STARZ TO PREMIERE “THE MISSING”
THE SEARCH ENDS. THE MYSTERY BEGINS.
SUNDAY, February 12th AT 8PM ET/PT
New Key Art Teases the Second Installment of the
Critically-Acclaimed Limited Series
Beverly Hills, Calif., December 15, 2016 – Starz announced today that the second installment of the Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-nominated thriller, “The Missing” will premiere on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 8PM ET/PT on STARZ. Produced by New Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground for BBC One and Starz, the 8-episode limited series, written by Harry and Jack Williams (“Rellik,” “Fleabag”) and solely directed by Ben Chanan, introduces a new case with new characters in a new location.
The highly-anticipated, shocking finale of “The Missing” recently aired in the United Kingdom on November 30th to nearly 8 million viewers, and the episode maintained a steady #1 top-trending spot among discussions on Twitter that night. The second installment has received praise from critics and audiences alike in the United Kingdom. The Guardian called it “the most grisly, gripping show on television” and the Daily Telegraph applauded the “haunting, heartfelt performances.”
Starz also released the official limited series key art with the tagline, “The search ends. The mystery begins.” The image depicts the mysterious return of Alice Webster, foreshadowing how little is known of her disappearance, and the secrets she might hold, about the unsolved case of another missing girl.
The anthology series follows parents Sam (David Morrissey) and Gemma Webster (Keeley Hawes), whose daughter, Alice, went missing in 2003. Eleven years later, a young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and announces herself as Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), the girl who went missing over a decade prior. Alice’s sudden return causes ripples of suspicion through the small community, especially when it is revealed she may hold vital clues to the whereabouts of another missing girl, Sophie Giroux, who vanished shortly before Alice. Haunted by the unsolved Giroux case, French detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) is motivated out of retirement to follow new information that Alice may have on Sophie’s disappearance. Told across three timelines, flitting between 2014 and the present day, we follow Alice’s family as they are thrown into a turmoil that threatens to tear them apart at the seams.
The first installment of “The Missing” premiered on STARZ in 2014 and was hugely successful among viewers and critics, receiving two Golden Globe® award nominations and one Emmy® award nomination. The limited series also received four BAFTA Television Award nominations and a nomination the Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Available right now, STARZ subscribers can stream and download the first installment of “The Missing” on the Starz App.
Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ® brand with 24.5 million subscribers in the United States as of September 30, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31.5 million subscribers. Starz provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.
About New Pictures
New Pictures was established by Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke and Willow Grylls in April 2013 to produce television drama for all markets. In the first year of operation, New Pictures was greenlit for production on two series: “The Missing” for BBC1 and Starz and “Indian Summers” for Channel 4 and WGBH. Both shows were ratings and critical hits and are now into their second series. In addition two further original series “Rellik” and “Requiem” have been commissioned for production for BBC1 in 2017. Between them the executive team have produced or commissioned thousands of hours of award-winning drama for every major broadcaster in the UK and for HBO, Cinemax, CBS, MTV and Showtime in the USA. In January 2016, New Pictures sold to All3Media.
About Two Brothers Pictures
An independent company established in 2014 by Harry and Jack Williams, joined by their Development Producers Sarah Hammond and Lydia Hampson. Productions include “Fleabag,” “One Of Us,” and the upcoming “Rellik,” “Liar” and “White Dragon”. They have a first-look distribution deal with All3Media.
CZAR produces and co-produces feature films, as well as high-quality short films and television series. It focuses on the production of director driven films with a desire for renewal and evolving visual and narrative techniques, within an international European frame and network. Its goal is to create a platform for defiant directors and to export Belgian talent. The company is managed by producer Eurydice Gysel and producer/director Koen Mortier. In the past they produced the feature films Ex Drummer and 22nd of May, both directed by Koen Mortier. The films took part in numerous festivals and were sold worldwide. Their latest project Waste Land by Pieter van Hees, starring Jérémie Renier is still traveling and was released in France. Further they produced the short films A Gentle Creature, Rivers Return, Perfect Drug, Playing Away from Home, all of which were in competition at A-list festivals around the world. The latest short Feel Sad for the Bunny by Kenneth Mercken received the Special Mention of the Jury at the International Short Film Festival of Leuven in 2015 as well as the award for Best Short Film at the Ensor Awards. Besides their own productions, they co-produced Borgman and Schneider vs. Bax, both by Alex van Warmerdam, L’Etrange couleur des larmes de ton corps by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani and Supernova by Tamar van den Dop. All of these productions had their world premiere at A-list festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Locarno, and Toronto. The BBC series The White Queen, a historic drama, was their first television co-production and aired in 2013. Another BBC co-production they worked is the thriller series The Missing.
About all3media International
all3media international distributes popular, award-winning TV programmes to over 1000 broadcasters and media platforms around the world. The company has been celebrated for producing, marketing and distributing quality, ground-breaking and pioneering shows to global audience – consistently topping the Broadcast and Televisual annual Indies Surveys and we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of our growth – twice.
Our catalogue contains over 7,000 hours of content across all genres, with a focus on drama, comedy, factual, entertainment and formats. As well as Britain’s top-selling series Midsomer Murders, our lead dramas include The Missing, Indian Summers, Foyle’s War, Skins, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Hinterland. Factual, entertainment and format bestsellers include Gogglebox, Undercover Boss, The Gadget Show, The Cube, The Only Way is Essex and The Million Second Quiz. As part of the UK’s leading multi-label studio we partner with UK and international producers – including our own studios – in developing, financing and delivering content and formats.
Playground is a New York and London based television and theatre production company founded in 2012 by Emmy, BAFTA, Tony and Golden Globe award-winning producer Colin Callender. It is committed to producing quality drama for the screen and the stage bringing together the finest US and UK talent from the worlds of theatre, film, and television.
Playground has produced over 50 hours of prime time television drama garnering 15 Emmy nominations, 20 BAFTA nominations, including 5 wins, and 11 Golden Globe nominations, including a Golden Globe win for Best Miniseries. Recent productions include the Emmy-nominated and BAFTA, Golden Globe and Peabody Award winning six-part miniseries adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and Claire Foy for the BBC and Masterpiece, RTS winning and BAFTA-nominated television adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins and directed by Richard Eyre for the BBC and Starz, The White Princess a limited series for Starz based on the bestselling book by Phillippa Gregory, and Ken Lonergan’s upcoming four hour adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Howards End directed by BAFTA winner Hettie Macdonald and co-produced with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment for the BBC.
Playground’s recent theatre productions on Broadway include: Nora Ephron’s Tony-nominated Lucky Guy directed by George C. Wolfe starring Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut, Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-nominated Casa Valentina directed by Joe Mantello, the Tony award-winning revival of musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jez Butterworth’s The River directed by Ian Rickson starring Hugh Jackman, and Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s critically acclaimed groundbreaking production of Macbeth at The Park Avenue Armory in New York. Playground, in partnership with Sonia Friedman Productions and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, is currently producing the record-breaking West End hit play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.