'Wired,' 'Dead Beat' emerge from Clerkenwell deal

BBC America is developing two new series with Blighty shingle Clerkenwell Films, with BBC Worldwide distributing.

Sci-fi drama “Wired” comes from Steven Volk (“Afterlife”) and takes place in a universe similar to ours except that it is occupied by synthetic replicas of humans. Themes of the series include man’s relationship with technology and how that affects society values and morals.

“The Dead Beat,” from John Jackson (“Being Human”), is a buddy cop drama in which one of the officers is dead.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be developing these British projects with Clerkenwell, our first originals in the sci-fi genre,” BBC America g.m. Perry Simon said. “Supernatural Saturday has become a popular fixture on BBC America’s schedule, and both these highly creative ideas add a new dimension to our programming.”

BBC America signed a nonexclusive development deal with Clerkenwell in September.

“There’s a great energy behind this partnership,” Clerkenwell CEO Murray Ferguson said. “The prospect of reaching a global audience is exciting.”

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