NBC Universal acquires thriller series Departure


NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) has announced the acquisition of conspiracy series Departure from Red Arrow Studios International to air in Europe and Africa.

Departure – A Thrilling, six-part drama helmed by acclaimed director T.J. Scott and includes an esteemed ensemble cast with Kris Holden-Ried, Claire Forlani, Rebecca Liddiard, and Dougray Scott.

The series follows the mystery of Flight 716 – a passenger plane that vanishes over the Atlantic Ocean. Following the mysterious crash, recently widowed, brilliant aviation investigator Kendra Malley, played by Emmy Award-winner Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), is called in to investigate by her former boss and mentor Howard Lawson, played by Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer (All The Money In The World). With the whole world watching, Kendra and her team race to pinpoint the missing aircraft and locate possible survivors. They must battle through a host of suspects and motives, from pilot suicide and terrorism, to politically motivated murder and systems failure to determine what really happened to Flight 716 – and to stop it from happening again.

The programme, currently in production in Canada and the UK, was made by Shaftesbury and Greenpoint Productions, in association with Corus Entertainment and Red Arrow Studios International, and co-financed by Starlings Television which is also is overseeing distribution worldwide, with Red Arrow Studios International handling international sales outside of the US. The series is directed by T.J. Scott (Orphan Black, Star Trek: Discovery) and created by Vincent Shiao (Ransom, Aftermath), with Malcolm MacRury as showrunner.

The six one-hour episodes will premiere in the UK, Africa and Germany on Universal TV, and France, Spain and Poland on 13th Street from late 2019, following the world premiere in Canada on Corus’ conventional network Global Television.


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