CANNES — The TV series “Agatha Christie Hjerson” has been picked up by the streamer title for North America and Australian channel SBS, ZDF Studios announced Tuesday at the Cannes Mipcom trade show.
“Agatha Christie’s Hudson” is being sold as both a 45-minute series and four feature-length stories.
Title acquired exclusive rights for the US and Canada. SBS, the multicultural Australian broadcaster, has also closed an exclusive deal for the drama series.
In addition, ZDF Studio has licensed the program to the VOD platforms Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, Deutsche Telekom and Huawei in German-speaking territories, as well as to German public broadcaster ZDF.
Other buyers include Viasat World, which covers the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Croatia and the whole of Southeast Europe, Keshet (Israel), NHK (Japan), VR Films (India), LRT (Lithuania) and Walter Presents, Walter Euzzolino. Global Series Network for UK and Ireland.
Yi Qiao, director of drama at ZDF Studio, said, “I am happy that a character from Christie’s universe is coming to life for the first time. .
Winner of the MIPDrama Award, Coup de Coeur in 2021, this is the first time this character from Christie’s novel has been adapted into a TV series. Swedish comedian, actor and screenwriter, Johan Rheborg takes the part of Sven Hjerson, and his sidekick Clara Sandberg is played by Hanna Alström (“Kingman: The Secret Service”).
Hjerson has solved some of the most difficult cases in Swedish criminal history. Since then, he has gone vegan and retired. Until a reality TV producer (Sandberg) decides to create a TV show based around it.
“It’s not every day that we introduce our customers to a new Agatha Christie detective,” said Jennifer Liang on the topic. “We are very pleased to welcome Swedish detective Sven Herson to our global Advanced Crime and Suspects program.”
Heidi Ireland, channel manager for SBS On Demand and SBS World Films, added: “We’re excited to bring content to audiences from Australia and around the world, and we’re thrilled to be bringing ‘Agatha Christie’s Hudson’ to the stage.
“Agatha Christie’s Hjerson” by Patrick Andersen and Ulf Sinnerholm is produced by BR•F for TV4/C More, in collaboration with ZDF, Nadcon and the Government of Åland, and in close cooperation with ZDF Studios and Agatha Christie Ltd.
The series was created and produced by Patrick Gylström at BR•F and was written by Patrick Gylström, Jørn Paqualin, Jakob Beckmann, Martin Luke and Aaron Levander. Directed by Lisa James Larson and Lisa Farzaneh.