Shudder snags up A Discovery of Witches series starring Teresa Palmer

Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ SVOD service and Shudder today announced at San Diego Comic-Con the joint acquisition of the Sky original production, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. The eight-episode drama is produced by Bad Wolf -- the creative team behind THE NIGHT OF, DOCTOR WHO, TORCHWOOD, DA VINCI'S DEMONS, and the forthcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS.

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Deborah Harkness, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES stars Matthew Goode (WATCHMEN), Teresa Palmer (LIGHTS OUT), Alex Kingston (DOCTOR WHO), Valarie Pettiford, and Owen Teale (GAME OF THRONES). A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES was adapted for the screen by writer Kate Brooke. Co-founder of Bad Wolf, Jane Tranter is the executive producer and Juan Carlos Medina directs. 

Filmed in the UK at Wolf Studios Wales and on location in Oxford, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES is 

A contemporary love story that begins against the backdrop of Oxford academic life, in a world where small numbers of witches, vampires and daemons live and work, unseen amongst humans, hiding in plain sight. Teresa Palmer is the brilliant historian Diana Bishop, a reluctant witch denying her heritage. The discovery of a bewitched manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library throws her into the heart of a dangerous mystery – and into the path of the enigmatic vampire and geneticist, Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode), who hides a dark family secret.

As Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the secrets of the ancient manuscript, their relationship develops, and events threaten to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between witches, vampires, daemons and humans. Alex Kingston plays Sarah Bishop – Diana’s aunt, Valarie Pettiford plays her partner Emily Mather, and Owen Teale plays Peter Knox, a member of the Congregation.

Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager, Sundance Now:

This captivating story is filled with intrigue, romance and magic and set in spectacular locations that underscore those very qualities. We are thrilled to see Deborah Harkness’ books brought to life in such an inspired way with such a charismatic cast and talented crew. The result is binge-worthy television at its best and we know that ‘A Discovery of Witches’ will appeal to both the premium drama fans at Sundance Now and the genre fans at Shudder.”

Craig Engler, General Manager, Shudder:

A Discovery of Witches is a big, bold series with witches, vampires, and daemons caught up in an all-too-human drama that’s enthralling from the opening minute. It’s unlike anything else on TV and we’re excited to bring it to Shudder members as part of this unique partnership.

Gillian Rose, Senior Vice President, US Sales, and Acquisitions, Sky Vision:

We’re delighted that A Discovery of Witches, a Sky Original production, will make its debut in the U.S. and Canada on Sundance Now and Shudder. It’s a moving, modern day love story, set in a world where a handful of witches, vampires, and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, and I’m sure it will be a huge success for them.

The series will make its debut in the U.S. and Canada on a date to be confirmed, with all episodes available simultaneously on both Sundance Now and Shudder, marking the first partnership of this kind for the two SVOD services. SundanceTV has also acquired second window linear rights to the series. The series was commissioned by Anne Mensah, for transmission on Sky One and Now TV in the UK, where it will begin airing September 14th, 2018

Watch the trailer below!

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