morus. Filming will begin in 2020 with episodes expected to air on S4C in October 2020 and on BBC One Wales in February 2021. It will be available across the UK exclusively on BBC iPlayer.
Adrian Bate is the Executive Producer for Vox Pictures while Gwenlllian Gravelle is Executive Producers for S4C. Maggie Russell is the Executive Producer for BBC Wales. James Cabourne for Nevision and Catherine Mackin and Bea Tammer are Executive Producers for AME. The production received Production Funding from the Welsh Government.
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Notes to Editors:
APC is headed by experienced principals Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel and is a leading independent production and distribution company that partners with global content creators to develop and finance projects from inception to international distribution. APC has built a curated slate of English-language and local-language fiction from a range of global producers all over the world including hit drama Keeping Faith (BBC/S4C), Gigantes (Telefonica Studios), Alex (Viaplay), stylish series A Very Secret Service (Arte), Valkyrien, Young and Promising (NRK) and crime thriller The Forest (France Televisions). APC also has a quality slate of top-tier factual programmes and has a children’s division APC Kids which houses its own production company Zephyr Animation.
Vox Pictures is an Independent Production company based in Cardiff and London. Set up by founders Pip Broughton and Adrian Bate five years ago, the company produced Craig Roberts’ award winning debut feature, JUST JIM; the multi-award-winning Single Drama THE GREEN HOLLOW by Owen Sheers (in association with BBC Wales) and, TO PROVIDE ALL PEOPLE by Owen Sheers for BBC2.
Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) is the co-financing division of AMC Networks’ Acorn TV. AME commissions, co-produces and invests in original productions and, on behalf of Acorn TV and Acorn Media International, acquires distribution rights in the territories of US, Canada, UK & Eire, Australia & New Zealand.
Nevision is an independent production company that originates, produces and facilitates content creation, curating and nurturing a project from inception to exploitation.
The company currently has a broad slate of series across all genres including: animated series Floogals for Universal Kids in US and Channel 5’s Milkshake! in the UK; scripted series Keeping Faith with Vox Pictures for BBC, S4C and Acorn TV; scripted series Alex with SF Studios in Sweden for Viaplay, Atlantic Crossing with CineNord for NRK and Beta, and factual series Rolling Stone with Jigsaw Productions, commissioned by HBO (US) and Sky Arts (UK).
Nevision has also partnered with Palatin Media in Germany to co-produce an eight-part series, Spides, shot in the English language for NBCUniversal International Channels. Nevision’s first feature documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards is now available on Netflix globally following its theatrical release in 2017.