DirecTV brings Hit and Miss to its Audience Network, which will be the exclusive U.S. broadcaster of this highly anticipated new series, created by Emmy and BAFTA Award winner Paul Abbott (State of Play, Shameless), for Sky Atlantic in the UK, and starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Chloë Sevigny (Big Love, Boys Don’t Cry).
High concept and ambitious, Hit and Miss follows Sevingy’s Mia, a contract killer with a secret: she’s a pre-op transsexual. Mia’s life is sent into a tailspin when she receives a letter from an ex-girlfriend dying from cancer revealing that Mia fathered a son eleven years ago. Faced with a difficult decision, Mia becomes the guardian to a new family, a choice that forces her to mix her killer instincts with her newly acquired maternal ones. Hit and Miss tells the story of a lethal killer at the heart of a troubled family and how all of their lives will be dramatically changed forever.
“DirecTV is incredibly proud that Hit and Miss will be airing exclusively on Audience Network,” said Chris Long, SVP Entertainment and Production, DirecTV. “We are always looking for unique, compelling, character driven programming to bring to our viewers and Hit and Miss certainly fits the bill. We have long been admirers of Paul Abbott’s work and are thrilled to be able to work with him on this project.”
“Since the launch of our global drama strategy two years ago we have delivered a range of high-quality scripted content to audiences around the world, and are delighted to be taking Hit and Miss to the 19 million-plus DirecTV customers across the U.S.,” said David Ellender, Global CEO of FremantleMedia Enterprises. “FME’s collaborations with leading talent such as Paul Abbott have resulted in compelling, cutting-edge programming that underlines our reputation as leading developers, co-producers and distributors of globally popular content.”
Hit and Miss is the first original series commissioned by Sky Atlantic in the UK and is a co-production made by Abbott’s development company AbbottVision and Red Production Company. Written by Sean Conway (Kings of London, Brilliant Love), the series is executive produced by Paul Abbott (AbbottVision), Nicola Shindler (Red Production Company) and Huw Kennair-Jones (Sky Atlantic), produced by Juliet Charlesworth and directed by Hettie Macdonald and Sheree Folkson.
Hit and Miss is the latest project to come out of the development relationship between FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), the commercial division of FremantleMedia, and AbbottVision, Paul Abbott’s development company. FME provides development funding to AbbottVision and distributes its programs around the world. FME launched the first AbbottVision title Exile in April this year as part of their wider portfolio of high-quality, compelling drama from around the world.
Lisa Honig, SVP Program Distribution, North America for FremantleMedia Enterprises brokered the deal with Kristi Felton, Senior Manager Entertainment, DirecTV.