ABC, DR take No Offence

Broadcasters in Australia and Denmark have picked up new Channel 4 crime drama No Offence.

No Offence

No Offence

ABC down under and Denmark’s DR have both acquired the police procedural, following deals with distributor FremantleMedia International.

Described as “crime on steroids” by the FMI’s CEO Jens Richter, No Offence sees a crack team of no nonsense coppers clamp down on crime in an attempt to keep the streets clean.

Created by Paul Abbott, it is produced by AbbottVision. The cast includes Joanna Scanlon, Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor, Paul Ritter, and Colin Salmon.

It debuts on Channel 4 on May 5.

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.

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.

FremantleInternational starts The Fight

FremantleMedia International will distribute a new drama from husband-and-wife team Stephen Kay and Piper Perabo.

Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs

Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs

The Fight follows conflict photographer Riley Miller and journalist Carroll Hobbs as they journey across continents, risking their lives to bring back stories and photographs that might change the world.

Kay will write and direct the series, with Piper Perabo set to star as Miller.

The Fight, which is set to run for five seasons, is produced by Corona Television.

FremantleMedia International takes No Offence

FremantleMedia International has struck a deal to sell new police drama No Offence around the world.

Created and written by Paul Abbott, the procedural follows a team of officers as they crack down on crime and attempt to enforce the law in Manchester, England.

Paul Abbott

Paul Abbott

It stars Joanna Scanlon, Elaine Cassidy, and Alexandra Roach, with Colin Salmon, Will Mellor, and Paul Ritter.

No Offence is produced by AbbottVision, and is due to air in 2015 on Channel 4 in the UK.

Abbott executive produces with Martin Carr.

Netflix meets A&E’s The Returned

The US remake of French zombie drama Les Revenants has been picked up by Netflix.

The Returned, which is scheduled to launch on A&E in the US on March 9, will air on the VoD platform worldwide following the deal with FremantleMedia International.

It will launch on Netflix outside of the US and Canada on March 10, with episodes dropping weekly within 24 hours of the A&E broadcast. It will then become available to subscribers in the US and Canada next year.

The Returned

The Returned

The story follows the residents of a small mountain town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have long been presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing both positive and detrimental consequences.

As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.

The Returned is produced by FremantleMedia North America and A+E Studios.

Foxtel locks up more Wentworth

Australian prison drama Wentworth will return for a fourth season.

Wentworth

Wentworth

Foxtel has announced that the FremantleMedia Australia production will begin filming a new 12-part run in the second half of this year.

It is likely to air in Spring 2016.

Season three finished production in August last year and will premiere on Foxtel’s SoHo channel on April 7.

The series is distributed by FremantleMedia International.

TV4 investigates Modus

Sweden’s TV4 is filming an adaptation of Anne Holt novel Fear Not (aka Frukta).

The eight-part series, called Modus, tells the story of forensic psychologist Inger Johanne Vik (Melinda Kinnaman), whose daughter witnesses a murder and is drawn into the investigation of a series of brutal murders.

Modus

Modus

It is written by Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe and marks the first time the Danish pair have written a series in Swedish, and the first adaptation they have scripted.

Modus is produced by Miso Film and is due to air this autumn.

It will also air on TV2 in Denmark, TV2 in Norway, Iceland’s RUV and ZDF in Germany.

It is distributed by FremantleMedia International.

Scandinavian networks buy into Deutschland 83

Cold War drama Deutschland 83 has been pre-sold into Scandinavia ahead of its launch in Germany.

Deutschland 83

Deutschland 83

SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, and RUV in Iceland have all acquired the series from distributor FremantleMedia International.

It was previously sold to SundanceTV, making it the first German-language series ever to air on a major US network.

The series is produced by UFA Fiction for RTL, which has slated its debut for this autumn.

Deutschland 83 is described as a suspenseful coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s.

The story 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.

Created by Anna Winger and Joerg Winger, Deutschland 83 is executive produced by UFA Fiction’s Joerg Winger and Nico Hofmann.

FremantleMedia International hires for drama push

FremantleMedia International is plotting to strengthen its primetime drama slate with a new hire.

The distributor has appointed Georgia Brown as senior vice president of scripted.

Brown will work with Fremantle’s distribution teams to build demand for new drama projects and work with third-party writers and producers to deliver them.

She will report to CEO Jens Richter.

The former Shine International executive will also report to Sarah Doole as part of the global drama team, where she will work with the in-house teams to develop projects and bring them to the market.

Brown was previously senior vice president of acquisitions at Shine, where she worked on series including Broadchurch and Code of a Killer.