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DirecTV Latin America Picks Up Studiocanal’s ‘Spotless’

LONDON — DirecTV Latin America has acquired dark, irreverent one-hour crime drama series “Spotless” from Studiocanal, which is handling worldwide distribution.

The series, which airs on NBCUniversal’s Esquire Network in the U.S., stars Marc-Andre Grondin (“C.R.A.Z.Y”), Denis Menochet (“Inglourious Basterds”), Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”) and Miranda Raison (“24: Live Another Day”). The show was co-created by Ed McCardie (“Shameless”) and Corinne Marrinan, and is produced by Munich-based Tandem Productions.

The first 10-episode season of “Spotless” received plaudits from the U.S. and French media. The Washington Post stated, “Esquire Network finds a winner with first scripted drama,” the Philadelphia Inquirer called the show “brilliant,” Le Figaro applauded it as “a French-British co-production of a rare quality,” while Le Monde said it was “a complete success.”

Grondin plays Jean Bastiere, whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother Martin (Menochet) gets both of them involved in organized crime. Set against the backdrop of Jean’s crime-scene cleaning business, the brothers must confront the sins of the past and dangers of the present. Ensnared by mob boss Nelson Clay (Coyle), corruption, drugs and death pose a constant hazard. With Jean’s wife Julie (Raison), the family struggles to gain control over their lives.

“OnDirecTV, our exclusive entertainment channel, has become a top performing channel among our subscribers by showcasing the best in international premium series,” said Willard Tressel, OnDirecTV general manager. “‘Spotless’ nicely fits our channel vision with a winning combination of a great cast, smart writing and stylish direction.”

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