SBS partners with Stan to launch new show DIG

TV broadcaster SBS and streaming service Stan have partnered to broadcast new series DIG, which will be fast tracked to Stan from Friday and then shown on SBS and SBS on demand from May.

The release:

SBS and Stan today announced they have partnered to secure the Australian broadcast and subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) rights to series DIG produced by Universal Cable Productions developed by Keshet*.

From the creators of Homeland and Heroes, DIG tells the story of a murder mystery set against the backdrop of modern day Jerusalem, a city shrouded in ancient intrigue.

The ten-part series will available first on Stan from 6 March, fast-tracked from the US, with new episodes available every Friday.  The free to air broadcast will launch on SBS ONE in May with catch-up also offered via SBS ON DEMAND.

Marshall Heald, SBS Director of TV and Online Content, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Stan with this fantastic drama series we’ve acquired from Keshet International.  The partnership allows SBS to acquire premium content at the best value to audiences.  Viewers can access the series across a range of platforms so they can watch it in a way that suits them.  It is part of SBS’s commitment to bringing great stories to all Australians in an ever expanding world of content delivery.”

Keren Shahar, MD Distribution at Keshet International said: “We’re delighted that DIG has so quickly found a home in Australia on the premiere broadcast platforms SBS and Stan.”

Nick Forward, Stan’s Director of Content and Product said: “We are thrilled to extend our existing partnership with SBS – which already sees an extensive library of their popular TV series and World Movies included in our lineup – to bring this complex and exciting series to Australian viewers first on Stan.”

Created and executive produced by Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff (Homeland), DIG is from Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and was developed by Keshet, in association with Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) of The Jackal Group and Gene Stein (Deception).  SJ Clarkson directed and also served as executive producer on the pilot. Keshet’s Avi Nir (Homeland), Alon Shtruzman and Karni Ziv also serve as executive producers.

The show follows FBI agent Peter Connelly (Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs, “Awake”) who has had his fair share of heartbreak.  Anxious to leave his personal demons behind, Peter takes a job stationed in Israel under the guidance of his new boss, and occasional lover, Lynn Monahan (Emmy Award-winner Anne Heche, “Save Me”).  When he sets out to solve the murder of a young American, Peter soon finds himself embroiled in an international mystery that delves into the Holy Land’s darkest secrets.  What he discovers is a conspiracy thousands of years in-the-making that threatens to change the course of history.  While Peter races to figure out what it all means, he quickly finds that he may not be the only one searching for answers.

The series also stars Alison Sudol(Transparent), David Costabile (Breaking Bad), Screen Actors Guild Award-winner Richard E. Grant (Downton Abbey), Golden Globe Award-winner Regina Taylor (The Unit ), Emmy Award nominee Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Tony Award nominee Omar Metwally (Non-Stop) andOri Pfeffer (World War Z).

Source: SBS press release


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