Pulse Films has announced the directors for series two of  hit series Gangs of London produced by Pulse Films in association with SISTER, for Sky Studios and AMC.

Award-winning director Corin Hardy (The Nun), who previously directed four episodes for series one, will be lead director and executive producer, and will direct four episodes for the second series.  Acclaimed television directors Marcela Said (Lupin, Narcos Mexico) and Nima Nourizadeh (Little America (TV), American Ultra) have also signed on to direct two episodes each.

Series creator Gareth Evans and his creative partner Matt Flannery will return as Executive Producers alongside Pulse Films’ Thomas Benski. Tom Butterworth has taken on the role of lead writer and executive producer helming four out of the eight episodes and leading the writer’s room. Additional Executive Producers include Hugh Warren and Helen Grégory for Pulse Films, Jane Featherstone for SISTER, Gabriel Silver for Sky Studios’.

The critically acclaimed and BAFTA-nominated first series Gangs of London became the biggest Sky Original drama launch on Sky Atlantic of the past five years.  In the United States, the series debuted on AMC+, helping to launch the new streaming platform, quickly becoming one of its most watched series.  The series premiered on AMC’s linear channel in April.  Internationally, Gangs of London launched successfully across Europe, Latin America, Australia, Japan and most recently in China.

Corin Hardy, Lead Director for Gangs of London Series two said “Helping Gareth and the team bring the first season of Gangs of London kicking, screaming and exploding to life was an invigorating high-dive into the world of cinematic television. I am beyond proud of the BAFTA nominations the show has received, it is a real tribute to the incredible cast and crew and all round team effort. The audience response to Gangs of London was phenomenal and so it’s an honour to be handed the reigns for Season 2 to continue building our (under)world and get to tell the next chapter of this action-packed and emotional crime saga, which, if you’ve been watching so far, you’ll know, is about to kick off for real.”

Gareth Evans, Executive Producer: “Working alongside such a talented team of creative collaborators made Gangs of London a truly remarkable experience for us. The intent was always for the show to take the conventions of long form television and fuse it with a genre filmmaking sensibility. I could not have hoped for a better duo to share directing duties with than Xavier Gens and Corin Hardy. Now, as “Gangs” gears up for Season 2, myself and Matt Flannery are beyond excited to see what Corin and the team have in store. I have no doubt under his direction the journey for this incredible cast of characters will be a visceral, thrill-ride packed with emotion and bloodshed.”

Thomas Benski CEO, Pulse Films commented: “From the very beginning Gareth, Matt and I had very intentional ambitions to create a ground-breaking show that would be a destination for true filmmakers. Following the success of series one, we are so excited to assemble such an amazingly eclectic and diverse group of directors to tell the next chapter of Gangs of London. With Corin Hardy returning as lead director, and Marcela Said and Nima Nourizadeh joining the team, we have created a dynamic force of modern directors to continue and build on the story of our beloved (and besieged) characters who have captivated fans across the world.”

Gangs of London series two is commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content with Gabriel Silver as the Executive Producer for Sky Studios. Gareth Evans and creative partner Matt Flannery return as executive producers alongside Thomas Benski. Hugh Warren and Helen Grégory are executive producers for Pulse Films alongside Jane Featherstone for SISTER and Corin Hardy who is repped by Hugo Young at Independent and  Rich Cook at Range Media.  Gangs of London is produced by Pulse Films in association with SISTER, for Sky Studios and AMC.

Gangs of London series two will transmit on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK and Ireland and will be available in all Sky markets. NBCUniversal Global Distribution and Pulse Films will share further international licensing rights for the show.

Jon Creamer

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