Participant Media’s Pivot and Sky Atlantic have picked up Fortitude for a second season ahead of the drama’s first season finale tonight.

“From the first episode, audiences responded to the incredibly rich world Simon Donald created, where nature and civilization collide with catastrophic results,” said Kent Rees, Pivot’s General Manager.

The first season of Fortitude, starring Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Sofie Grabol, Richard Dormer and Christopher Eccleston, told the story of a close-knit community thrown into turmoil by a violent crime.

Fortitude, which marked Pivot’s first original scripted series, is a Sky/Pivot original series, with international distribution handled by Sky Vision. It has become Pivot’s highest-rated original series and has been sold to 100 international broadcasters, making it Sky Vision’s most successful show to date.

The series is created, written, and executive produced by Simon Donald. Jeff Skoll and Chris Loveall serve as executive producers for Pivot on Season 2. Patrick Spence and Frith Tiplady serve as executive producers for Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect. Anne Mensah and Lizzie Gray serve as executive producers for Sky Atlantic.