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Sundance Now Acquires Rights to British TV Drama 'Liar'

30 Nov, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ subscription streaming video service, Nov. 30 acquired exclusive rights to “Liar,” a six-episode series from SundanceTV and ITV streaming Dec. 7.

Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) stars as Laura Nielson, a school teacher who goes on a date with a surgeon (Ioan Gruffudd), whose son is a student at Nielson’s school. After the date, a series of volatile accusations upend both of their lives.

Throughout the first season, secrets and lies slowly unravel to show that everyone is lying in some way until the truth ultimately reveals itself.

“‘Liar’ is a series that epitomizes our strategy of partnering with esteemed talent,” said Jan Diedrichsen, GM of SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “We are excited to bring the series to Sundance Now for those who missed season one [on TV].”

Sundance Now, which costs $6.99 monthly, is part of AMC’s portfolio of upstart over-the-top video services, including horror service Shudder, Acorn TV, Urban Movie Channel (through equity stake in RLJ Entertainment), BritBox and AMC Premiere.

The OTT video comprises part of AMC’s “international and other” business segment, which posted an operating loss of $69 million on revenue of $330 million during the most-recent fiscal period.

Regardless, AMC CEO Josh Sapan remains confident OTT is part of the future in entertainment distribution.

“[OTT is] growing well. People are signing up. We're managing those businesses and getting better at it,” Sapan said on the Nov. 2 fiscal call.

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