Press release from Esquire Network, May 7, 2015:
Esquire Network today announced its first-ever original scripted series, SPOTLESS. The 10-episode dark and irreverent drama from TANDEM Productions (a STUDIOCANAL Company) is executive produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated, Rola Bauer (THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH, CROSSING LINES) and is co-created by BAFTA Award-winner Ed McCardie (SHAMELESS) and Academy® Award-winner Corinne Marrinan (CSI). The series stars Marc-André Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y.), Denis Ménochet (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), Miranda Raison (24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY) and Brendan Coyle (DOWNTON ABBEY). SPOTLESS is slated to premiere this fall.
“Continuing our pursuit to offer the highest quality programming, Esquire Network is excited to embark on its first scripted series and to partner with the talented team at TANDEM Productions,” said Matt Hanna, Head of Original Programming, Esquire Network. “SPOTLESS is a genre bending drama offering a tonality that’s unique to the current television landscape. Perfectly on point for our discerning male audience, it promises to take them on a twisted dark ride.”
A sexy and bold one-hour drama laced with dark humor and set in London, SPOTLESS is the story of a troubled man, Jean Bastiere (Grondin) whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin (Ménochet), crash lands into his world. Played out against the backdrop of Jean’s Crime Scene Cleaning business, the brothers must confront dark sins of the past and very real dangers in the present. Ensnared by mob boss Nelson Clay (Coyle), corruption, drugs and death pose a constant hazard. With Jean’s wife Julie (Raison), the entire family struggles to gain control over their lives and future.
“Esquire Network is the perfect home for SPOTLESS, our daring, audacious and distinctive new series belongs with this network, which has been equally daring and audacious. The tremendous growth with their target audience is a testament to their strategic focus and strength in the U.S. market,” says TANDEM Productions CEO / Partner Rola Bauer.
In addition to Bauer, SPOTLESS executive producers include Jonas Bauer (IMPACT, THE COMPANY) and Suzanne Berger (HELL ON WHEELS, MAJORITY RULES). The Production designer is Emmy® & Bafta® Award-winning and three-time Oscar® nominated, Eve Stewart (THE KING’S SPEECH, LES MISERABLES). SPOTLESS is a CANAL+ Création Originale with worldwide distribution handled via STUDIOCANAL. CANAL+ Création Originale is the prestigious production label of CANAL+, France’s major premium cable channel.
Since its September 2013 launch, Esquire Network remains on a growth trajectory. With 21 originals to date, the network’s growth has been accelerated with a marked spike in ratings making it the 2nd fastest growing entertainment cable network and #2 cable network for affluent and educated Men 18-49. Esquire continues to experience remarkable development, achieving double-digit increases across all key demographics in 4Q14 vs. 4Q13. A key factor of Esquire Network’s success has been the steady increase amongst its target demographic (the upscale, affluent, educated man). The channel is up +71% Adults 18-49, +57% Men 18-49 and +63% in Total Viewers (1Q15TD vs. 1Q14TD).