Sky One controller James Baker has greenlit his first drama since taking over in October with a major new teen horror series from Elisabeth Murdoch's indie, Shine Entertainment.
Hex , which is expected to air in 3 x 120-minute instalments in autumn next year, focuses on a 17-year-old girl at a British boarding school who discovers she has been bewitched with magic powers. The series, which is being co-produced by Sony Pictures Television International, is being made by the team behind the first two series of Channel 4's hit teen drama As If. Sky is hoping that the new show will prove as successful as US import Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is no longer being made.
Brian Grant will direct with Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps producing and Julian Jones as lead writer. Dean Hargrove will executive produce for Sony.
Sky One commissioning editor of drama Sara Johnson, who ordered the series under Baker, said she hoped Hexwould help expand the channel's current drama slate.
Murdoch said the series represented the "fruits of our investment in this area" and a commitment to making "genuinely international programmes".