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Swimming with Sharks Series Coming to The Roku Channel

Roku and Lionsgate announced today that Swimming with Sharks, the scripted drama series about the dark side of the Hollywood studio system, will make its debut on The Roku Channel this April.

The new series is about a Hollywood assistant who turns the tables on an abusive boss. The Roku Original stars Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger.

Swimming with Sharks Series Coming to The Roku Channel

“Historically, Hollywood has always represented reinvention, rebirth. Starting over. There has never been a better time to embrace that,” said showrunner and creator Kathleen Robertson.

“My goal was to subvert this story and come at it from a place of both wonder and corruption through the eyes of two complex female perspectives. Their performances are quite extraordinary. Nobody will ever see Kiernan Shipka as ‘Don Draper’s daughter’ ever again. We are beyond thrilled for this to premiere on The Roku Channel.”

Swimming with Sharks

When Lou Simms (Kiernan Shipka) starts her internship at Fountain Pictures, she seems like a naïve Hollywood newcomer, awestruck by the studio’s notorious CEO, Joyce Holt (Diane Kruger).

In truth, Lou has done extensive research on Joyce, and landing this internship was no happy accident. As Lou’s obsession grows, she will do anything to get close to her idol.

“Hollywood can be as cutthroat as it is glamorous,” said Colin Davis, Roku’s Head of Original Scripted Programming.

“Swimming with Sharks does not hold back in showcasing the complex, ego-driven, and ambition-fueled pursuits in one’s attempts to ‘make it’ in a town riddled with more broken dreams than success stories. Kathleen and the talented teams behind and in front of the camera have delivered!”

The Roku Original series will feature six 30-minute episodes and will air exclusively for free on The Roku Channel in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

The drama also stars Donald Sutherland, Thomas Dekker, Finn Jones, Erica Alexander, Ross Butler, and Gerardo Celasco.

“We’re excited to bring Swimming with Sharks to television audiences,” said Lionsgate Television Group Senior Vice President Jocelyn Sabo.

“It has the perfect ingredients for a platform-defining premium series – a gripping story, an incredible cast, and the ability to connect with viewers. We are delighted to work with Roku once again on another amazing Roku Original.”

Swimming with Sharks is written and showrun by Kathleen Robertson and directed by Tucker Gates. Chris Cowles, Liz Destro, Stephen Israel, Jay Cohen, and Dana Brunetti served as executive producers.

The series is a reimagining of the 1994 movie written and directed by George Huang. That movie starred Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, and Michelle Forbes.