Tuesday, January 8, 2019

NBCUniversal International acquires the new missing flight Canadian conspiracy drama series, Departure, coming to Universal TV on DStv in late-2019.

NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) has acquired the drama series Departure from Red Arrow Studios International with Archie Panjabi for broadcast in Europe and on Universal TV (DStv 117) in South Africa and across Africa.

Departure will start on Universal TV in South Africa, Africa, the UK, and Germany in late-2019, and on NBCUIN's other channel, 13th Street, in France, Spain and Poland after its premiere in Canada on the free-to-air Global Television.

Departure, a new conspiracy drama series, with director T.J. Scott and created by Vincent Shiao, is a Canada/United Kingdom treaty co-production produced by Shaftesbury in Canada and Greenpoint Productions in the United Kingdom, in association with Corus Entertainment and co-financed by Starlings Television.

Red Arrow Studios International handles the international sales outside of the United States.

Departure follows the mystery of Flight 716, a passenger plane that vanishes over the Atlantic Ocean.

Following the mysterious crash, recently widowed, aviation investigator Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi of The Good Wife) is called in to investigate by her former boss and mentor Howard Lawson (Christopher Plummer).

"Departure's gripping storyline – steeped in conspiracy, mystery and intriguing characters – is a great fit for our international channel brands and will have our viewers on the edge of their seats," says Steve Patscheck, executive vice-president of global programming at NBCUniversal International Networks.

"We look forward to bringing this thrilling series and its stellar award-winning cast to our fans around the world."

Bo Stehmeier, president at Red Arrow Studios International, says "We are delighted NBCUniversal International Networks has come on board as a pay-TV partner for Departure. Audiences across Europe and Africa will be captivated by the action-packed, suspenseful storyline and all-star cast."