EPIX Rebranding as MGM+

The EPIX streaming service is being rebranded as MGM+. The move from EPIX to MGM+ is scheduled to take place in early 2023, featuring a new logo and programming to go along with the change. EPIX is a premium and commercial-free linear and streaming service. MGM+ will launch on January 15, 2023 with the Season 3 premiere of Forrest Whitaker's Godfather of Harlem. The show's second season was EPIX's best performing season of all time, breaking records for single-title streams in a single day across EPIX's digital channels. The Season 2 finale was also EPIX's best performing finale episode to date. 

"MGM is one of the most iconic and beloved brands from the golden age of entertainment," said Michael Wright, head of MGM+. "This rebrand is a promise to existing and new viewers that MGM+ is the place to find television that reflects and celebrates the legacy of the iconic MGM brand – cinematic programming with sophisticated storytelling that entertains, delights, surprises, and transports. MGM is television for movie lovers." 

MGM+ will have an expansive library of titles from MGM and other Hollywood studios. The library of titles includes MGM hits No Time to Die, House of Gucci, and Licorice Pizza; beloved franchises like James Bond and the original Rocky and its sequelsas well as fan favorites like Silence of the Lambs, Bull DurhamPlatoon, RobocopMississippi Burning, The Magnificent Seven, BarbershopThe Pink Panther, In the Heat of the Night, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and The Thomas Crown Affair. 

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The following greenlit scripted series will be added to the MGM+ originals lineup: 

Hotel Cocaine 

This is the story of Roman Compte, Cuban exile, CIA operative, and general manager of the The Mutiny Hotel, the glamorous epicenter of the Miami cocaine scene of late '70s and early '80s. Chris Brancato (Narcos, Godfather of Harlem) will serve as showrunner and executive producer for this eight-episode crime thriller from EPIX Studios. Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth) will direct the pilot and also executive produce the series, in addition to Brancato. 

Belgravia: The Next Chapter 

The series will pick up in 1865, 25 years after the events depicted in the 2020 limited series, which was written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and based on his novel of the same name. Developed and written by Helen Edmundson (DalglieshMary Magdalene), it will tell the love story of Frederick Trenchard, who has grown up as the third Lord Glanville, and his new love interest, Clara Dunn, who is a newcomer to London society. Unaware that his birth was the product of an affair between his mother Susan and the scoundrel John Bellasis, a troubled childhood has left Frederick deeply insecure, which challenges his courtship of and marriage to Clara. The series reunites Carnival's award-winning creative team—led by Gareth Neame—with Fellowes, who serves as executive producer. Neame, Nigel Marchant and Joanna Strevens are executive producers for Carnival. 

Below is a list of the greenlit unscripted series orders:

Untitled Amityville Murders Docuseries 

This four-part docuseries chronicles the world's most infamous haunted house tale: the Amityville murders. The project, from B17 Entertainment and executive produced by Lesley Chilcott (Helter Skelter: An American Myth, An Inconvenient Truth), is the first elevated look at every aspect of this wildly layered story about the heinous murder of a family of six that became eclipsed by paranormal controversy.  In addition to Chilcott, Blaine Duncan, Brooklyn Hudson, Amanda Raymond, Rhett Bachner, and Brien Meagher serve as executive producers. Jack Riccobono (The Seventh Fire) serves as director and executive producer. 

San Francisco Sounds (Working title) 

From the team behind the three-time Emmy-nominated documentary Laurel Canyon comes  San Francisco Sounds, a two-part documentary series that tracks the history of the San Francisco music scene from 1965 to 1975. Frank Marshall (Laurel Canyon, Mr. A & Mr. M: The Story of A&M Records), Alex Gibney (The Inventor; Crime of the Century), Jeff Pollack (Laurel CanyonMcCartney 3,2,1), Darryl Frank (Laurel Canyon, The Americans, Good Night Oppy), Justin Falvey (Laurel Canyon, The Americans, Good Night Oppy), Stacey Offman (The Line, Kingdom of Silence), Richard Perello (How To Change Your Mind, Totally Under Control), and Alison Ellwood (Laurel Canyon, How to Change Your Mind, The Go-Go's) are attached as executive producers along with Jeff Jampol (Janis: Little Girl Blue, When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors). Erin Edeiken and Tess Ranahan serve as producers. Ellwood is also attached to direct along with Anoosh Tertzakian. Jigsaw Productions is producing in association with Amblin Television and The Kennedy/Marshall Company.