Independent distributor All3Media International has signed a raft of deals for the Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham feature length drama “Help” across Europe, Australasia, and Asia. These deals follow the recent acquisition by Acorn, where the series will premiere in the United States and Canada in early 2022.
Led by Emmy winner Jodie Comer and four-time BAFTA nominee Stephen Graham, this deeply moving drama reunites the team behind internationally lauded series “National Treasure”. Written by acclaimed screenwriter Jack Thorne, directed by BAFTA winner Marc Munden and helmed by award-winning producer The Forge, this poignant and timely film follows the relationship between a young care home worker (Comer) and a patient (Graham), whose lives are changed forever by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020.
Huanxi Media Group has acquired “Help” in China, where the Covid-19 care home crisis drama will broadcast on OTT platform Huanxi Media. In Europe, the feature length drama will broadcast on Telefonica (Spain), NPO (Netherlands), Estonia TV (Estonia) and Cosmote TV (Greece), whilst HBO Europe has acquired rights across multiple territories, covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Kosovo and Slovenia.
In Australasia, Network Ten acquired rights in Australia, launching “Help” on Paramount+ earlier this year. In New Zealand, the series will premiere on Rialto next year, and RLJ will cover SVOD and DVD rights across Australia and New Zealand.
“Once again the inimitably talented Jack Thorne and the gifted team at The Forge have created an immensely affecting and powerful drama. Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham are utterly compelling, and this outstanding combination of talent has created a vital piece of television, that captures one of the most tragic events in recent memory with biting social realism and immense compassion,” said Maartje Horchner EVP Content at All3Media International.