Acorn TV, the SVOD that specializes in bringing British linear television and film programming to North American viewers, has acquired the SVOD rights to Irish-made western series Dominion Creek (known as An Klondike in Ireland).
The four-part miniseries starring Owen McDonnell and Dara Devaney (both pictured) will premiere on Acorn on Jan. 11. Dominion Creek draws from historical accounts by people who experienced the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s. The series first debuted in the summer of 2015 on TG4.
The title comes hot off the heels of another recent content boost. Acorn recently won exclusive streaming rights to a number of titles including Stephen Fry and Richard Ayoade’s Gadget Man and BBC’s Prisoners’ Wives.
The mini-series was acquired by Netflix in December 2015 for streaming in the U.K., but Acorn has acquired the exclusive SVOD rights to Dominion Creek for the U.S.
Graham said British-style content has proven to be a hit with U.S. audiences, noting the mainstream success of hits like PBS’s Downton Abbey. In the five years since the historic drama launched on PBS, Downton Abbey almost single-handedly pushed the public broadcaster up the charts. In January, its fifth season premiere reportedly averaged 10.1 million views, just shy of its fourth season premiere, which averaged 10.2 million views.
“For a lot of people, British content really is their go-to category,” said Graham. “By focusing on that really deeply, we’re able to build a very loyal audience.”
Don Klees, VP of programming for Acorn TV, told StreamDaily adding a program like Dominion Creek helps to show that despite its label as a niche SVOD, Acorn’s library is still diverse.
“When people think of period drama, they do tend to think of Downton Abbey,” said Klees. “There’s a lot more to the genre than fancy dress and dinners. There’s probably no genre of story more iconic to Americans than the western, and that story being filtered through another cultural web makes it a particularly compelling show.”
“There’s probably no genre of story more iconic to Americans than the western, and that story being filtered through another cultural web makes it a particular compelling show.”