“Astoundingly and almost absurdly entertaining…
As addictive as anything likely to air on either side of the Atlantic this year.” – Variety
“Must Watch of the Week…A-” – Entertainment Weekly
“TV event of the year” – Guardian
RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn Acquires
Digital Distribution and Home Video Rights to
New Critically-Acclaimed, Star-Studded
Lifetime and BBC Agatha Christie Miniseries
– AND THEN THERE WERE NONE –
Episodes Available for Next-day Download (Mar. 14 & 15)
on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and other platforms;
DVD/Blu-ray release on April 19th
Silver Spring, MD, March 10, 2016 – Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand that specializes in curating and distributing the best of British television in North America, has acquired the Electronic-sell-through (EST) and home video rights in North America to And Then There Were None, the critically-acclaimed new adaptation of the best-selling crime novel of all-time. And Then There Were None’s impressive ensemble features Aidan Turner (Poldark, The Hobbit trilogy), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones),Anna Maxwell Martin (Midwinter of the Spirit, The Bletchley Circle), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter films, Sleepy Hollow), Douglas Booth (Great Expectations), Maeve Dermody (Serangoon Road), Burn Gorman (TURN: Washington’s Spies, Torchwood), Toby Stephens (Black Sails, Jane Eyre), and Noah Taylor (Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones). The gripping four-hour miniseries makes its U.S. premiere on Lifetime on Sunday, March 13 and Monday, March 14 with next-day availability on Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15 for download on multiple platforms including iTunes (opens in new tab), Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox Video, and Sony Entertainment Network. RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn brand will also release And Then There Were None on DVD and Blu-ray on April 19, 2016, while RLJE’s Emmy-nominated streaming service Acorn TV will add the miniseries in September 2016.
As the world teeters on the brink of World War II, 10 strangers are invited to isolated Soldier Island. Among them are young secretary Vera Claythorne (Maeve Dermody), soldier Philip Lombard (Aidan Turner), General John MacArthur (Sam Neill), spinster Emily Brent (Miranda Richardson), and Judge Lawrence Wargrave (Charles Dance). With seemingly nothing in common, the guests wonder who their mysterious host may be. But the ominous reason for their visit soon becomes clear… and by the end of the night, the first of them is dead.
Agatha Christie Productions and Mammoth Screen produced the program for the BBC and Lifetime. The miniseries was adapted by Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, Great Expectations) and directed by Craig Viveiros (Silent Witness, Ghosted). RLJ Entertainment owns a majority share in Agatha Christie Limited, which manages Agatha Christie’s extensive literary works including characters Hercule Poirot, Tommy and Tuppence, and Miss Marple.
The 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray release on April 19, 2016 will include a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette, a featurette about Agatha Christie, and an interview with writer Sarah Phelps ($34.99 each).
Called the “chief curators of the best Brit TV” by TIME magazine, RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn brand holds exclusive North American distribution rights to many of the top British and international programs, which are available for broadcast television, digital download, digital streaming via Acorn TV, and in lavishly packaged DVDs/Blu-rays.
RLJE/Acorn Press Contact: Chad Campbell, 301.830.6203, ccampbell@RLJEntertainment.com
About RLJ Entertainment
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent owner, developer, licensee, and distributor of entertainment content and programming in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres including feature films and urban with distinct content via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Acacia (fitness), and Athena (documentaries). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming.
Through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series Foyle’s War and is developing new programs. RLJE owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, which manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its branded digital subscription channels, Acorn TV, AcaciaTV, and UMC – Urban Movie Channel, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. Through its proprietary e-commerce web sites and print catalogs for the Acorn and Acacia brands, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers. For more information, please visit www.RLJEntertainment.com
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