Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Are you ready to take on the challenge of infiltrating a foreign country and uncovering their secrets? If so, you won’t want to miss the news of Showtime’s latest series, The Department (w/t). Based on the acclaimed French espionage political thriller The Bureau, this series is sure to be an exhilarating ride of espionage and subterfuge.
George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures, MTV Entertainment Studios, and 101 Studios have come together to bring The Department to life. As production is set to begin later this year, viewers can expect to be taken on a thrilling journey of espionage and mystery.
The Bureau is a Canal+ Creation Originale series, produced by Top – The Originals Productions and Federation Studios. It follows the daily life and missions of agents within France’s principal external security service, focusing on the “Bureau of Legends”. These agents are responsible for training and handling deep-cover agents on long-term missions in areas with French interests. Living under false identities for years, these agents’ missions are to identify and recruit good intelligence sources.
The Department will follow in the great tradition of Homeland, one of the most successful and brand-defining shows at Showtime. Just as Homeland elevated global espionage to new heights, The Department will take viewers even deeper into a world of intrigue and subterfuge with complicated characters who struggle with their own demons as they fight existential threats to the nation and the world.
Alex Berger, President and Executive Producer at The Originals Productions (TOP), is delighted to extend The Bureau’s DNA through The Department for Showtime. The Originals Productions (TOP), Federation and Paramount are taking the franchise to the next level, making a new high-stake international espionage show set today in a very complex geopolitical environment.
Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, The Department will be executive produced by Keith Cox and Nina L. Diaz of MTVE Studios; David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, David Hutkin and Bob Yari of 101 Studios; Alex Berger for The Originals Productions; and Ashley Stern and Pascal Breton for Federation Studios/Federation Entertainment of America.
Guillaume Pommier, Co-Head of Distribution at Federation, is thrilled to have Showtime as a partner home to adapt The Bureau. They share the same passion, vision, and ambition for this amazing show, and their strong premium global network will bring The Department to the world.
David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, is equally excited to be partnering with George & Grant on this project. Paramount+/Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios has been an incredible home to so many of their projects, and they are looking forward to working alongside Chris McCarthy, Keith Cox, Nina Diaz and their teams.
So, if you’re ready for an exhilarating journey of espionage and mystery, be sure to stay tuned for The Department. It’s sure to be an exciting ride!