Latest Sky Original to premiere in the US this year
Critically acclaimed drama I Hate Suzie is set to premiere on HBO Max, with the streaming service becoming the exclusive US home.
The show is a bold, bracing, original dramedy about the moment in life when the mask slips, asking if any of us can survive being well and truly ‘known’. The eight-part series follows Suzie Pickles who has her life upended when she is hacked and pictures of her emerge in an extremely compromising position.
Co-created and written by Emmy-winner Lucy Prebble (Succession, Enron) and starring co-creator Billie Piper (Collateral, Doctor Who), the Sky Original series received multiple 5* reviews, including from The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, when it debuted this summer.
Episode by episode the audience follows Suzie Pickles (Piper) through the stages of shock, denial, fear, shame, bargaining, guilt, anger and acceptance as Suzie and her best friend and manager Naomi, played by Leila Farzad (Innocent, Twenty Twelve) try to hold her life, career and marriage together.
The cast also includes Daniel Ings (Lovesick, The Crown) and Nathaniel Martello-White (Collateral, Guerilla).
Produced by Bad Wolf and first commissioned by Sky Studios for Sky in the UK, the series has caught the attention of audiences around the world following other recent, high-profile pickups by Stan streaming service in Australia and Telus in Canada. The series is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.
Co-creators Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper, said, “We are both delighted that our loving, twisted, vivid slap of a show about a woman being hacked will be on HBO Max. It’s the perfect home for it.”
Julie Gardner, Executive Producer of I Hate Suzie and Founder, Bad Wolf, said, “I Hate Suzie is a televisual tour de force that immediately struck a chord with audiences in the UK. All at Bad Wolf are now thrilled Suzie will soon be unleashed in the US thanks to HBO Max”.
Sky Originals going global
I Hate Suzie is the latest Sky Original title to land stateside with 29 Sky Originals set to premiere in the US this year across 15 different networks and platforms – an average of more than one every fortnight.
I Hate Suzie’s premiere on HBO Max follows the platform’s acquisition of Frayed earlier this year, with Peacock acquiring Intelligence, Save Me, Hitmen and Code 404. This month alone, Gangs of London debuted on AMC+, Devils is currently running on The CW, Cobra
is airing on PBS, Temple will premiere on Spectrum, and EPIX are currently broadcasting Britannia S2, after a successful run of S1 this summer.
Jane Millichip, Chief Content Officer, Sky Studios, said: “Our creative and commercial partnerships with US platforms are hugely important to Sky Studios, and it is a real testament to the appeal and quality of Sky Originals that we have placed 29 shows with 15 different platforms in 2020. “
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About Bad Wolf
Bad Wolf was founded by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner and is based in South Wales. The company is responsible for co-producing award-winning The Night Of for HBO, A Discovery of Witches for Sky One, and upcoming His Dark Materials for BBC One and HBO, as well as the Welsh-language short film Beddgelert for S4C. Bad Wolf is currently in production for A Discovery of Witches series 2, His Dark Materials series 2 and Industry for HBO / BBC One.
About Sky Studios
Sky Studios brings to screen unique stories from the very best talent in Europe.
We develop, produce and fund original drama, comedy and documentary for Sky’s 24m customers and beyond. Building on the success of critically-acclaimed Sky originals including Emmy-winning Chernobyl, Bafta-winning Patrick Melrose and international hits Babylon Berlin and Riviera, Sky Studios is the new creative home of Sky originals, such as The Third Day with Jude Law, ZeroZeroZero from the makers of Gomorrah and The New Pope directed by Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino.
We’re an agile Studio, seeking out the best untold stories from new voices while working in creative partnership with today’s best writers, producers and on-screen talent to bring viewers stories they wouldn’t find anywhere else.
With commissioning talent and production capability across the UK, Germany and Italy, we understand local tastes across Europe better than anyone else and have plans to more than double our investment in original content by 2024, fully supported and backed by Comcast NBC Universal.
We’re also developing a new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which is expected to lead to the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in UK creative sector in the first five years alone.
Sky Studios invests in the cultural economy and global production sector with equity stakes in several production companies in the UK and the US, including Great British Bake-Off creator Love Productions, and the premiere reality crime producer in the US, Jupiter Entertainment, creator of long-running hit Snapped. Sky Studios has invested in high quality factual specialists Blast Films and True North Productions; entertainment and format expert Znak & Co (US & UK); natural history producer True to Nature; drama producers The Lighthouse and Longboat Pictures; and growth businesses Sugar Films, Chrysalis Vision, and Talos Films (US).
Sky Studios launched in June 2019. The senior leadership team is Chief Executive Officer Gary Davey, Chief Content Officer Jane Millichip, Chief Operating Officer Caroline Cooper, Director of Drama UK Cameron Roach, Director of Comedy UK Jon Mountague, Director Original Production Sky Italia Nils Hartmann, and Director Original Productions Sky Deutschland Marcus Ammon.
About HBO Max
HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering, which debuted May 27, 2020. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content, HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including motion picture and TV series from Warner Bros., highlights from New Line, and catalog titles from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more.
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