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ITV acquires US Western drama series for ITV4, Hell on Wheels

Published: Fri 22 Mar 2013


ITV has acquired a new US Western drama series for ITV4, Hell on Wheels.
The deal includes all three seasons of Hell on Wheels - a total of 30 x 1 hour episodes. 
It was negotiated by ITV's Head of Acquired Series Sasha Breslau and Endemol Worldwide Distribution’s Sales Director – United Kingdom and Eire, Gisela Asimus-Minnbergh.
Hell on Wheels will be broadcast on ITV4 in Summer 2013.
Sasha Breslau said "We are delighted to have this intriguing, superbly produced drama on ITV4 - Hell On Wheels is a compelling, contemporary Western and we hope our viewers will enjoy the journey."
The setting is 1860s post-Civil War America, and the place is Hell on Wheels - a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of towns and settlements that stretched out along the first transcontinental railroad.
A Confederate soldier, played by Anson Mount (Straw Dogs, Cook County), arrives in Hell on Wheels, taking work on the railroad’s construction, in an attempt to track down and extract revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife.
Hell on Wheels also stars Common (New Year’s Eve, Date Night) as Elam Ferguson, an emancipated slave working to achieve true freedom in a world entrenched in prejudice; Colm Meaney (Soldiers of Fortune, Get Him to the Greek) as Thomas “Doc” Durant, a greedy entrepreneur taking full advantage of the changing times; and Dominique McElligott (The Philanthropist, Moon) as Lily Bell, a newly widowed woman trying to survive in a man’s world.
The series shows the railroad’s institutionalised greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. 
Over time, Hell on Wheels chronicles a potent turning point in America’s history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.
The series is produced by Entertainment One in association with Endemol USA and Nomadic for AMC.  Endemol Worldwide Distribution holds the European television distribution rights to the series and to date the series has sold to, France (AB Droits); Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland (TNT); Turkey (CNBC-e); Slovakia (Slovak TV); CEE, Belgium, Greece, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Turkey (Sundance Channel); Norway (TV Norge); Spain (Antena 3); Denmark and Sweden (TV3); Ireland (RTE) and the United Kingdom (TCM).
About Endemol
Endemol is the largest independent television and digital production company in the world. It comprises a global network of over 80 companies in 31 countries and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 
The company annually produces over 350 series across genres, including entertainment, reality TV, game shows, comedy, drama, sport, kids programming, factual, docu-dramas and features. 
Endemol works with roughly 400 broadcasters, digital platforms and licensees worldwide.  The business covers development, production, marketing, distribution and franchise management.
Credits include international hits such as Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, The Money Drop and Your Face Sounds Familiar. The company’s growing drama and comedy portfolio includes Hell on Wheels, Hot in Cleveland, Leverage, Home and Away, Emmy Award winningBlack Mirror, Dutch series Penoza, which is now being remade as Red Widow for ABC in the USA; and new productions in 2013 includingPeaky Blinders and Ripper Street for the BBC and the US remake of UK drama Low Winter Sun for AMC.
As one of the world’s largest independent distributors of formats and finished programming Endemol launches over 50 new formats each year on broadcast networks around the world and distributes more than 29,000 hours of content. The company’s creative teams around the world are continuously developing new ideas that are shared across the Endemol network.