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NBCU sets Departure for int’l channels

NBCUniversal has acquired conspiracy drama series Departure for its networks in Europe and Africa from distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Starlings Television.

Christopher Plummer

Departure stars Christopher Plummer, Archie Panjabi and Claire Forlani and follows the disappearance of a passenger plane over the Atlantic Ocean. An aviation investigator, played by Panjabi, is called in by her former boss and mentor (Plummer) to investigate.

NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) will air the drama on Universal TV in the UK, Africa and Germany and 13th Street Universal in France, Spain and Poland in late 2019 after the world premiere on Corus Entertainment Canadian network Global.

The 6×60’ series, which was ordered by Global in November, is coproduced by Canadian outfit Shaftesbury Films and Greenpoint Productions in the UK. It is produced in association with Corus Entertainment and Red Arrow Studios International and is co-financed by Starlings Television.

Archie Panjabi

The drama was created by Vincent Shiao (Ransom) and is exec produced by Christina Jennings, TJ Scott, Scott Garvie, Malcolm MacRury and Panjabi. Shiao is co-executive producer, while Patrick Cassavetti and Tina Grewal are producers. Julie Lacey serves as producer for Shaftesbury. Chris Philip and Karine Martin are exec producers for Starlings Television, with Henrik Pabst and Carlo Dusi exec producing for Red Arrow Studios International.

Red Arrow Studios International handles international sales, with Starlings Television overseeing worldwide distribution.

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