The BBC and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution have entered into a new creative content partnership securing UK FX original series rights.
Through the agreement, the BBC will gain rights to the UK produced Devs, from acclaimed UK writer and producer Alex Garland, and Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking new drama series Pose, which examines New York’s transgender-Ball culture of the late 1980’s and the LGBTQ community during the growing HIV crisis.
This partnership extends the relationship between the BBC and FX. The two parties currently co-produce Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott and Steven Knight’s critically-acclaimed BBC One drama Taboo and, following on from The People vs O.J. Simpson, BBC Two has recently shown the latest installment of Ryan Murphy’s Emmy, Bafta and Golden Globe award-winning American Crime Story franchise, The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Emmy award winning and Bafta award-nominated drama series Feud, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning comedy series Atlanta, the drama series Trust from the Academy Award winning-team of Danny Boyle, Christian Colson and Simon Beaufoy, and the drama series Snowfall, starring rising British star Damson Idris, have also aired on the channel in the last two years.
Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, says: “The BBC has a proud tradition of bringing audiences the very best shows from around the world, and this exciting new partnership with FX builds on our strong existing relationship.”
“Their incredible range of first class drama and comedy series will be great for our channels and I’m delighted to be forging closer ties with FX and to formalize our relationship in this bold and exciting move.”
Gina Brogi, President of Global Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, says: “The BBC has been an incredible partner for us at FX Networks and TCFTVD and this new deal only strengthens our longstanding relationship as we look to bring quality programming to audiences in the UK.”
Eric Schrier, President of Original Series, FX Networks and FX Productions, says: “We are thrilled to enter this partnership with BBC and their great team with whom we have had such a wonderful relationship. At FX, as with the BBC, we are dedicated to curating a portfolio of the best programs television has to offer and working with producers who tell stories that not only entertain, but illuminate the human condition. We are grateful to the BBC for their recognition of the quality of FX programs and to our colleagues at TCFTVD for their support.”
Over the past five years, FX programs have received 244 Emmy award nominations, winning 52 Emmys. In 2017, FX won the most Golden Globes awards of any network, and this year FX won the most Television Critics Association awards of any brand, including Program of the Year for the second time in three years. FX also received 50 Emmy award nominations in each of the last four years, an achievement matched only by HBO and Netflix.