Esquire Network cleans up with Spotless

Esquire Network in the US has unveiled its first ever original scripted series.

Spotless is a ten-part drama about a troubled man, Jean Bastiere, whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin, 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.



It stars Marc-André Grondin, Denis Ménochet, Miranda Raison, and Brendan Coyle.

The series, which was picked up in a deal with StudioCanal, is produced by Tandem Productions for France’s Canal+.

It is executive produced by Rola Bauer, co-creator Ed McCardie, Corinne Marrinan, Jonas Bauer, and Suzanne Berger.

Spotless will debut on Esquire this autumn.


Deutschland 83 wins best drama prize

Cold War drama Deutschland 83 has been named Best World Drama at the annual Séries Mania festival.

Deutschland 83

Deutschland 83

The series, produced by UFA Fiction for Germany’s RTL, follows Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) as a 24-year-old East Germany native pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service.

The German-language drama is due to premiere in the US on SundanceTV on June 17, with other deals sending it to Canal+ in France, SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, and RUV in Iceland.

The series was created by Anna Winger and Joerg Winger, and is executive produced by UFA Fiction’s Joerg Winger and Nico Hofmann.

Deutschland 83 is distributed worldwide by FremantleMedia International.

Wayward Pines lands worldwide sales

M Night Shyamalan’s suspense thriller Wayward Pines has been sold to five new broadcasters.

Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines

The ten-part series has been picked up by City TV in Canada, Sky in New Zealand, Star World in India, DBS in Israel, and Filmbox in Romania, following deals with Fox International Channels Content Sales.

It will also air on new Canadian VoD platform Shomi.

They will all join Fox in the US, Fox International Channels worldwide, and Canal+ in France for the global launch on May 14, which will create the largest scripted drama launch in television history.

Wayward Pines stars Matt Dillon as a secret service agent who arrives in the titular town on a mission to find two missing federal agents. Each step closer to the truth takes him further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

The cast also includes Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Terrence Howard, and Juliette Lewis.

Based on the book by Blake Crouch and developed for television by Chad Hodge, it is produced by FX Productions.

Shyamalan executive produces with Hodge, Donald De Line, and Ashwin Rajan.

Canal+ calls up Deutschland 83

Cold War drama Deutschland 83 has landed at France’s Canal+.

Deutschland 83

Deutschland 83

The broadcaster has picked up the eight-part German-language series, which is described as a suspenseful coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s.The drama follows Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) as the 24-year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service. Hiding in plain sight in the West German army, he must gather the secrets of NATO military strategy. Everything is new, nothing is quite what it seems and everyone he encounters is harboring secrets, both political and personal.

The drama, created by Anna Winger and Joerg Winger, is produced by UFA Fiction for RTL.

It is executive produced by UFA Fiction’s Joerg Winger and Nico Hofmann.

It is distributed by FremantleMedia International.

Sky returns to Fortitude

Sky will return to the Arctic after commissioning a second season of its original drama Fortitude.



Simon Donald will write a new ten-part story set in the titular Arctic town, which in season one starts to unravel when a mysterious death threatens the community.

Fortitude launched in January on Sky Atlantic and was the first Sky original series to air simultaneously in all Sky markets in Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK, and Ireland.

It also aired in the US on Pivot, which will also coproduce the second season.

The series is produced by Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect Productions, with executive producers Donald, Patrick Spence, Frith Tiplady, Anne Mensah, and Lizzie Gray.

It has also been sold by Sky Vision to more than 100 broadcasters worldwide, including ABC in Australia, Super Channel in Canada, OTE in Greece, and France’s Canal+.

Season two of Canal+’s Spotless in development

A second season of new Canal+ drama Spotless is in development ahead of the launch of season one tonight.



The ten-part series, filmed in London, tells the story of Jean, whose quiet life is shattered by the sudden arrival of his brother Martin, who leads them into the world of organised crime. Against the backdrop of Jean’s company specialising in cleaning crime scenes, they must fight to regain control of their lives and their business amid gangsters, corruption and drugs.

Producer Tandem Communications is now developing the second season, as part of its efforts to focus on series development and production after parent company StudioCanal announced it would now handle sales for all of Tandem’s output.

Tandem’s former sales team will now operate under the StudioCanal banner, reporting to Rodolphe Buet, president of international marketing and distribution.

Meanwhile, Tandem’s production team will devote their time to developing, financing and producing primetime programmes for the international market.

The move comes three years after StudioCanal took a majority stake in Tandem, which has enabled the latter to move into the one-hour drama arena, beginning with pan-European crime procedural Crossing Lines.

Production has just begun on its third season, which stars Goran Visnjic, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Donald Sutherland.

The new season is executive produced by Frank Spotnitz and Rola Bauer.

Battle Creek goes worldwide

Battle Creek, the new drama from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, has been sold into more than 100 countries around the world.

Battle Creek

Battle Creek

Buyers include TF1 in France, RTL in Germany, RTE in Ireland, 365 Media in Iceland, NOS in Portugal, ORF in Austria, ICTV in Ukraine, Canal+ in Spain, D-Smart in Turkey and Turkish-speaking Cyprus, and Rostelecom and SPT Networks in Russia.

It will air on MTG’s free channels and subscription VoD platform Viaplay in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and on Shaw Media in Canada, and Globo TV in Brazil.

HOT in Israel, M-Net in sub-Saharan Africa, Seven Network in Australia, and TVNZ’s TV One in New Zealand, Chinese online platform iQiyi, and Fox International Channels in southeast Asia have also acquired rights to the show.

Battle Creek, created by Gilligan and David Shore, tells the story of a small town detective whose authority is challenged by the arrival of a big-city FBI agent.

It stars Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel.

The show is produced by Shore Z Productions, High Bridge Productions, Gran Via Productions, and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television, and CBS Television Studios.

Shore, Gilligan, Bryan Singer, and Mark Johnson executive produce.

Sony Pictures Television distributes the 13×60′ series, which airs on CBS in the US.

Sky Atlantic, Canal+ dig new Tunnel

Sky Atlantic in the UK and France’s Canal+ have confirmed a new season of cross-Channel drama The Tunnel.

The Tunnel 2: Debris (w/t) will reunite British detective Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and his French partner Elise Wasserman (Clémence Poésy) in a new original story.

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

In a departure from the second season of Danish/Swedish drama Bron/Broen, upon which the show is based, The Tunnel 2: Debris sees a passenger plane mysteriously crash into the English Channel, killing everyone on board and bringing together Roebuck and Wasserman to solve the case.

Joining the second season is producer Julian Stevens, while Ben Richards returns as lead writer.

It is produced by Kudos Film and Television and Shine France.

The executive producers are Ben Richards, Manda Levin, Karen Wilson, Nora Melhli, Jo McClellan and Anne Mensah.

Filming will start in the UK and France in March.