Munich - Global Screen, a Telepool brand, has confirmed the sale of the multi award-nominated and award-winning top-rated event drama Dark Woods to the UK. Produced by ConradFilm and Bavaria Fiction, the series will air on Walter Presents, the VOD service for Channel 4 – part of its All 4 online platform. A new pan-Scandinavian sales deal has also been announced today which sees the premium drama heading to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland on Walter Presents via C More.
Julia Weber, Head of Acquisitions & Sales at Global Screen comments:
“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of this highly original and sought-after series, across Scandinavia and in the UK, where crime drama has proved to be a key genre and is hugely popular with viewers of all ages. We are confident Dark Woods will be a great success in these territories, where it will be seen by a wide audience. The drama, which was the most-watched programme in ARD’s catch-up TV in Germany this year, has an outstanding cast and offers a unique, gripping atmosphere, perfect for broadcasters looking for high-end European content.”
Nominated for a C21 Drama Award in the Mini Series Category, the German TV Award winner and Seoul International Drama Award nominee, Dark Woods is inspired by real-life-events and starts out in the summer of 1989, when the sister of high-ranking Hamburg police officer Thomas Bethge (Matthias Brandt) disappears from her house in Lower Saxony, near where gruesome double murders have taken place. Bethge is faced with the most difficult task of his life: he wants to find his sister, but as a Hamburg police officer he is not allowed to investigate in Lower Saxony. He then seeks support from his colleagues Anne Bach (Karoline Schuch) and Frank Behringer (Andreas Lust). Bethge’s quest for justice continues long after his retirement for almost 30 years as he and his team eventually, through painstaking and meticulous research, finally get on the track of a suspected serial killer.
From International Emmy Award-winning writer Stefan Kolditz (“Generation War”, “Naked among Wolves”) and directed by Sven Bohse (“Ku’damm 56”), Dark Woods stars Matthias Brandt (“Babylon Berlin”), Karoline Schuch (“Balloon”, “Luther and I”), August Wittgenstein (“Das Boot”, “Deadwind”), Nicholas Ofczarek (“Pagan Peak”, “The Team”) and Hanno Koffler (“Never look away”, “Pagan Peak”) in the lead roles. "Dark Woods" is produced by ConradFilm and Bavaria Fiction on behalf of NDR and ARD Degeto for Das Erste. Commissioning editors are Christian Granderath and Sabine Holtgreve (NDR) and Carolin Haasis (ARD Degeto); executive producers of the 3 x 90’/ 6 x 45’ event are Marc Conrad (ConradFilm) and Maren Knieling and Jan S. Kaiser (Bavaria Fiction).