Global Screen sells TV hit DARK WOODS to multiple territories

Feb 24th, 2021

Global Screen sells TV hit DARK WOODS to multiple territories

After the hugely successful first broadcast of DARK WOODS (OT: “Das Geheimnis des Totenwaldes”) on German television, US, Canadian, Spanish and French audiences can now also look forward to seeing the exciting crime thriller mini-series. The international distributor Global Screen has successfully sold the high-end series to these territories.

Inspired by true events and unsolved for almost thirty years, the story of a spectacular criminal case centres on a high-ranking police officer's increasingly desperate search for his sister and the family's suffering. Starring Matthias Brandt (Babylon Berlin) and Karoline Schuch (Balloon), the crime series was directed by Sven Bohse (Ku’damm ’56/’59), written by International Emmy Award winner Stefan Kolditz (Generation War) and produced by ConradFilm (Marc Conrad) and Bavaria Fiction (Maren Knieling, Jan S. Kaiser).

Each part was the most watched programme in the prime-time schedule on its respective day of broadcast in Germany and reached up to 20.2% market share in December. The 6-part mini-series is also the most-watched programme in the ARD-Mediathek in 2020 with more than 10.7 million streams.

CANAL+ Group, French leading pay-TV group, acquired DARK WOODS for its thriller channel POLAR+. Audrey Brugère, Head of International Series of CANAL+ Group: “We are so excited to bring DARK WOODS to our subscribers. They are eager to discover a new generation of German crime series, and DARK WOODS’ incredible true story will grip them.”

First Look Media’s streaming service, Topic, will release the series as part of its exclusive programming this May in the US and Canada. Ryan Chanatry, Topic’s General Manager stated: “This true crime story became a cultural phenomenon in Germany and excels at keeping you on the edge of your seat as the plot unfolds. Given its subject matter, we’re confident this critically acclaimed series will be enthusiastically received in North America, and we couldn’t be more excited to exclusively bring DARK WOODS to our subscribers.”

In Spain, the series was sold to Cosmo TV for its pay-TV channel and SVoD service.

Dana Hoefinger, VP, International Acquisitions & Co-Productions at Global Screen: "DARK WOODS is an outstanding series whose extraordinary success in its home country is more than well deserved. Together with our partners at ConradFilm and Bavaria Fiction we are excited that it is now finding its way to an international audience so quickly and are continuing further negotiations with multiple territories."