FIRST TWO SEASONS OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DRAMA SERIES "PEAKY BLINDERS" TO PREMIERE EXCLUSIVELY ON NETFLIX IN THE US
First Season of Series Starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Annabelle Wallis Premieres September 30 2014
Season Two will Launch on Netflix in November 2014
(Beverly Hills, CA - September 24, 2014) -- Netflix, in association with The Weinstein Company and Endemol, announced that the critically acclaimed, sweeping gangster series "Peaky Blinders" will launch exclusively on Netflix in the US. All six episodes of season one will debut at 12:01am PT on September 30, and season two will launch in November.
"'Peaky Blinders' captivated audiences in the UK with its compelling storylines, powerful performances and stunningly beautiful imagery, and we cannot wait for our US audience to experience the series for the first time on Netflix," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. "We are thrilled to add this must-see series to our roster of exclusive content in the U.S."
"Peaky Blinders is a richly creative, deeply engaging series that will have the perfect home in the U.S. on Netflix," commented Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company. "We're sure American viewers will be seduced from the very first moment."
"We are thrilled to have viewers discover 'Peaky Blinders' on Netflix in the US, quickly becoming known as the preeminent destination for audiences to find and enjoy quality programming from around the world," said Cathy Payne, Chief Executive, Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
A gripping drama, "Peaky Blinders" takes place in 1919 Birmingham, England, and follows the Shelby family, who lead the title group -- a feared gang named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps. Until now they have made money from illegal bookmaking, protection and the black market, but when a crate of guns from the local arms factory falls into his possession, Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) recognizes an opportunity to move up in the world. As rival gangs, communist revolutionaries and IRA Fenians descend on the city in pursuit of the weapons, Winston Churchill dispatches a ruthless police chief (Sam Neill) from Belfast to impose order on an increasingly lawless city and recover the guns.
Delivering "magnetic performances at every turn" (Metro UK), the series stars Cillian Murphy ("Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises"), Sam Neill ("The Tudors," "Jurassic Park"), Helen McCrory ("Hugo," "Harry Potter,"), Annabelle Wallis ("Snow White and the Huntsman", "The Tudors"), Paul Anderson ("The Firm"), Iddo Goldberg ("Secret Diary of a Call Girl") and Charlie Creed-Miles ("Wild Bill"). Tom Hardy ("Inception", "The Dark Knight Rises"), Noah Taylor ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Game of Thrones") and Charlotte Riley ("Edge of Tomorrow") join the cast for Season 2. Created and written by Steven Knight ("Dirty Pretty Things", "Eastern Promises").
"Peaky Blinders" is executive produced by Knight, Caryn Mandabach, Greg Brenman, Jamie Glazebrook, Frith Tiplady. Will Gould joins as an executive producer on season two. The series is a Caryn Mandabach Production and Tiger Aspect Production for BBC Two.
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ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. During Harvey and Bob's tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 348 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; 1408; I'M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE KING'S SPEECH; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH'S KEY; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; BULLY; THE INTOUCHABLES; LAWLESS; KILLING THEM SOFTLY; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; QUARTET; ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH; DARK SKIES; THE SAPPHIRES; SCARY MOVIE 5; KON-TIKI; UNFINISHED SONG; FRUITVALE STATION; LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER; THE GRANDMASTER; SALINGER; 12-12-12; PHILOMENA; MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM; AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY; VAMPIRE ACADEMY; THE RAILWAY MAN; THE IMMIGRANT; YVES SAINT LAURENT; BEGIN AGAIN; THE GIVER; FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR; THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY and TRACKS. Upcoming releases include ST. VINCENT; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON and BIG EYES.
TWC boasts an active television production division led by former Miramax Films Co-President of Production Meryl Poster. TWC garnered nine Emmy nominations in 2013. The Weinstein Company Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, prepping for its 13th season on Lifetime; with its spin-off series and critically-acclaimed Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano and Project Runway Under The Gunn, hosted by Tim Gunn which is currently on air. TWC series that were produced in 2013 include Mob Wives Season 4 which VH1 has green lit for Season 5, Million Dollar Shoppers for Lifetime, Rodeo Girls for A&E and Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor Season 2 for TLC. Scripted project currently in production is John Fusco's historical action-adventure epic Marco Polo. Announced scripted projects in development include Ten Commandments a 10 part event series with each episode to be helmed by a different A-list director and focusing on one commandment and an adaptation of Daniel Stashower's bestselling Civil War-era spy thriller The Hour Of Peril. TWC also developed Amy Sherman Palladino's The Nanny Diaries for ABC and produced the Peabody award-winning HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, directed by Anthony Minghella.
Endemol is a world leading creator, producer and distributor of multiplatform entertainment. The company annually produces over 15,000 hours of programming across scripted and non-scripted genres, including drama, reality TV, comedy, game shows, entertainment, factual and kids programming.
Endemol comprises a global network of creative companies in more than 30 countries and works with over 300 broadcasters, digital platforms and licensees worldwide. The business covers development, production, marketing, distribution, franchise management and multi-platform initiatives including digital video, gaming and apps.
Endemol's credits in non-scripted entertainment include worldwide hits such as Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, The Money Drop and Your Face Sounds Familiar. The company's growing portfolio of award winning drama and comedy includes international titles such as The Fall, Peaky Blinders, Hell On Wheels, Benidorm, Ripper Street, Black Mirror, Bad Education, Mad Fat Diary, Hot in Cleveland, Kirstie, Leverage, Home and Away, Death Comes to Pemberley and The Crimson Field.
As one of the world's largest independent content distributors, Endemol launches over 80 new entertainment formats a year on broadcast networks across the globe and distributes more than 33,000 hours of finished programming. The company's creative teams around the world are continuously developing new ideas that are shared across the Endemol network.
Endemol is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
For more information visit www.endemol.com