Banijay Rights and AMC Networks’ U.S. streaming service Sundance Now have signed a pan-territory deal for five drama titles, including the Norwegian series Wisting.
Based on the best-selling novels by Jørn Lier Horst, Wisting stars Sven Nordin (Lilyhammer, Valkyrien) and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix trilogy, Marvel’s Jessica Jones). The ten-part series follows homicide detective William Wisting as he wrestles with the most challenging and shocking case of his career: a wanted American serial killer living in Norway.
Also part of the pact is the brand-new German-New Zealand thriller The Gulf. The drama centers around the moral disintegration of Detective Jess Savage, who finds herself caught between upholding the legal justice system, and morality, as she investigates crimes on her home patch of Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
Sundance Now will feature the exclusive U.S. premieres of The Gulf on December 4 and Wisting on December 18.
Other titles acquired from the Banijay Rights catalog include the Scandinavian offerings Couple Trouble and seasons one and two of the romantic comedy Idiomatic. The French ratings hit The Red Shadows has also been picked up by Sundance Now.
Andreas Lemos, VP of sales for North America at Banijay Rights, commented, “We are excited to work with Sundance Now and deliver a slate of diverse and gripping series for their audiences. These international dramas deliver exactly what viewers are looking for right now—strong universal themes placed in unique and intriguing settings with high-end production values and talent.”
Shannon Cooper, VP of programming at Sundance Now, said, “Sundance Now is thrilled to offer our subscribers several high-quality new dramas from our friends at Banijay. With their gripping scripts, breath-taking settings and stellar ensemble casts, Wisting, The Gulf and the other programs are ideally suited for our streaming service specializing in addictive dramas from across the globe.”