By Evan DeSimone
Amazon is ramping up its original programming efforts in the U.K. with “The Collection,” a new period drama from Oliver Goldstick, co-creator of the medical drama “Inconceivable” and a showrunner for such series as telenovela adaptation “Ugly Betty,” the short-lived dramedy “Lipstick Jungle” and long-running teen thriller “Pretty Little Liars.”
“The Collection” will return Goldstick to the world of high fashion he explored in “Ugly Betty,” minus the Technicolor wackiness. Set in the aftermath of World War II, the series will focus on a the intrigues of a family-owned French fashion house conducting its sartorial business in the freewheeling climate of post-liberation Paris. The period show is something of a departure for Goldstick, whose major credits as a show runner primarily feature larger-than-life characters operating in a heightened present day.
Executive producers on the project include Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome,” “Borgia,” “Versailles”) and Kate Croft (“Murderland”), who bring with them experience with high glamour period fare. Pascal Breton of Federation Entertainment will act as the show’s French co-production partner. The U.K .production will be produced in association with BBC Worldwide.
“The Collection” will be the first original series for Amazon UK. The e-commerce giant has been spending mightily on U.S. original series, debuting slates of pilots throughout the year and allowing viewers to vote on which pilots go to series. Stateside, this process has produced award-winning originals including “Transparent,” the streamer’s critically acclaimed flagship dramedy. Over the summer, Amazon announced plans to pick up a new automotive series from the former stars of the long-running British hit “Top Gear.”
“The Collection” will begin production in January of 2016 and will film in Wales and on location in France.