SundanceTV Acquires Genre Drama ‘Cleverman’


SundanceTV has become the U.S. home for the Australian-New Zealand series, which Red Arrow is distributing worldwide. The six-part high concept drama is slated to premiere in 2016. The show will have its market launch at MIPCOM in October.

Cleverman is set in the near future where a group of nonhumans battle for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly inferior and want to silence, exploit and kill them. It’s based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen and focuses on two estranged indigenous brothers who are forced together to fight for their own survival. Otherworldly creatures also emerge into this “real world” dystopian landscape. The ensemble cast is led by led by Scottish actor Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones), Frances O’Connor (The Missing), Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Hunter Page-Lochard (The Sapphires), Rob Collins (The Lion King) and Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games).

“SundanceTV is becoming the U.S. home to some of the most intriguing and interesting television shows from around the world,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “We’re looking forward to having ‘Cleverman’ join the Golden Globe-winning ‘Carlos,’ France’s International Emmy-winning ‘The Returned’ and other acclaimed series that U.S. viewers can’t find anywhere else. We were drawn to ‘Cleverman’s’ originality, character-driven storylines and thought-provoking nature – qualities central to many of SundanceTV’s signature series.”

Goalpost Pictures Australia and Pukeko Pictures produce, with Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop providing the creature design. Michael Miller is script producer and writers are Michael Miller and Jon Bell. Producers are Rosemary Blight and Lauren Edwards for Goalpost Pictures, Ryan Griffen, and, for Pukeko Pictures, Angela Littlejohn, with executive producers Sally Riley, Kylie du Fresne, Ben Grant, Martin Baynton, Adam Fratto, Jan David Frouman and Amelie Kienlin.

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