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Michael Douglas, David Simon Among Producers Tied to Atrium Slate


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The Atrium TV commissioning club has presented its members with a second round of new dramas, which count among their producers Michael Douglas, David Simon and Ava DuVernay.

Douglas is on board Silo, a drama set in San Francisco in the indeterminate future, when, because of diminished resources and overpopulation, cities all over the world have created silos. These gated communities of people are gathered behind walls or natural barriers like bodies of water to keep people out, keep them in or, in this case, divide the haves from the have-nots. Silo is written by Peter Horton (American Odyssey, New Amsterdam) and Raelle Tucker (True Blood, Jessica Jones), with Horton and Douglas producing.

A Dry Run: The Lincolns in Spain is a six-part miniseries created by Simon (The Wire) that will be produced by Mediapro (The Young Pope, Locked Up), Blown Deadline Productions (The Deuce) and Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Downsizing). The series, based on real events, follows those who went to fight fascism in Spain in the years prior to World War II.

Doctor Zhivago is an eight-part series created out of the U.K. by Sherlock producers Hartswood Films (Beryl Vertue and Sue Vertue), together with Foz Allan (Riviera, Robin Hood). Michael Hirst is onboard as writer, adapting Boris Pasternak’s classic novel of the same name.

The Last Amazon is an epic historical series from Gaumont (Narcos). The drama will focus on the great Amazon Queens such as Antiope and Hippolyta, portraying their extraordinary lives, loves and major battles, notably their campaign against the Ancient Greeks. It is being written by Rafe Judkins, produced by Gene Stein (Narcos, Hannibal, Alphas) and with DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) attached to executive produce.

Jeremy Fox, CEO of Atrium TV, said: “These pitch sessions prove invaluable, allowing our members to fully engage with each project in development and decide which are most relevant for their audiences. The fact that we could bring everybody together in Los Angeles, the birthplace of so many great drama series, made this second full Club meeting extra special.”



About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.

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