STARZPLAY Acquires True-Crime Inspired Limited Series DR. DEATH Exclusively In Select European And Latin American Territories
Series Stars Joshua Jackson, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater
Starzplay, the international premium streaming service from Starz, announced today that it has closed a licensing agreement with NBCUniversal Global Distribution for the hotly-anticipated limited series “Dr. Death,” which is based on the shocking real-life events surrounding a Texas surgeon who earned the nickname for his maiming of more than 30 patients between 2012 and 2013. The platform will stream the series exclusively in Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and throughout Latin America, including Brazil and Mexico.
This is the newest series brought to the global streamer who is already the home of bold and unique premium content such as global sensations “The Great,” “Normal People” and STARZ Original series from the “Power” Universe, “P-Valley” and more.
Based on the hit U.S.podcast from Wondery, “Dr. Death” is based on the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routing spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), set out to stop him. “Dr. Death” explores the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.
In speaking about the series, Starzplay Executive Vice President of International Digital Networks Superna Kalle said, “Starzplay is synonymous with gripping, dramatic, exciting stories that are told in bold style. The Wondery podcast on which ‘Dr. Death’ is based told a harrowing tale that captured record-setting attention when it was released in 2018. I have no doubt this will be equally captivating for our wider international audiences.”
“Dr. Death” stars Joshua Jackson (“Little Fires Everywhere,” “The Affair,” “When They See Us”) as the titular character, along with Alec Baldwin (A Star is Born, “30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live”), Christian Slater (“Dirty John,” “Mr. Robot”), Grace Gummer (“Mr. Robot,” “The Hot Zone”), Anna Sophia Robb (“The Act,” “Little Fires Everywhere”) and Carrie Preston (“Claws,” “The Good Wife”).
The series boasts an all-female directing team which includes Maggie Kiley (“Dirty John”, “Riverdale”, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”), who will also executive produce the first two episodes; Jennifer Morrison (“Euphoria”), and So Yong Kim (“Tales from the Loop,” “Room 104”).
Produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, “Dr. Death” is executive produced by Patrick Macmanus (“The Girl from Plainville”) via his Littleton Road Productions banner, under his overall deal with UCP. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Taylor Latham also executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery.
Starzplay subscribers have access to an exclusive line-up of premium programming including STARZ Original limited series “The Spanish Princess” and the explosive second chapter in the “Power” Universe, “Power Book II: Ghost” starring Mary J. Blige the same day they launch in the US; 2020 Emmy®-nominated series such as the thought-provoking millennial comedy “Ramy” from Muslim-American comedian Ramy Youssef, and the genre-bending period dramedy “The Great” starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, and the award-winning series “The Act” starring Academy Award® Winner Patricia Arquette and Joey King; plus a blockbuster movie library featuring thousands of titles.
How to access STARZPLAY IN THE UK:
- The STARZPLAY App for iOs and Android is available for download on the iPhone and iPad, as well as on a wide range of Android supported devices. Up to four users can watch simultaneously and enjoy offline downloads of select shows and movies. App users can enjoy personalized recommendations of shows and movies based on users’ previous viewing interests and select their preferred language for audio or captions.
- STARZPLAY is available on PRIME VIDEO CHANNELS via the Prime Video App to watch anytime, anywhere on smart TVs, iOS and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and games consoles and through the web.
- Subscribers to the STARZPLAY channel on the APPLE TV App can watch online or enjoy offline downloads of their favorite shows and movies available through STARZPLAY, which is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and select Samsung smart TVs.
- VIRGIN TV customers who add the STARZPLAY subscription to their package will be able to view the content by pressing Home on their V6 remote control and then clicking On Demand followed by Box Sets.
- STARZPLAY is available on ROKU® STREAMING PLAYERS AND ROKU TV™ models.
- STARZPLAY is accessible via the RAKUTEN TV pre-installed app on Smart TVs and its branded remote control across the main TV manufacturers, allowing users direct access to the platform.
Starz continues to grow its global footprint with its ongoing expansion of the Starzplay international premium streaming platform. Starzplay’s rapid expansion into 55 countries since its launch in May of 2018 is driven by its ability to provide subscribers access to the “best in global SVOD.” The content offering is comprised of the entire catalog of STARZ premium content, with upcoming STARZ Originals airing exclusively on Starzplay day-and-date with the US, exclusive award-winning and critically acclaimed first-run series and a vast library of blockbuster feature films. Starzplay is available through its direct-to-consumer app in 13 countries; on global digital broadcast services, multi-channel video distributors, telecommunications companies; and other online and digital platforms across its footprint spanning across Canada, Europe, India, Japan and Latin America.
About NBCUniversal Global Distribution
NBCUniversal Global Distribution is responsible for the licensing and distribution of NBCUniversal product to all forms of television and new media platforms in the U.S., Canada and in over 200 territories internationally. NBCUniversal’s content portfolio includes a vast and diverse library of more than 4,500 feature films and 120,000 television episodes, including current and classic titles, non-scripted programming, kids, sports, news, long-form and short-form programming from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Television, UCP, NBCUniversal International Studios, Sky Studios, NBC Late Night properties, DreamWorks Animation, Telemundo, and more, as well as locally produced content from around the world. Global Distribution is a division of Comcast NBCUniversal.
Universal Content Productions (UCP), a division of Universal Studio Group, is a best-in-class content studio that leverages the power and scale of NBCUniversal while collaborating with visionary storytellers. The studio is responsible for commercially successful and critically acclaimed scripted and documentary programming, including “The Umbrella Academy,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Mr. Robot,” “The Act,” “Monk,” “Homecoming,” “The Sinner,” “Suits,” “Dirty John,” and “Psych.” UCP also creates premium docuseries such as “The Business of Drugs” and “A Wilderness of Error.” The studio’s podcast platform, UCP Audio, produces original podcasts such as “The Lost Kids” and the upcoming “The Followers: House of Prayer,” while its comic book extension, UCP Graphic, develops and publishes original comic books, including the upcoming “Proctor Valley Road.”