GoQuest Media has acquired two award-winning drama series from the Estonian pubcaster ERR, including Traitor and Divorce in Peace.
Per the deal, GoQuest Media now has exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the spy thriller Traitor, which premiered on ETV in September 2020, and the dramedy series Divorce in Peace. Both titles are produced by the Estonian production company Kassikuld OÜ, directed by Ergo Kuld and with Martin Algus and Ergo Kuld on board as producers.
Inspired by recent spy scandals in Estonia, Traitor begins in 2004 just before Estonia joined NATO and became a top target for Russian intelligence. New recruit Alfred Vint (Tambet Tuisk) ends up cooperating with Russian intelligence, leading to a cat-and-mouse game with the determined young Estonian counterintelligence officer Marko Arrak (Veiko Porkanen).
Divorce in Peace centers on a married couple who have grown apart. Businesswoman Laura (Liina Vahtrik) wants to end her marriage to music teacher Aksel (Jan Uuspõld) after 20 long years, who as total opposites can’t find common ground even in the most trivial of things. Laura takes Aksel to a relationship therapist who compiles a divorce plan for them consisting of ten tasks, with each episode framing the completion of one of the tasks.
Marje Tõemäe, head of programs at ETV, said: “We are excited to enter into the global market with two very special dramas Divorce in Peace and Traitor. Both of these series received a warm welcome from local audiences and by hitting the top of the rating lists, we hope that they will achieve the same success across the borders and surprise international audiences with their storyline.”
Akshit Sandhu, manager of acquisitions at GoQuest Media, added: “Our partnership with ETV is another step towards our international growth and distribution strategy. With some incredible dramas coming out of Eastern Europe, we are on track to offer compelling content such as Traitor and Divorce in Peace—two fantastic and successful series with their own unique themes, which will appeal to global audiences.”