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DIRECTV Joins Netflix in the Original Series Business; Will Audiences Come?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 10, 2012 at 11:45AM

Many companies are jumping into original production to keep their customers from falling away, from Netflix to DIRECTV. But Netflix has more to offer its subscribers at this point in the way of sophisticated taste algorithms than DIRECTV, which is ordering up its first original series, suspense thriller "Rogue."

In "Rogue," Newton plays a cop who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death. She's having a relationship with a crime boss who may be implicated in the crime. DIRECTV is home to "Damages" and "Friday Night Lights" and also runs exclusive first-run series "Underbelly," "The Slap," and the upcoming UK series "Hit & Miss."

Chris Long, senior vice president Entertainment and Production at DIRECTV describes "Rogue" as "the first original series on the Audience Network that will be built from the ground up with the specific goal to provide DIRECTV customers with a premium entertainment experience they can’t get anywhere else. The unique partnership that Patty Ishimoto, vice president and general manager of Audience Network, struck with eOne and Greenroom Entertainment and her relationship with Momentum Entertainment has helped realize that goal."

"Rogue" will be executive produced by UK Producer/Director Nick Hamm for Greenroom Entertainment; John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg for eOne; and Steven Marrs from Momentum Entertainment Group, who also helped broker the deal with DIRECTV. Series creator Matthew Parkhill ("The Caller") will also serve as writer and supervising producer. In addition to airing on DIRECTV’s Audience Network, ROGUE will air on Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

eOne will handle worldwide rights to the series in all media.

This article is related to: Television, Netflix

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.