via press release:
E! ORDERS SCRIPTED PILOT PICK-UP FOR “THE ARRANGEMENT”
Announcement Follows The Network’s Successful First Venture Into Scripted Programming With Hit Series “The Royals”
Drama From Emmy Award-Winning Jonathan Abrahams (“Murder in the First,” “Mad Men”) Is Produced By Universal Cable Productions
Los Angeles, CA – April 30, 2015 – On the heels of the incredibly successful launch of E!’s first scripted series, “The Royals,” the network has announced the pilot pick-up for a drama entitled “The Arrangement.” The pilot was written by Jonathan Abrahams, who won a Writer’s Guild Award and a Primetime Emmy for his previous work on “Mad Men.” Abrahams will also executive produce the project along with Jimmy Fox of Objective Productions USA, an All3Media company. Stephen Lambert and Eli Holzman of All3Media America will also serve as executive producers. Universal Cable Productions is set to produce.
“Jonathan has written a terrific script that juxtaposes a very public Hollywood romance with darker, more nefarious elements. We are excited to work with Universal Cable Productions and Objective to make this pilot and bring the story to life,” said Kevin Plunkett, SVP Scripted Programming, E!. “’The Arrangement’ is the perfect follow-up to the success of ‘The Royals,’ taking the E! brand further into the scripted space with young skewing, escapist stories.”
E!’s first scripted series, “The Royals,” premiered in March 2015 to much success and is currently the highest-rated new original scripted series this year across all key demos in ad supported cable (excluding spinoffs). L3 data for the latest installment of “The Royals” reinforces that the hit series is continuing to grow its fan-base, particularly among young, social women. Over the last three episodes, “The Royals” garnered over 1MM A18-49 L3, which is 3% above the season average. In its sixth episode, the series ranked #5 for the night and #3 for the timeslot with A18-49, and ranked #3 for the night and #1 in the timeslot with W18-34. Additionally, “The Royals” has consistently been the only new show other than “Better Call Saul” to be in top 25 most social cable shows each week, hitting #7 in all of cable last week. E! ordered a second season of “The Royals,” which the network announced in January.
“The Arrangement” is a Cinderella story for modern times, with a dramatic and complicated Hollywood twist. The drama follows Megan Morrison, a beautiful young actress who auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster playing opposite Kyle West, the hottest actor of the moment. After an amazing audition segues into a dream-like first date, Megan’s Cinderella story takes a turn to the bizarre when she is presented with a contract that details an entire relationship with Kyle. Megan must weigh her options and the benefits and consequences to her career and her life overall… and decide whether or not she will accept “The Arrangement.”
About E! Entertainment
E! is the only global, multiplatform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 98 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. Eonline delivers breaking entertainment news and in-depth coverage on television, movies, music, celebrities, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. One of the fastest-growing, most influential digital properties, Eonline is a leader in online video and mobile and a leading entertainment brand across social. E! programming includes core franchises “E! News,” “The Soup” and “Fashion Police,” popular series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Total Divas,” “#RichKids of Beverly Hills,” “Botched” and “House of DVF,” as well as the network’s first original scripted series “The Royals.” Additionally, E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. UCP’s content library spans classics such as Emmy-award winning, “Monk,” and critic and fan favorites “Psych,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Warehouse 13.” In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks, including: “Dig,” “Playing House,” “Royal Pains,” “Satisfaction” and “Suits” on USA Network; “Ascension,” “Defiance,” “Dominion,” and “12 Monkeys” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” on Bravo; “Difficult People” on Hulu; “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray; and “Side Effects” on Awesomeness TV/YouTube. Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.
ABOUT OBJECTIVE PRODUCTIONS/ ALL3MEDIA AMERICA
OBJECTIVE PRODUCTIONS is a London based production company founded in 1991 where it has rapidly become one of the UK’s most influential content creators. Objective produces cutting edge and innovative scripted comedy, drama, documentary, children’s and magic shows for a range of television broadcasters. Notable productions include the BAFTA Award-winning comedy Peep Show (Channel 4), Fresh Meat (Channel 4), and Toast of London (Channel 4). Objective Productions USA is based in Los Angeles and overseen by Jimmy Fox who joined the company in February, 2014. Prior to Objective, Fox was Head of Development for multimedia studio Electus where he spearheaded the development for series Killer Women (ABC), Marco Polo (Netflix) and Jane the Virgin (CW). Objective USA is currently in production on the CNN series “United Shades of America” hosted by W. Kamau Bell. OBJECTIVE PRODUCTIONS is owned by global production and distribution company ALL3MEDIA.
All3Media America is the Los Angeles-based production studio for All3Media, a global production and distribution group of companies headquartered in the UK. Established in December 2012, All3Media America develops and produces a wide range of original scripted and non-scripted programming specifically for the US market as well as serving as the domestic production base for the group’s international formats and the group companies’ US development. All3Media America companies include Bentley, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Maverick, MME, Morocco Junction Entertainment, North One, Objective, South Pacific Pictures, Studio Lambert Associates and Zoo Productions. The company currently has series in production or development with a large number of broadcast and cable networks, including the Emmy award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS. All3Media America’s formats and finished programs are distributed internationally by All3Media International. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.