LONDON/JOHANNESBURG: A+E Networks® UK has acquired the award-winning US scripted series, Blue, starring Julia Stiles, exclusively for Lifetime® in the UK and Africa.
The original series will premiere in spring 2015 in the UK.
An accountant by day, Blue (Julia Stiles) is forced to lead a clandestine existence as an escort to help make ends meet. Stiles (The Bourne Identity, Silver Linings Playbook, Dexter) heads the stellar cast in the title role as Blue, a single mother whose attempts to shelter her son from her secret life takes her deeper into a dark world of deception and danger.
Announcing the acquisition, Koulla Anastasi, Director of Programming for Lifetime, said: “Blue is a compelling and captivating drama that will enhance our programming schedule on Lifetime in both the UK and Africa.”
The hit series also stars Eric Stoltz (The Butterfly Effect, Caprica) and Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13) and is written and directed by WIGS co-founder Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment, Albert Nobbs). It is co-written by Karen Graci (In Treatment, Albert Nobbs), executive produced by Jon Avnet (Black Swan, Risky Business) and distributed internationally by FremantleMedia International.
Jamie Lynn, EVP of Sales and Distribution, EMEA for FremantleMedia International added: “Blue is a distinctive series that features A-list Hollywood talent in front of the camera and a wealth of Hollywood heavyweights behind. We are thrilled that Lifetime is bringing this first-rate show to UK audiences.”
Blue has already won a number of awards in the US including Best Directing (Drama) and Best Female Performance in a Drama at the 2014 International Academy of Web Television Awards. The series was also nominated for the Excellence in Production Design Award at the 2014 Art Directors Guild.
Julia Stiles added: “I am incredibly proud of Blue. As soon as I read the script I knew I wanted to play this intelligent, complicated woman with a secret life. I am thrilled that
audiences in the UK and Africa will now be able to see the show and I hope they enjoy watching it as much as I loved making it.”