(August 7, 2008 – London and Burbank, CA) – Sky One has signed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution for the linear UK TV rights to the highly anticipated new drama series “Fringe,” from J.J. Abrams (Lost), Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the team behind the upcoming “Star Trek” feature, “Mission: Impossible 3” and “Alias.” “Fringe” will receive its UK premiere on Sky One this autumn. Starring newcomer Anna Torv (the upcoming HBO miniseries “The Pacific”), Josh Jackson (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Bobby”), John Noble (“Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King”), Lance Reddick (“Lost,” “The Wire”), Kirk Acevedo (“Invincible,” “Oz”), Mark Valley (“Boston Legal,” “ER”), Blair Brown (“The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”) and Jasika Nicole (“The Mastersons of Manhattan”), “Fringe” will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between science fiction and reality. The story begins as an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport with passengers and crew all having met grisly deaths. FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Torv) is called in to investigate. When the search nearly kills her partner, Special Agent John Scott (Valley), a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help and she is led to scientific researcher Dr. Walter Bishop (Noble). There’s only one catch: he’s been institutionalized for the last 20 years and the only way to question him requires calling on his estranged son, Peter (Jackson), for help. Under Special Agent Phillip Broyles (Reddick), the trio discovers that what happened on that fatal flight is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth. David Smyth, Head of Acquisitions, Sky One commented: “We're delighted to have secured the rights to ‘Fringe,’ which we believe will thrill a new generation of viewers much like ‘The X-Files’ did 15 years ago. Together with ‘Lost,’ we’re honoured to be the home for J.J. Abrams’ shows here in the UK!” Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television, commented: “This unique dramatic thriller is a perfect fit for Sky One, which is a great UK home for ‘Fringe,’ one of our most highly anticipated television series of the new season. J.J. Abrams and his partners have created a compelling series that has been eagerly anticipated since its announcement, and we look forward to working closely with Sky One to make ‘Fringe’ a hit with their audience.” “Fringe” is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series is distributed globally by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. The executive producers are J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Burk, Alex Graves and Jeff Pinkner. About Sky One Sky1 is the most watched non-terrestrial channel in Sky homes, attracting more than 19m unique viewers every month. Sky One distinguishes itself from rival networks with award-winning, exclusive US and homegrown drama, talked-about entertainment formats and distinctive factual entertainment series. About Warner Bros. International Television Distribution Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is one of the world’s largest distributors of feature films, television programs and animation to the international television marketplace (broadcast, pay cable, basic cable, satellite, pay-per-view, video-on-demand, digital platforms, etc.). It licenses some 50,000 hours of programming (including more than 6,000 features and 70+ current series), dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 languages, to telecasters and cablecasters in more than 175 countries.
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