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A+E Networks has revealed that it is to take advantage of the forthcoming MIPCOM to unveil the latest scripted drama series from its studios in the form of Blue Book, directed by Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis.

BlueBook 10oct2017Blue Book is a new drama series about the US Air Forces' 1952-1970 real-life investigation into the UFO phenomenon. It follows Dr J Allen Hynek and Air Force Captain Ed Ruppelt as they confront the very real possibility that we may have been visited while they might simultaneously be used as pawns in a nationwide disinformation operation. The series is based on actual Blue Book case files.

“Blue Book represents A+E Networks’ latest investment in premium scripted content through our own A+E Studios. It is yet another example of our commitment to build long-term relationships with top creative talent and deliver programming that resonates with viewers,” said Patrick Vien, the company’s executive managing director, international.

In addition to the new launch, A+E Networks is growing its global footprint of its premium scripted programming with new territories signing on for SIX, Knightfall and Roots. Military action drama SIX has been sold to ARTES (Spain) to follow the series’ run on HBO (Spain); CEE (Poland); Starz Play (Middle East); and TMG (Germany), which sold the series to RTL2 (Germany) and Amazon (Germany).

Scripted drama series Knightfall chronicles the mysterious but true accounts of the Knights Templar and has recently been sold in the Nordics and CEE (Spain), while Roots, broadcast in 42 languages, is set to reach more audiences around the world with new broadcasters coming on board including iQiyi and BesTV (China), THC (UK), TV Globo (Brazil), Showmax SVOD (Africa), Nitro and Neox (Spain), HBO (Andorra), Kavosh Television and Manoto TV (Persia), FilmBox Premium (Pan CEE), Channel 4 (Ecuador), and RCN (Colombia).