Sundance Now is a must add to your streaming video service collection.

A conversation with Nada Arnot the General Manager of Sundance Now is both a treat as well as peek into the mind of a creative tour de force. She knows her audience and her ability to curate the best content on the planet to satisfy their streaming appetite is sheer genius.

Last week in this column we told you about the five stars must-see mini-series Cheat and we interviewed the star of the shows Katharine Kelly. While there can be no doubt that Cheat is a real triumph it is just the tip of the creative iceberg of the content available on Sundance Now.

Like Acorn TV, Sundance Now offers programming from the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe with a focus on high-quality mystery and drama.

Here are a few highlights from our conversation with Arnot:

Arnot is quick to point out that she and her team scour the world for some of the top programming and hidden gems that streaming audiences in the United States may not have heard of yet but once they start watching they will be hooked.

Arnot on her programing choices: “We pick shows that number one in their respective countries and showcase them to our audience in the United States. It has been a winning process for us thus far.”

Arnot on her ability to get multiple seasons of popular shows: “We look for shows that we can build up a following for not just for a few episodes but for years. We like to bring programs that fans enjoy watching and can’t wait for another season to arrive.”

Be sure to listen to the entire interview with Arnot as she has plenty of great insights into what the future holds for Sundance Now.

Lest you think that Sundance Now is only mysteries and drama. It is also a great place to find some outstanding movies from the United States as well as around the world.

Overall for the money, Sundance Now is a bargain and well worth at the very least taking a seven-day trial because you will get hooked.  

Here are a few things to check out while you are taking the week test run.

Let’s start with Cheat and add to it a real winner from New Zealand The Gulf. It stars Kate Elliott (Wentworth, Dear Murderer) as a tough New Zealand detective whose personal and professional lives start to unravel when she is involved in a fatal car crash that kills her husband and causes her to lose pieces of her memory.

On the movie side how about the British romantic thriller The Deep Blue Sea starring Rachel Weisz (The Favourite, The Constant Gardener) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, The Night Manager)       

The powerful documentaries Tower, surrounding the 1966 University of Texas sniper incident and one the first mass shootings in the United States. Follow that up with the beautiful Photo: A History from Behind the Lens about the history of photography

British period drama Close to the Enemy set in the aftermath of WWII starring Jim Sturgess, Alfred Molina, Angela Bassett, Alfie Allen, Freddie Highmore, August Diehl, and Lindsay Duncan.

Sundance Now is a must add to your streaming service collection because of the truly outstanding combination of world-class series plus its deep collection of amazing films. You will never be at a loss for something to watch on Sundance Now.

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.