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Channel 4 acquires 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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Channel 4 has acquired the UK premiere broadcast rights to ‘“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, the hotly anticipated new series from Marvel Television and ABC Studios. The series will premiere on Channel 4 in autumn, soon after its launch on the ABC network in the US.

‘‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, is Marvel’s first live-action television series about the worldwide law enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Behind the production is US producer, director and co-writer Joss Whedon, creator of the series “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Dollhouse” and director of the movie “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”.

Clark Gregg (“Marvel’s Iron Man” and “500 Days of Summer”) returns in his role of Agent Phil Coulson from feature film “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.” Coulson assembles a small, highly select group of Agents to investigate the new, the strange and the unknown from across the globe protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.

Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton – “Blue Bloods”, “Army Wives”), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen – “ER”, “Eureka”), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker – “The Fades”, “In Fear”), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge – “Hollyoaks”, “Shelter”), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet – “Nashville”, “Intercept”).

Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt says; "Like the Super Hero universe from which it has come, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is big, bold and absolutely exhilarating. Featuring the production values you’d expect from Marvel and ABC Studios, this is family entertainment at its most exciting.”

Catherine Powell, SVP & GM, Media Distribution, The Walt Disney Company, EMEA : "This stand-out series has universal appeal with the excitement and thrilling action we have come to expect from Marvel, brought to life by a superb cast playing fantastic characters. It's terrific news for viewers that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is launching on Channel 4."

Notes to Editors:

  • “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is an ABC Studios and Marvel Television production.
  • Executive Producers are Joss Whedon (“Marvel's Avengers Assemble”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) who also co-writes and directs the pilot, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (“Dollhouse”, “Spartacus”, “Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog”), Jeffrey Bell (“Angel”, “Alias”) and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville”, “LOST”, “Heroes”).

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