Channel 4 is to launch a new video streaming service and broadcast strand in the UK in January that showcases the best foreign-language dramas under the name WALTER PRESENTS. Viewers will be able to binge watch many shows as box sets on demand, whilst others will premiere on More 4 in a regular Friday night slot, and the highest profile shows will run on Channel 4 itself.
The service, which was previously announced with the working title 4 World Drama and is being launched through a partnership between Global Series Network (GSN) and Channel 4, will be exclusively available in the UK via Channel 4’s new digital hub, All 4.
Walter Iuzzolino, Chief Creative Officer of GSN (and after whom the service is named), will personally curate the new service which will offer a large slate of foreign-language dramas, and the first year will see offerings from a wide range of territories, including Brazil, France, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Israel, Belgium, Poland, Chile and Denmark among others.
The service will launch in January 2016, when Deutschland 83 will premiere on Channel 4 before being available exclusively as a box-set on the Walter Presents streaming service through All 4. A taut, gripping and stylish 8-part German thriller set amidst the menaces of a divided Germany in the early 1980s, Deutschland 83 is one of Germany’s most hotly anticipated dramas of recent years.
Walter Presents will eventually host more than 600 hours of drama that will be available for box-set viewing on All 4, and will include the option to download episodes to watch on the go. In addition, a selection of the best series from Walter Presents will also broadcast on Channel 4 and More 4, the latter within a regular Friday night slot.
Walter Iuzzolino, Chief Creative Officer at GSN and curator of Walter Presents, says: “We live in the golden age of serial drama – with French and Scandi thrillers gripping audiences in their millions. This is the perfect time to introduce UK viewers to a much broader choice of the very best dramas and box sets from around the world, which they never previously knew existed.”