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MIPCOM 2015: New Series Janus and These Final Hours on the Way from EuropaCorp

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Each October, the industry’s major players converge at MIPCOM in Cannes; and thanks to Variety, today we have an early announcement from the event relating to L.A.-based EuropaCorp Television Studios USA’s plans for a couple of new TV series that should be of interest.

EuropaCorp was launched a year ago by Thomas Anargyros and Edouard de Vésinne and helmed by industry vet Matthew Gross.

First up is pharmaceutical thriller series “Janus,” which has been put into development at ABC. Kevin O’Hare is writing the pilot, while Thor Freudenthal (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) is on board to direct and exec produce.

“Janus” centers around Leo, a forensic psychologist married to a pharmaceutical researcher who refocuses his life to seek answers on how to help his son after being diagnosed as a psychopath. When a rash of murder-suicides breaks out, Leo teams up with a homicide detective.

Set up at Fox is “These Final Hours,” penned by Zak Hilditch, the writer/director of the feature film of the same name on which the show is based. Hilditch will also direct and exec produce the pilot.

“These Final Hours” takes place in San Francisco, 12 hours before a world-ending meteor strike, and follows three siblings who race to get to their estranged father’s bomb shelter which can withstand the end of days. “The series poses the question of not only what would you do, but how would you want to remember yourself if the world was ending,” said the company.

“This is the first major step for EuropaCorp Television Studios USA and is noteworthy due to our creative and business success just one year after the arrival of Matthew Gross. Furthermore, it demonstrates the unique capability of EuropaCorp Television US in generating its own content and meeting the most rigorous and competitive demands of American networks,” said Anargyros and de Vésinne.

Stay tuned for more if these series end up being Dread-worthy.

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