Hulu Acquires Exclusive SVOD Rights to THE ENFIELD HAUNTING
October 27, 2015
THE ENFIELD HAUNTING
From Eleven, Series Stars Award-Winning Actors Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson
Adapted From Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “This House is Haunted”
Toronto/Los Angeles – October 27, 2015 – Leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) announced today it secured a deal with Hulu for the exclusive streaming rights in the U.S. for The Enfield Haunting, a three-part dramatization of the terrifying and bizarre real events that took place at an ordinary house in Enfield, London during the autumn of 1977. Produced by Eleven, the three-hour event mini-series will be available to stream on Hulu with either a commercial free or limited commercials subscription plan beginning October 27th. The deal was brokered by eOne’s Joey Sabella, Director of U.S. and Latin American Sales.
Adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “This House is Haunted,”The Enfield Haunting draws on extensive documentation, recordings and witness statements recorded at the time. To this day, the incident remains the most documented account of poltergeist activity in British history and the basis of horror films including the upcoming TheConjuring 2. Sky Living in the UK originally commissioned the series which launched in May to a record audience, making it the channel’s best-rated show. eOne also recently licensed the series to A&E in the U.S. and Shomi in Canada.
The Enfield Haunting stars Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, The King’s Speech) as Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher, BAFTA nominated actress Juliet Stevenson (Emma, Truly Madly Deeply, The Village) as Maurice’s wife Betty and award-winning actor Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, Frost/Nixon, Pride and Prejudice) as Guy Lyon Playfair, an experienced investigator who approaches the case with skepticism. After a recent personal tragedy, Maurice is drawn to the house on Green Street after disturbing reports of a desperate family terrorized by malevolent unseen forces. Working together to get to the heart of the supernatural happenings, Maurice and Guy will both have to confront their own pasts. Can they save this family from the hauntings and make peace with their own ghosts?
Written by Joshua St. Johnston (“Walking on Sunshine”, “Sweeney Todd“) and directed by Kristoffer Nyholm (“The Killing”), the miniseries was produced by Eleven and executive produced by Adrian Sturges (“The Disappearance of Alice Creed”), Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson. Sky’s Cameron Roach also served as executive producer.
The 3 x 60′ thriller series was acquired through the first-look television deal eOne signed with producers Eleven to broaden its UK television operations. eOne has exclusive first-look rights to all Eleven produced scripted television development, serves as deficit financier and handles worldwide distribution, excluding UK rights for all Eleven television projects including The Enfield Haunting.
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About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ET O) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
Hulu is a premium streaming TV destination that offers hundreds of thousands of hours of the best of current season programming, premium original content, films and full seasons of hit series to subscribers with limited commercials for $7.99 per month or commercial free for $11.99 per month. Hulu is the only streaming subscription service that offers current season content from 5 of the 6 largest U.S. broadcast networks. Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has been at the forefront of entertainment and technology and continues to redefine TV by connecting viewers with the stories they love.
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson, Eleven produces quality drama, documentary and comedy for the UK and international markets.
Eleven’s most recent success was THE ENFIELD HAUNTING, a supernatural drama starring Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Matthew Macfadyen for Sky Living. The show became Sky Living’s highest rated original drama.
Eleven previously produced the critically acclaimed, multi award nominated series GLUE, an 8-part mystery drama for E4 written by double-BAFTA winner Jack Thorne and starring Yasmin Paige, Billy Howle, Callum Turner, Charlotte Spencer and Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks. Other recent titles include THE SECRET LIFE OF THE PUB, a Cutting Edge documentary for Channel 4, and ROTTERS, a comedy for Sky Arts.
In 2014 the Channel 4 Growth Fund invested in Eleven, making it the first drama production company to benefit from the £20m fund. Eleven has projects in development for all of the major UK broadcasters as well as a mini-series in development with Fox in the US about the teenage
years of Jesus.