ASHLEY JUDD SPIES FOR EPIX IN ‘BERLIN STATION’ SEASON TWO
Critically-Acclaimed Drama Series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content To Begin Production In Berlin On March 31
New York, NY – March 21, 2017 – Premium network EPIX® announced today that Ashley Judd has joined the cast of its acclaimed spy drama Berlin Station as a series regular for season two. The series, from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, will begin production in Berlin on March 31st with an eye towards a 2017 return on EPIX. As previously announced, also new to the cast this season is Keke Palmer (“Scream Queens”) as series regular, April Lewis.
Judd will play BB Yates, Berlin’s disarming new Chief of Station, nicknamed “The Station Whisperer” for her itinerant work in the field shoring up CIA stations in moral or corporate disrepair. Part company loyalist and part maverick, BB toes a dangerous line between serving those above her and empowering those below her. Always a contradiction, she arrives in Berlin to defy expectations and breathe new life into the troubled CIA station she now runs.
“We are thrilled to welcome the incredibly talented Ashley Judd to the cast of Berlin Station,” said Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of EPIX. “With its illustrious auspices among both cast and producers – and subject matter that is more timely than ever – Berlin Station brings the kind of high-quality, compelling storytelling for which EPIX is known. We couldn’t be more excited to embark on a new season.”
“We are excited to have Ashley and Keke on board and are eager to begin the second season of this critically acclaimed show in the intriguing city of Berlin with our outstanding partners at EPIX,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV.
An eighth generation Eastern Kentuckian, Ashley Judd first proved her acting abilities in her debut feature film role as Ruby Lee Gissing in Victor Nunez’s internationally acclaimed Ruby In Paradise. Having won major acting awards worldwide, Judd has demonstrated her range in a variety of genres and is a proven box office draw. Judd recently appeared in Black Bear Pictures’ “Barry” as Ann Dunham, Barack Obama’s mother, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. Additionally, Judd was seen in Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent franchise based on Veronica Roth’s New York Times bestselling trilogy, Divergent; and starred in ABC’s miniseries “Missing” as Becca Winstone, an ex-CIA agent who would do anything to get her son back after discovering his disappearance while studying abroad. Judd was nominated for an Emmy® Award for her performance in “Missing.” Judd is represented by WME and Anonymous Content.
Berlin Station is a contemporary spy drama that takes a look at the activity of a CIA office on a global stage in the midst of an investigation into a now-infamous whistleblower. The series follows Daniel Miller, played by Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, “Hannibal”) a new arrival to Berlin’s CIA station who is on a clandestine mission to uncover the source of the Thomas Shaw leaks. Berlin Station also stars Rhys Ifans, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Forbes and Leland Orser.
The series is created and executive produced by Olen Steinhauer (author: The Tourist, All The Old Knives, The Cairo Affair). Bradford Winters (“Dig,” “The Americans,” “Boss,” “Oz”) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Academy Award® winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, “House of Cards”), along with Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Keith Redmon and Luke Rivett from Anonymous Content (“True Detective,” “The Knick,” “Mr. Robot”) also executive produce. The series is produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.
Berlin Station season two is part of EPIX’s continued rollout of original scripted series this year, which also features the debut of the 10-episode dark comedy Get Shorty (starring Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano) as well as the return of its timely comedy Graves (which garnered a Golden Globe nomination for star Nick Nolte).
EPIX is a premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, comedy and music specials – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad, TiVo, Chromecast, Android TV and more, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX) and Snapchat @EPIXTV.
Paramount Television develops and finances a wide range of creative television programming across all media platforms. Its robust slate of programming with top distributors includes the 5 Emmy® Award winning live musical event GREASE: LIVE (FOX), which holds the record-breaking telecast title with more than 17MM viewers worldwide and is ranked as the No. 1 most social live musical event ever, the Emmy® nominated Nickelodeon hit SCHOOL OF ROCK, Tom Clancy’s JACK RYAN (Amazon), 13 REASONS WHY (Netflix), MANIAC (Netflix), SHOOTER (USA), BERLIN STATION (EPIX), THE ALIENIST (TNT), GALAXY QUEST (Amazon) and THE WARRIORS (Hulu). Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) has developed series such as BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$ (NBCUniversal’s Seeso), HOTWIVES OF ORLANDO and HOTWIVES OF LAS VEGAS (HULU), RESIDENT ADVISORS (HULU), BEEF (Fullscreen) and the one hour special, CRASH TEST (Comedy Central and Vimeo). Paramount Television and Paramount Digital Entertainment are part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.
Founded in 1999 by Managing Partner Steve Golin, Anonymous Content is a leading management and Film, TV and Commercial production company. Anonymous Content manages the careers of many of the world’s most renowned and innovative directors, writers, actors and comedians, working closely with them to achieve their goals by both creating and finding opportunities for them, whether in feature films, television, commercials, music videos or brand integrated content. Anonymous Content’s clients have been recognized with Academy Awards®, Emmys®, Golden Globes®, Tony Awards®, Pulitzer Prizes® and other prestigious awards. The company’s award-winning Film & TV division boasts many commercially successful and critically-acclaimed works, including BABEL, WINTER’S BONE, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, 50 FIRST DATES, COLLATERAL BEAUTY, THE REVENANT and Best Picture Academy Award winning SPOTLIGHT. The company’s TV slate includes “True Detective” (HBO), “The Knick” (Cinemax), “Mr. Robot” (USA Network), “Schitt’s Creek” (POP), and “Berlin Station” (EPIX), as well as upcoming titles “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix), “The Alienist” (TNT), and “Maniac” (Netflix). Through its Commercial work, Anonymous Content is also the driving creative force behind countless top brands, including Prada, Nike and Coke. In 2016, Anonymous Content received a substantial minority investment from Emerson Collective, the organization founded and run by Laurene Powell Jobs, to allow the firm to expand its production offerings in socially-relevant content aimed at inspiring change. For more information, visit www.anonymouscontent.com.