Kudos, Channel 4 and AMC today announce a new co-production deal for drama series Humans, which is set to start filming this fall.
Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.
The new deal is brokered by Dan Isaacs COO Kudos, Kerry Ball Senior Vice President of digital Business Development, Shine International, Marci Wiseman, Head of Business Affairs and Kristin Jones International Acquisitions and Co-Productions at AMC, and Ben McLean, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at Xbox Entertainment Studios.
Kudos and C4: "We would like to welcome AMC on-board in a deal which reflects our continued commitment to this ambitious, highly original new drama. AMC have produced some of the most exquisitely crafted, ground-breaking, talked about television in recent years and the prospect of working together to deliver a drama of genuine scale and originality to the screen is enormously exciting. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) for being a strong advocate and partner on this project. We look forward to seeing what lies ahead for the talented team there."
XES says, "I am proud of the work we have done shepherding Humans to this point, as well as facilitating and ensuring a smooth transition for our friends at Kudos/Shine and Channel 4," said XES President Nancy Tellem. "While we focus on our future plans, given the show’s production timetable and the support required to guarantee a successful co-production with a shared first window, we wanted to make certain the show found the right home now. We couldn't be more optimistic about “Humans” long-term future at AMC."
"Humans is that rare sci-fi series that puts the emphasis squarely on the character aspect of the story, and explores the emotional impact that will come with an increasingly blurry line between human and machine. We're thrilled to be working with Kudos and Channel 4, both of whom have shown a long-standing commitment to smart, and deeply original drama series" said Joel Stillerman, Executive Vice President, programming, production and digital content for AMC.
Humans, with 8 episodes of 60 minutes, will be made by Kudos (Utopia, Broadchurch, The Hour) in association with Matador Films (Real Humans) for broadcast on Channel 4 and AMC in 2015. Executive producers are Jane Featherstone and Derek Wax for Kudos with Chris Fry set to produce for Kudos and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. Commissioned for Channel 4 by Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell and Kristin Jones and Joel Stillerman for AMC. Humans is adapted by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, from Real Humans the original Swedish production from Sveriges Television (SVT) and Matador Films, distribution will be handled by Shine International.