All3Media’s Drama Upfront brings the suspense

All3Media International will branch out this afternoon, at a screening in West London, with a list of eclectic high-end dramas that will be paired with a virtual factual upfront for select guests

The distributor’s invite-only Drama Upfront will be its largest yet with 220 buyers set to attend. Stephen Driscoll, All3Media International’s EVP for EMEA, hopes to engage them in conversation about “co-production, pre-sale and scripted format opportunities”.

“The event is the perfect forum for us to present our upcoming drama slate and discuss our customers’ evolving needs,” says Driscoll. “The environment and approach ensure a good two-way dialogue with buyers of drama.”

Leading titles will include a list of projects from Two Brothers Pictures, including the second instalment of Fleabag, as well as The Missing offshoot Baptiste, which will see the popular detective Julien Baptiste return for his own show after a near-death experience.

Two Brothers’ eight-part drama The Widow and psychological thriller Cheat (pictured) will also make an appearance on the slate.

The distributor will additionally showcase work-in-progress titles such as the Studio Lambert, Liberty Global and Amazon-produced The Feed, The Forge’s Dark Money and Australian acquisition Diary of an Uber Driver.

“Our strength this year is our range in terms of content,” says Driscoll. “Each show has a different appeal. We can offer warmth, humour and action and all manner of thrillers.”

The Feed is a psychological thriller from The Walking Dead scribe Channing Powell, based on the recently published novel by Nick Clark Windo. It is set to launch globally in 2019.

Produced for BBC One, Dark Money follows a working-class father who accepts a substantial pay-off from a renowned filmmaker to keep silent about the molestation of his youngest son.

Meanwhile, ABC Australia’s Diary of an Uber Driver is a heart-warming series drawn from true stories. Based on a popular blog and e-book by Ben Phillips, the title follows Ben as he uses what he learns from his passengers to piece together his place in the world.

All3’s first non-English project, from Swedish scribe Jesper Harrie, Blinded will also join the list, along with the latest instalment of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Special guests including writers, producers and talent will be brought in by the distributor to immerse buyers in the content, including The Forge executive producer George Ormond, Two Brothers Pictures’ Jack and Harry Williams, Studio Lambert’s Sue Hogg, as well as talent such as Tcheky Karo and Tom Hollander.

Writers Jack Thorne, Bash Doran, David Hare and Channing Powell will also make an appearance.

The distributor will add further variety with a virtual factual upfront, which will offer up interviews with non-scripted producers, early footage of titles and research that gives buyers the feel and tone of upcoming programming.

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