Source: Channel 4/Fifty Fathom

‘Adult Material’

HBO Max has acquired Channel 4/  Fifty Fathom’s pornography drama Adult Material from Banijay Rights.

The four-part drama, which debuted in the UK at the beginning of October, will head to the WarnerMedia streamer in December, following a deal brokered by Matt Creasey, executive vice-president of sales, co-productions and acquisitions, rest of world at Banijay Rights. 

Adult Material is written by Lucy Kirkwood and stars Hayley Squires (Collateral) as a leading adult actress who juggles her work with being a single mother of three. It explores themes of sex in the age of the internet, the blurring of fantasy and reality, and economic choices for women. 

“To secure this deal before the UK series has finished airing is a testament to the excellence of this programme,” said Creasey. 

The pick-up follows the high-profile acquisition of Sky original I Hate Suzierevealed by Broadcast last week. 

Other Mipcom drama deals: Possessions; Roadkill; The Minister 

HBO Max has also acquired StudioCanal’s French, Israeli and English-language psychological thriller Possessions as an international original.  

Commissioned by Canal+ and Yes in Israel, the Haut et Court TV-produced drama focuses on the aftermath when Natalie, a young French expatriate in Israel, is charged with the murder of her husband on their wedding night. 

Elsewhere, WarnerMedia sibling HBO has pre-bought BBC1 and PBS Masterpiece’s forthcoming political thriller Roadkill in a pan-regional deal covering CEE, Nordics and Portugal. 

Produced by The Forge and sold by All3Media International. Roadkill stars Hugh Laurie (House) as a charismatic politician whose life begins to disintegrate as his secrets are made public.  

In addition, Australia’s ABC has taken first window TV rights, while local streamer Stan has picked up second window SVoD rights. KT Hitel in Korea, TVNZ in New Zealand, Holland’s NPO, Germany’s Magenta TV, Intervision (Greece and Cyprus), Kinopoisk for Russia and CIS, Iceland’s Siminn hf and Telefónica in Spain have all picked up the drama. 

Fellow political thriller The Minister, produced by Sagafilm for RUV Iceland, has been acquired by SBS in Australia, AMC Networks International Southern Europe, and Canada’s TVO Canada, from distributor Cineflix Rights. The acquisitions follow on from a pick-up from North American streamer Topic. 

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