HBO Max Debuting Season Three of ‘Pennyworth’ in October

HBO Max will debut season three of the DC Comics-based series “Pennyworth” from Warner Bros. Television, this October on as a Max Original. The first two seasons streamed on Epix as a branded original series, also featuring Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth before he became Batman’s butler.

For HBO Max, the show has been rebranded “Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler.” The third season again follows Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier, who forms a security company in 1960s London and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) and his wife, Martha (Emma Paetz), before they become (the future Batman) Bruce Wayne’s parents. Season three begins after a five-year time jump: the civil war is over, and a cultural revolution has changed the world for better or worse — ushering in a new age of superheroes and supervillains.

The series also stars Paloma Faith, Ryan Fletcher, Dorothy Atkinson, Ramon Tikaram, Harriet Slater and Simon Manyonda. The first two seasons of “Pennyworth” are currently available on Max.

Based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, the 10-episode drama is executive produced by Bruno Heller, Matthew Patnick, Danny Cannon and John Stephens. The series is produced in the U.K. at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

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MGM Seeks Epix Minority Financial Partner

A day after launching Epix Now, a standalone over-the-top video subscription service, MGM Holdings reportedly is seeking a financial partner for the branded multiplatform video distributor.

The corporate parent to MGM Studios paid $1 billion two years ago buying out 81% of Epix it didn’t own from partners Viacom and Lionsgate.

The, citing sources familiar with the situation, said Epix is looking for a fiscal partner to help it expand original programming development for the $5.99 monthly SVOD service as well as branded pay-TV channels.

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The report said MGM chairman Kevin Ulrich is working with investment bank LionTree Advisors with the aim of retaining majority control of Epix.

Last year, Epix bowed eight-episode espionage series, ‘Deep State,” season 2 of “Get Shorty,” boxing competition show, “The Contender,” and unscripted comedy show, “Unprotected Sets.”

Other original shows include “Berlin Station,”“Pennyworth,” a dark telling of the superhero origins of Batman butler Alfred Pennyworth from Warner Bros. and DC Comics, “The Godfather of Harlem,” a 10-episode crime drama starring Forest Whitaker; “Our Lady, LTD,”starring Ben Kingsley, “Slaughterhouse-Five”and “Shook Up,” as well as several other scripted and unscripted shows.

Epix — which represents the bulk of MGM’s media networks segment – generated $108.6 million in third-quarter revenue (ended Sept. 30, 2018), up 5% from revenue of $103 million during the previous-year period. The channel posted pre-tax earnings of $673,000 – down 98% from pre-tax earnings of $43.6 million last year.