Martin Clunes Returns To Cornwall As Filming Begins On Season Nine Of ITV & Acorn TV Medical Drama ‘Doc Martin’

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Martin Clunes has returned to Cornwall to shoot season nine of medical drama Doc Martin.
Filming for the ninth season of the drama, which airs on ITV in the UK and Acorn TV in the U.S., has begun with Clunes returning as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the GP wi…

Acorn TV Acquires ‘Miss Fisher’ Feature, Spinoff Series for North America  

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Acorn TV has acquired exclusive North American rights to two new spinoff titles of hit Australian period series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.” Feature film “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears” and spinoff series “Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries…

Acorn TV Boards ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ Spin-Offs – TCA

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Acorn TV has boarded two spin-offs of Australian period drama Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
The U.S. SVOD service has taken the North American rights to Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries and feature film Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.
The comp…

Acorn TV Picks Up U.S. Rights To Endemol Shine International’s Dutch Drama ‘The Oldenheim Twelve’

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Acorn TV has acquired Dutch disappearance drama The Oldenheim Twelve from Endemol Shine International.
The North American SVOD service has picked up the twelve-part series, which was originally commissioned by Dutch broadcaster RTL4.
The show, which wa…

Acorn TV Picks Up Martin Clunes-Fronted British Crime Drama ‘Manhunt’ From DRG

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Acorn TV has acquired a pair of Martin Clunes-fronted titles including true crime drama Manhunt.
The SVOD service has acquired ITV drama Manhunt, which stars Doc Martin’s Clunes as Detective Colin Sutton, the police officer who tenaciously pursued Brit…

Acorn TV Lands New Season of Hit British Cop Drama ‘Line of Duty’ for the U.S.

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The eagerly-anticipated fifth season of hit British crime drama “Line of Duty” will bow on the Acorn TV streaming service in the U.S. The cop series was created by Jed Mercurio and is produced by World Productions – the same team behind the recent U.K….

Acorn TV Nabs U.S. Premiere Of ‘Line Of Duty’ S5 Away From Hulu; Cop Drama Created By ‘Bodyguard’s Jed Mercurio

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U.S. streaming service Acorn TV has nabbed the fifth season of British cop drama Line of Duty, created and written by Bodyguard’s Jed Mercurio. Previous seasons of the BBC drama have premiered on Hulu in the U.S.
The SVOD platform will have the exclusi…

Acorn TV Leans on Original Programming as Competition from BritBox Heats Up

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Acorn Media Enterprises announced Monday that it will be co-producing a new original series in partnership with all3media for its niche streaming service Acorn TV, which specializes in British content.

The co-production agreement will see “Blood,” a Company Pictures drama in association with Element Pictures and all3media international for Virgin Media Television, Ireland, make its North American debut on the streaming service as an Acorn TV Original Series in the U.S. and Canada.

The new six-part thriller is part of Acorn TVs increased efforts in producing original content for its streaming platform. The company’s growing slate of co-produced original series include “Love, Lies & Records,” “Striking Out,” and Agatha Christie’s “The Witness for the Prosecution.” In April, the company also acquired exclusive digital and home video rights from DCD Rights for Season 2 of the critically-acclaimed mystery series “Jack Irish.”

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The increased focus on exclusive content comes as the streamer faces growing competition in the U.S. from rival service Britbox. Launched in March 2017, Britbox, which is the product of a joint partnership between BBC Worldwide and U.K. broadcaster ITV, has already accumulated over 400,000 subscribers. While this still puts the company behind Acorn TV’s growing subscriber count, which hit 450,000 at the start of 2017, it is a sign of significant growth for the service that had just 250,000 subs at the end of February. In an effort to continue this growth, Britbox is also increasing its focus on original content.

In February, Britbox President Soumya Sriraman announced plans to increase investment in both original and acquired British programming and make a change in its marketing investment to increase awareness of the service.

Outside of the U.S. and Canada, “Blood,” which was commissioned by Virgin Media Television, will not be exclusive to Acorn TV. Virgin Media Television in Ireland will have the global premiere for the show which is expected to take place this Autumn, and Channel 5 has signed a pre-sale deal with all3media international which sees the broadcaster launching the series on linear in the U.K.

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Acorn TV & Viacom’s Channel 5 Board All3Media International’s Psychological Crime Thriller ‘Blood’

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Acorn TV and Viacom’s Channel 5 have come on board psychological crime thriller Blood starring Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar.
The SVOD service has taken U.S. rights and the British linear broadcaster has picked up UK rights to the six-part series, which…

Acorn TV To Co-Produce British Family Drama ‘Pitching In’ Starring ‘The Parent Trap’s Hayley Mills

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Acorn TV is co-producing a British family drama fronted by The Parent Trap and Pollyanna star Hayley Mills and Gavin & Stacey’s Larry Lamb.
The U.S. SVOD service has partnered with the BBC on Pitching In, which is set around a caravan park on the n…

‘The Woman In White’s Olivia Vinall To Front Acorn TV’s Female Detective Drama ‘Queens Of Mystery’

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The Woman in White’s Olivia Vinall, The Bletchley Circle’s Julie Graham and The Politician’s Husband’s Sarah Woodward are set to star in Acorn TV original Queens of Mystery.
The trio are joined in the six-part female detective series by Siobhan Redmond…

AMC Networks Buys RLJ Entertainment, Adding Streaming Assets

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AMC Networks is paying $274 million to acquire RLJ Entertainment after buying a stake in the media company in February.
RLJ, which was built by notable media figure Robert L. Johnson, controls assets like subscription streaming services Acorn TV and Ur…