AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now has acquired the exclusive U.S. premiere rights to the star-studded British remake of the acclaimed and buzzy comedy series Call My Agent! from BRON Studios. BAFTA award winner John Morton (Twenty Twelve, W1A) is writing and directing the first two episodes and executive producing the series. The series will feature cameos from Dominic West (The Crown, The Affair), Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton), Jessica Oyelowo (The Water Man), and David Oyelowo (Nightingale, Selma) as well as well as previously announced appearances from Kelly Macdonald (Line of Duty, Trainspotting), Helena Bonham Carter (The Harry Potter series, The Crown) and Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, An Education). The British remake of Call My Agent! will premiere on Sundance Now in the United States in 2022 shortly after its UK world premiere.
Series regulars include recently added Chelsey Crisp (Fresh Off the Boat), along with previously announced Jack Davenport (The Morning Show, The Pirates of the Caribbean series), Lydia Leonard (Last Christmas, Absentia), Maggie Steed (Elizabeth Is Missing), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Patrick Melrose), Hiftu Quasem (Killing Eve), Fola Evans-Akingbola (Black Mirror), Rebecca Humphries (The Crown), Harry Trevaldwyn (The King), Tim McInnerny (Game of Thrones, Notting Hill), Natasha Little (Night Manager), Edward Bluemel (Killing Eve, Sex Education), Eleonore Arnaud (Nu) and Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Game of Thrones).
The English adaptation of Call My Agent! will keep the sensibilities and premise of the French series, in which the staff of a Parisian talent agency must hustle to keep clients happy after the abrupt death of their founder – all while juggling their own personal and love lives. The British remake, though, will also take a close look at London culture and class inequality, Britain’s entertainment relations to American Hollywood, and provide a whimsical tonality, unique to John Morton’s writing.
“Call My Agent! remains one of the most popular and talked about series globally, so Sundance Now is thrilled to bring our US subscribers this highly-anticipated British reimagining,” said Shannon Cooper, VP of Programming for Sundance Now, AMC Networks. “With its stellar cast and surprising cameos combined with John Morton’s unique British take on the series, our subscribers will be enthralled with this new series.”
“This sale to Sundance Now in the US builds on BRON’s already strong relationship with AMC Networks, and continues BRON television’s global mandate to identify, finance and produce European/UK IP that can be exploited in the US and beyond,” said David Davoli, President of Television for BRON Studios. “We look forward to John Morton’s adaptation of this beloved series becoming a part of the high-quality body of work that Sundance is associated with, and entertaining audiences for years to come.”
Executive Producers are David Davoli, Samantha Thomas, Steven Thibault, and Aaron L. Gilbert for BRON Studios, Christian Baute, Frank Calderon, and Laurence Lenica for Headline Pictures, and David Tanner from Turbine Studios. Sarah Curtis is a producer and Ben Rimmer is a co-producer, with BRON’s Emma Fleischer on as supervising producer. Call My Agent! original producers, Aurélien Larger and Harold Valentin of Mother Productions, and Dominique Besnehard and Michel Feller of Mon Voisin Productions, are also executive producers. BRON Studios is producing, co-financing and distributing. Headline Pictures is co-producing.
Chelsey Crisp – A3 Artists Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and Vision PR
Dominic West – Tavistock Wood Management and WME
Phoebe Dynevor – United Agents, The Gersh Agency, Luber Roklin Entertainment and Public Eye Communications
Jessica Oyelowo – Hamilton Hodell and Art2perform
David Oyelowo – CAA, Hamilton Hodell, and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano
About Sundance Now
Sundance Now is for culture craving TV watchers looking for their next series to obsess over and offers a rich selection of original and exclusive series from engrossing true crime to heart-stopping dramas and fiercely intelligent thrillers from around the world, all streaming commercial-free. Adding exclusive new programs every week, Sundance Now has exclusively premiered several distinctive, critically acclaimed Sundance Now Original Series, including supernatural drama A Discovery of Witches; glamourous thriller Riviera; and critically acclaimed French spy drama The Bureau; plus Sundance Now Exclusives, such as Nordic noir thriller Wisting and British drama Des starring David Tennant; as well as riveting true crime series like No One Saw a Thing.
About AMC Networks
AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.
BRON is a worldwide media and entertainment company committed to furthering the art and craft of meaningful commercial storytelling. Focused on the strategic development, production and financing of original live-action and animated features, television and digital media content, BRON has been instrumental in more than 100 productions and has built a robust slate of upcoming projects across all platforms. The company’s filmmaker-first approach, built on inclusion, innovation and respect, has helped BRON solidify creative relationships with elite talent from an array of backgrounds. The company has been part of an outstanding 27 Academy Award(R) nominations and 6 wins, including for such acclaimed films as Judas and the Black Messiah, which earned the best actor Oscar for Daniel Kaluuya, in addition to winning Best Original Song for H.E.R.’s ‘Fight for You;’ Bombshell; the box-office record-breaking film Joker, which earned Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar for best actor; and Fences. Other BRON film partnerships include most recently Fatherhood; Monster; Greyhound; The Willoughbys; The Way Back; Clint Eastwood’s The Mule; Queen & Slim; Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner; Tully; Leave No Trace; Roman J. Israel Esq.; and The Birth of a Nation among several others. Upcoming film releases include Dev Patel’s directorial debut, Monkey Man, with most worldwide rights being acquired by Netflix in an astounding $30 million deal. Additional upcoming releases include David Lowery’s The Green Knight, starring Dev Patel; the Aretha Franklin biography Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson; Jordan Peele’s Candyman; Ghostbusters: Afterlife, BRON’s third collaboration with Jason Reitman; and Barry Levinson’s The Survivor, starring Ben Foster. BRON recently wrapped production on the crime drama television series Kin, starring Clare Dunne, Aidan Gillen and Charlie Cox, which will launch this Fall on AMC+; Nate Parker’s Solitary, starring BAFTA and Emmy nominee David Oyelowo; the spaghetti western television series That Dirty Black Bag and Anthony Mandler’s Surrounded, starring Letitia Wright, Jamie Bell and Michael K. Williams. Founded in 2010 by Aaron L. Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert, BRON Studios is headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, and companies in the UK and New Zealand.