Ovation TV has snatched up U.S. rights to The Halcyon, the latest British period drama from Left Bank Pictures, producers of Netflix's Golden Globe-winning series The Crown.
Ovation plans to premiere The Halcyon in the U.S. this fall. The series is set during the 1940s at a glamorous five-star hotel at the center of London high society and caught up in a world at war. Described as akin to Downton Abbey, the show stars Steven Mackintosh (Luther), Olivia Williams (Anna Karenina) and Hermione Corfield (Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur).
In a separate deal, Ovation also secured premiere rights in the U.S. for Canadian WWII spy series X Company. Produced by Toronto's Temple Street Productions and Budapest-based Pioneer Stillking Films for the CBC in Canada, X Company centers on five young recruits - Canadian, American and British - taken to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility before parachuting behind enemy lines.
Jack Laskey (Hatfields & McCoys), Evelyne Brochu (Orphan Black) and Warren Brown (Luther) star. Ovation is planning a 2018 premiere for the series in the U.S..
The network picked up both shows from Sony Pictures Television, which is handling international distribution.