RLJ Entertainment, Inc. has secured the North American rights from Endemol Worldwide Distribution for the first two seasons of new Australian drama A Place to Call Home. The series tells the story of a mysterious woman (Marta Dusseldorp, Jack Irish) perched between the harsh legacy of World War II and the hope of a new life and of a wealthy family forced to embrace the winds of social change in the 1950s. Following the success of Australian programs like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Guy Pearce’s Jack Irish, and ANZAC Girls, RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn brand will be debuting A Place to Call Home on streaming service Acorn TV in the U.S., and then releasing the series on DVD in North America, followed by syndication on public television stations.

Acorn TV will be adding the 13-episode first season on Monday, December 1, 2014. Acorn TV is the first proprietary digital channel from RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) and is widely considered the premier British TV service in North America. Besides British content, Acorn TV continues to acquire first rate Australian dramas like A Place to Call Home.

Produced by Seven Productions, the studio arm of Seven Network Australia, A Place to Call Home is created by Bevan Lee, the man behind iconic Australian shows such as Packed to the Rafters, Always Greener and Winners & Losers, and co-stars Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo, Abby Earl, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, Aldo Mignone, Craig Hall, Frankie J. Holden, and David Berry. Season 1 debuted on Australia’s Channel 7 in April 2013 followed by Season 2 in May 2014.

Mark Stevens, President for Acorn Brands at RLJ Entertainment, said “Australian television continues to produce an increasing number of high-quality period dramas like A Place to Call Home. We’re excited to partner with Endemol Worldwide Distribution to bring this compelling romance-driven series to North American audiences.”

In early 2015, RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn brand will also release the first season on DVD and syndicate it to public television stations nationwide. The 10-episode second season will follow later in 2015.

Available at Acorn.TV via the iTunes App store, and its popular Roku channel, Acorn TV is the first British TV focused streaming service in North America. Given the limited broadcast options for U.S. viewers to watch first rate international programs, Acorn TV offers U.S. fans the opportunity to not only stream many of their favorite series but, more importantly, discover new and classic programs previously unavailable to U.S. and Canadian audiences. 2014 U.S. premieres included Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Series 2, Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain,Poirot’s Last Case, BBC drama The Field of Blood, and new episodes from Jack Irish, Midsomer Murders, and George Gently, among many others.
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