Acorn TV, the streaming service specializing in British television, has acquired exclusive digital and home video rights in North America from FremantleMedia International for its crime drama “No Offence” from screen writer Paul Abbott (“Shameless”). The series, which was produced byand executively produced by Abbott and Martin Carr, was
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In addition to the crime drama, the streamer picked up1990s BBC sitcom “
“FremantleMedia International continues to be a valued partner for Acorn TV with the success of shows like Aussie medical dramedy The Heart Guy, so we’re thrilled to partner with them again for several more high-quality programs our subscribers are sure to enjoy,” said Don Klees, Vice President of Programming for Acorn brands at RLJ Entertainment. “Additionally, we love to provide our subscribers classic, hidden gems, so Reilly, Ace of Spies and the U.S. debut of Goodnight Sweetheart will make excellent additions to our constantly growing catalog.”
This news follows Acorn TV’s recent commission announcement for Series 2 of “Agatha Raisin” and co-production announcement for Aussie comedy “Sando.” Acorn TV will feature ten Acorn TV Originals in 2018 plus more than 30 licensed premieres of first-rate international content.
As Acorn continues its push into original programming, so does its fairly new rival Britbox. The streaming service, which launched in March 2017, announced its first drive in original programing at the beginning of the year with “The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco.” Britbox also has committed to a 50% increase in originals and acquired programming investment for the upcoming year. Currently, the service has 250,000 subscribers on its platform, a third of whom are women age 55 and older.