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Script competition

DirecTV dips into UK drama

US satellite TV provider DirecTV has acquired two British dramas for its Audience Network in-house channel.

Black Mirror (6×60′) takes a satirical view on how technology is affecting everyday life with each hour-long, standalone episode exploring a different aspect of modern culture. The show was created by writer Charlie Brooker (Brass Eye, Dead Set) and is produced by Endemol UK-owned Zeppotron. It is distributed by Endemol Worldwide.

Secret State (4×60′) is produced by All3media’s Company Pictures and takes viewers to the aftermath of a deadly industrial disaster involving a giant US petrochemical firm. The show follows the work of a lone man who is determined to get answers on why the tragedy occurred.

Both shows originally aired on the UK’s Channel 4, with Black Mirror debuting in 2011 and Secret State in 2012, and will begin broadcasting on DirecTV later in November.

Chris Long, exec VP of entertainment at DirecTV, said: “Black Mirror is truly unlike any other show that is currently on television, which makes it a perfect fit for Audience. We are always on the hunt for programming that is unique and thought-provoking.”

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