HBO Europe Picks Up Drama Package from all3media International


HBO Europe has acquired a raft of drama series from all3media International, among them Clique.

The agreement includes pay-TV rights in Central and Eastern Europe, plus SVOD rights for HBO Nordic (Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland) and Spain. The package includes the six-part thriller Clique, from Skins creator Bryan Elsley. A BBC Studios and Balloon Entertainment co-production for BBC Scotland/BBC Three, Clique features childhood best friends Georgia and Holly, who are drawn into an elite group of alpha girls, only to find this seductive world is deeply corrupted.

HBO Europe also licensed Rellik, created and written by Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing) and starring Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones) and Jodi Balfour (The Crown). Produced by New Pictures and Two Brothers Pictures for BBC One and Cinemax in association with all3media International, Rellik is a six-part thriller that tells the story of a serial killer in reverse, as the perpetrator is caught before the drama moves backward in time to the very beginning. HBO Europe also secured Liar, a six-part thriller in production for ITV in the U.K. and SundanceTV in the U.S., starring Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) and Ioan Gruffudd (Forever).

Ragnhild Thorbech, the senior VP of programming and acquisitions at HBO Europe, said: “We are very happy to include Rellik, Clique and Liar [in] our lineups, strengthening our offering across our territories. These are three different but equally interesting titles we are excited to present to our subscribers everywhere.”

Stephen Driscoll, the executive VP for EMEA at all3media International, added: “This significant acquisition by HBO Europe of these just-launched dramas is a fantastic testament to the strong characters, story lines and production values of these new titles. By working with acclaimed creators such as Bryan Elsley and Harry and Jack Williams we are ensuring all3media International continues to be the go-to distributor for contemporary hit prime-time drama, and I’m looking forward to seeing the success of these titles grow as we showcase them to the international market this year.”