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NEW SERIES VIDEO FOR SPY THRILLER “COUNTERPART”

EARLY SNEAK OF PILOT EPISODE TO AIR AFTER OUTLANDER SEASON THREE FINALE

DECEMBER 10th AT 9 PM ET/PT

Beverly Hills, Calif., November 30, 2017 – Starz released today the key art and series overview video for new Original series “Counterpart,” starring Academy Award®-winner J.K. Simmons that is set to premiere on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at 8PM ET/PT. Starz also announced an early sneak peek of the pilot episode to be aired after the “Outlander” season three finale on December 10th, 2017 at 9 pm ET/PT.

“Counterpart,” from creator Justin Marks, MRC, Gilbert Films, and Anonymous Content, is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, “what if our lives could have been different?”

The key art features J.K. Simmons in the role of Howard Silk’s counterpart from the parallel world, and was released with a companion art piece featuring Howard Silk. The new series overview provides the audience with a more in-depth look at this world of intrigue and espionage with interviews featuring executive producers and cast, as well as never-before-seen-footage.

“Counterpart” also features Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Hyde Park on Hudson, “Manhattan”) as ‘Emily Burton Silk,’ Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre, “Manhattan”) as ‘Peter Quayle,’ Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger, “Marcella”) as ‘Ian Shaw,’ Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland,” Ben-Hur, Hotel Mumbai) as ‘Clare,’ Sara Serraiocco (Salvo, Cloro, Worldly Girl) as ‘Baldwin,’ and Ulrich Thomsen (“The Blacklist,” “Banshee”) as ‘Aldrich.’ Academy Award® nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) directed the first episode.

Created, written, and executive produced by Marks (The Jungle Book), “Counterpart” is also executive produced by Amy Berg (“Da Vinci’s Demons”), Gary Gilbert (La La Land) with Gilbert Films, Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), as well as Keith Redmon (The Revenant), and Bard Dorros (Spotlight) with Anonymous Content.

Production on the first season began in Los Angeles in 2016, and wrapped in Berlin earlier this year.

For more information on “Counterpart” and access to press materials and show assets, please visit the new STARZ Media Room, compatible with iPad devices: https://mediaroom.starz.com/

About Starz

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 and STARZ ENCORE channels and 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 MRC

MRC is a leading film and television studio, specializing in the creation of content in partnership with the industry’s foremost creative talent.  The company develops, produces and finances film and TV for leading distributors including Sony, Warner Bros., Universal and Fox, as well as premier networks including HBO, ABC, Netflix, AMC, Lifetime and Comedy Central.  MRC is the studio behind the Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning series House of Cards, distributed by Netflix and various international distributors.  The company also developed, produced and financed Ted, distributed by Universal Pictures, the highest grossing original comedy of all time worldwide.  For more information, please visit www.mrcstudios.com.

About Gilbert Films

Gilbert Films is the Los Angeles-based production company founded by Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning producer Gary Gilbert.  Through both independent and studio films and elevated television series, Gilbert Films’ projects have been nominated for 18 Academy Awards®, 11 Golden Globes®, 15 BAFTAs and 7 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Gilbert most recently produced the acclaimed award-winning film La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. He also produced the Academy Award®-nominated film The Kids Are All Right, written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. Gilbert and Gilbert Films’ first feature, writer/director Zach Braff’s Garden State, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was honored with the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Other recent credits include Save The Date, You Are Here, The Keeping Room, Margaret, From Prada to Nada, Henry Poole Is Here, and Meet Monica Velour. Gilbert Films’ first television series “Counterpart” will premiere on STARZ in 2018. The sci-fi thriller stars Academy Award®-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and is directed by Academy Award®-nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game).

STARZ RELEASES OFFICIAL TRAILER AND PREMIERE DATE FOR NEW SPY THRILLER “COUNTERPART”

SET TO DEBUT JANUARY 21ST AT 8PM ET/PT

Starring Academy Award® Winner J.K. Simmons, “Counterpart” is an Original Series from creator Justin Marks and MRC, Executive Produced by Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content

Beverly Hills, Calif., – November 2, 2017 – Starz announced today that the 10-episode first season of new Original series “Counterpart” will premiere on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at 8PM ET/PT. Academy Award®-winner J.K. Simmons stars in two roles in this spy thriller from creator Justin Marks and MRC, and executive producers Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content. The official trailer provides the first look into a captivating world of espionage, intrigue, and government conspiracies.

“Counterpart” is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, “what if our lives could have been different?”

“Counterpart” also features Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Hyde Park on Hudson, “Manhattan”) as ‘Emily Burton Silk,’ Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre, “Manhattan”) as ‘Peter Quayle,’ Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger, “Marcella”) as ‘Ian Shaw,’ Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland,” Ben-Hur, Hotel Mumbai) as ‘Clare,’ Sara Serraiocco (Salvo, Cloro, Worldly Girl) as ‘Baldwin,’ and Ulrich Thomsen (“The Blacklist,” “Banshee”) as ‘Aldrich.’ Academy Award® nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) directed the first episode.

Created, written, and executive produced by Marks (The Jungle Book), “Counterpart” is executive produced by Marks, Gary Gilbert (La La Land) with Gilbert Films, Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), as well as Keith Redmon (The Revenant) and Bard Dorros (Spotlight) with Anonymous Content. Amy Berg also served as Executive Producer on the first season.

Production on the first season began in Los Angeles in 2016, and wrapped in Berlin earlier this year.

For more information on “Counterpart” and access to press materials and show assets, please visit the new STARZ Media Room, compatible with iPad devices: https://mediaroom.starz.com/

Visit the official “Counterpart” Facebook Page, and follow @Counterpart_STZ on Twitter and @counterpart_stz on Instagram. Join the conversation with #Counterpart and #STARZ.

About Starz

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 and STARZ ENCORE channels and 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 MRC

MRC is a leading film and television studio, specializing in the creation of content in partnership with the industry’s foremost creative talent. The company develops, produces and finances film and TV for leading distributors including Sony, Warner Bros., Universal and Fox, as well as premier networks including HBO, ABC, Netflix, AMC, Lifetime and Comedy Central. MRC is the studio behind the Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning series House of Cards, distributed by Netflix and various international distributors. The company also developed, produced and financed Ted, distributed by Universal Pictures, the highest grossing original comedy of all time worldwide. For more information, please visit www.mrcstudios.com.

 

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.

davemorrisseyThe 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.

About Starz

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.

About CZAR

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.

About Playground

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.

Final Season of “BLACK SAILS”

Beverly Hills, Calif., October 4, 2016 – Starz released today the premiere date and key art for the fourth and final season of the Emmy®-winning Original series “Black Sails,” returning Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 9 pm ET/PT. The 10-episode fourth season of the stand-out high seas drama brings fans to the heroic conclusion of the Treasure Island prequel, and finds our pirates at war in the West Indies. The shores of New Providence Island have never been bloodier, but the closer civilization comes to defeat, the more desperately, and destructively, it will fight back.

The first three seasons of “Black Sails” averaged 3.6 million multi-platform viewers per episode* and the series is distributed in nearly 200 countries and territories worldwide.  “Black Sails” has been nominated for multiple Emmy® Awards, and won in 2014 and 2016 for Outstanding Sound Editing and in 2014 for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role. The show was also nominated for the 2016 GLAAD Awards for “Outstanding Drama Series.”

“Black Sails” takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, and follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). “Black Sails” is created by Jonathan E. Steinberg (“Jericho,” “Human Target”) and Robert Levine (“Touch”) and executive produced by Steinberg, Levine, Michael Bay (the Transformers franchise, 13 Hours, Pearl Harbor), and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Purge, and Ouija franchises), as well as Chris Symes (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Eragon), Brad Caleb Kane (“Fringe,” “Crash”), and Dan Shotz (“Jericho,” “Harper’s Island”).

“Black Sails” stars Toby Stephens as the brilliant and unstoppable ‘Captain Flint.’ Stephens is an accomplished film, television and stage actor, who was recently cast in the new Netflix series “Lost in Space,” and opposite Gerard Butler in Hunter Killer for Millenium Films.  He recently appeared in the feature film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi directed by Michael Bay and released in January 2016. London-born Hannah New, who portrays ‘Eleanor Guthrie,’ starred in the miniseries, “El Tiempo Entre Costuras (The Time Between Seams)” and also in 2014’s Maleficent. Luke Arnold, who portrays the classic character ‘John Silver’ in the years before his well-known feats, has appeared in “McLeod’s Daughters,” “Rush,” and most recently starred in the miniseries “INXS: The Michael Hutchence Story.” Jessica Parker Kennedy, who plays ‘Max,’ a former prostitute with an eye towards advancement, is known for her work in the television series, “The Secret Circle,” and has appeared in the films 50/50 and In Time, and was recently cast in USA’s “Colony.” British actor Tom Hopper , who portrays ‘Billy Bones’ of “Treasure Island” fame, is most well-known for his role as ‘Sir Percival’ in “Merlin” and also appeared in Northmen – A Viking Saga and the 2016 documentary drama “Barbarians Rising.” Ray Stevenson, known for his roles in “Rome,” Insurgent, and Divergent, joined the cast in season three as the iconic pirate ‘Blackbeard.’ Luke Roberts, who has appeared in “Wolf Hall,” “Game of Thrones,” and will appear in “Ransom,” also joined in season three as the governor ‘Woodes Rogers.’

“Black Sails: The Complete Third Season” will available on Blu-ray™ + Digital HD with Ultraviolet™ and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment on November 8, 2016.  The DVD and Blu-ray has over 40 minutes of special features including 10 minutes of new exclusive content.

For $8.99 per month with a 7-day free trial for new subscribers, STARZ subscribers can receive instant access to more than 3,200 selections available via the STARZ app each month, including STARZ hit series “Black Sails,” “Power,” “Outlander,” and the upcoming “American Gods,” premiering in 2017; to Hollywood hits and popular movies. STARZ subscribers from participating cable, satellite and telco partners can also authenticate and view STARZ content in the app including every episode of every season of the best of STARZ’s original programming, as well as the biggest, most extensive movie library of all the premium subscription networks in the U.S.**

* Highlights based on Nielsen for linear estimates, Rentrak for On Demand transactions and STARZ internal estimates for multiplatform figures

**Source: Starz internal analysis of distinct movie title data for the period 7/1/2015- 6/30/2016.

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About Starz
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks (Starz Networks) and global content distribution (Starz Distribution), www.starz.com.  The Starz Networks operating unit is home to the flagship STARZ® brand with 24.2 million subscribers in the United States as of June 30, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31.8 million subscribers. Through STARZ, the company provides high quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services. STARZ is 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. The Starz Distribution operating unit is home to the Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Digital, and Starz Worldwide Distribution divisions. In addition to STARZ Original series, Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires movies, television and other entertainment content for worldwide home video, digital, and television licensing and sales.

“AMERICAN GODS”

RICKY WHITTLE CAST AS SHADOW MOON IN STARZ AND FREMANTLEMEDIA’S “AMERICAN GODS”

The Up-and-Coming Actor Will Play Shadow Moon in the Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Blockbuster Fantasy Novel

Beverly Hills, Calif. (January 28, 2016) – Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) announced today that Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) has been cast as Shadow Moon in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.

Neil Gaiman said, “I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”

Commented Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, “We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon, and we are lucky to have found Ricky.  Fans of the novel will find he has every bit of the heart of the character they fell in love with.”

A native of Oldham, Greater Manchester England, Whittle’s credits include “The 100,” “Austenland,” “Hollyoaks,” “Mistresses,” “NCIS” and “Holby City.” Whittle is the son of former Royal Air Force serviceman Harry Whittle and grew up travelling around the world.  A keen sportsman, Whittle represented England and the United Kingdom at youth level in football and rugby.

American Gods been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Ken Segna is the Starz executive in charge of “American Gods.” Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights to the project. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.

Ricky Whittle is represented by TalentWorks, Creative Artists Management in the UK, and Untitled Entertainment