Pivot Sets First Scripted Series

Pivot has commissioned its first original series, Fortitude, to premiere in January 2015, said network officials.

The psychological/thriller, which stars Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, The Hunger Games), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The King’s Speech), Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World) and Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones, Good Vibrations), follows the residents of the Arctic town of Fortitude which is rocked by the brutal murder of a research scientist, said network officials.

Fortitude is executive produced by Simon Donald and produced by Fifty Fathoms Productions, which sits under the umbrella of Tiger Aspect and Endemol, for Sky Atlantic HD, said Pivot.  

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