EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* AUDIENCE Network has ordered 10, 1-hour episodes of “ICE.” The new series is from global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) and Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films.
“ICE” will focus on the treacherous and colorful world of diamond traders in downtown Los Angeles. It will begin production this month and premiere on the AUDIENCE Network in 2016 exclusively on both DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse.
Antoine Fuqua (“The Magnificent Seven,” “The Equalizer,” “Training Day”) will direct the first episode and will serve as executive producer. The original series will be written and executive produced by Robert Munic (“Fighting,” “The Cleaner”). eOne will produce the show in association with AT&T and also controls international rights to the series.
“ICE” is a high-impact, serialized crime drama that follows the Green Family, as they plunge into the underbelly of the Los Angeles diamond trade. Jake and Freddy are half-brothers brought together by their father Isaac, the patriarch behind G&G Diamonds, and their uncle Cam. After wildcard Freddy kills a prominent diamond dealer, his brother Jake must bail him out and save the family business while maneuvering amongst jewelry thugs, blood diamond deals, false certificates, and the Feds.
“I’ve been interested in this idea for several years and am thrilled to have found such great partners to bring this project to fruition,” said Fuqua. “I’m always looking for projects that explore worlds that audiences think they know, and then shining an authentic light on them, and with ‘ICE’ we’re going to do both.”
“‘ICE’ has truly been a labor of love for us as we have been cultivating and evolving this project with Antoine Fuqua for more than two years,” said Christopher Long, senior vice president, Original Content and Production, AT&T. “With Antoine, our amazing team of writers, as well as our studio eOne, we know that ‘ICE’ will capture the attention of viewers who are looking for exciting new shows with compelling storylines to add to their must watch TV lineup.”
“We are delighted to deepen our longstanding relationship with AT&T and establish an exciting new one with Fuqua Films,” said Pancho Mansfield, president, Global Scripted Programming, eOne Television. “With ‘ICE,’ we will deliver suspenseful drama at its finest and an instant crowd-pleaser.”
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About AUDIENCE Network
Always Original. Always Smart. Always Bold. Never Ordinary. AUDIENCE is a unique and exclusive television experience available only to DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse subscribers. The channel first made its mark by partnering with NBC to produce and air three additional seasons of the Emmy Award-winning series Friday Night Lights and then became the exclusive home of the Emmy Award-winning drama Damages, starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. AUDIENCE continues its commitment to original, provocative content with a growing slate of critically acclaimed original series including the MMA drama Kingdom, starring Frank Grillo and Nick Jonas; the industry’s first polyamorous romantic comedy You Me Her starring Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard and Priscilla Faia; the suspense-drama Rogue, starring Cole Hauser and Ashley Greene; Full Circle: Miami, written by Jorge Zamacona and starring Dougray Scott, Kim Raver, and Harold Perrineau. AUDIENCE is also home to acclaimed original documentaries including The Fighting Season, a first hand account of the deadliest year in our nation’s longest war, Executive Produced by Ricky Schroder. Sports fans will find live, daily sports and entertainment news from renowned sports journalists on The Dan Patrick Show and The Rich Eisen Show, and in-depth interviews with sports icons like Derek Jeter and Michael Phelps on Undeniable with Joe Buck. Plus, viewers can enjoy exclusive concerts by today’s hottest artists on AUDIENCE Music and intimate interviews with top talent like Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain on Off Camera with Sam Jones. It’s original entertainment you won’t see anywhere else. For more info, please visit directv.com/audience.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks. www.entertainmentone.com
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