Kew Media Distribution Presenting Clink for Buyers in Cannes


Kew Media Distribution is showcasing a host of new fiction programming at this year’s MIPTV, leading with Channel 5’s Clink.

Clink, an LA Productions project for Channel 5’s 5Star, is a drama set in a fictional women’s prison where the inmates each have a unique story of survival to tell. “We’ve recently noticed a strong trend in female-led drama series, and Clink showcases this perfectly; not only with its strong female characters but by highlighting both the dark and light stories behind these incarcerated women,” says Jonathan Ford, executive VP of sales.

Clink is followed in the slate by Line of Duty Season 5, which is newly on offer from Kew and picks up two years after the events of season four. The series, from the makers of Bodyguard, adds to its cast this year Stephen Graham (Save Me, Boardwalk Empire) and Rochenda Sandall (Black Mirror), who play two pivotal figures in a deadly organized crime group.

The Dead Lands: The Series, based on the film of the same name, offers a new chapter of the story, in which warrior Waka Nuku Rau must journey through a land ravaged by the supernatural.

Rounding out Kew’s new offerings for 2019 is Itsy Bitsy, a horror thriller from filmmaker Micah Gallo (Wick) and special effects coordinator Dan Rebert (True Blood). Starring Bruce Davison (X-Men), Denise Crosby (The Walking Dead) and Elizabeth Roberts (Criminal Minds), the Strange Visions Productions creation is a character-driven story set against a backdrop of monstrous legends.

Kew will also be showcasing returning series at MIPTV, including Frankie Drake Mysteries Season 2, which picks up in 1921, a new age that requires a new kind of detective; Slasher Solstice, the third season of which sees eyewitnesses to a crime haunted by a strange occurrence; Moving On Season 10, returning with five original contemporary dramas presented as standalone stories about how to “move on” with life; and Jack Taylor, which is comprised of three installments coming in 2020 that follow the hero of Ken Bruen’s bestselling crime thrillers.

Greg Phillips, president of Kew Media Distribution, commented: “We are excited to launch such a stellar lineup of scripted programming at MIPTV. Our new fiction titles complement our high-quality drama catalog, delivering unique and original content to viewers worldwide. We also have a number of popular returning series, endorsing the high demand for long-running, high-quality drama series.”

Alongside some new drama fare, Kew Media Distribution is highlighting three factual programs that were each produced in a different territory.

In the Australia-made six-parter Griff Off the Rails: Down Under, British comedian Griff Rhys Jones offers a modern look at the country, traversing it by train. “Griff Off the Rails: Down Under will be of interest not only to travel enthusiasts but will also showcase the beauty of the Australian landscape,” says Ford.

Set within America’s Amish communities, Silent Witness: Murder in Amish Country shows how difficult solving a homicide case can be when it involves people who prefer to mete out justice from within. Produced in Canada, Haunted Hospitals’ second season will continue telling paranormal-activity stories that take place inside various medical facilities.

“We work steadily to maintain close relationships with our buyers around the world to ensure we’re constantly offering content that will satisfy their ever-evolving requirements,” Ford says.