Warner Bros Discovery buys ‘The Crimson Rivers’ for Max in Europe

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) has entered the acquisition market for European drama series The Crimson Rivers.

The licensing agreement with ZDF Studios covers all four seasons of the show, consisting of a total of 32 episodes, for French-speaking territories and Belgium. The series will launch on June 11 on Max in France and HBO Max in Belgium. This comes after WBD began rolling out the Max brand in Europe on May 21, with HBO Max being phased out over time.

It is set in a macabre world full of gruesome criminal cases, sadistic murderers, creepy rituals and mysterious incidents. The Crimson Rivers follows detective Pierre Niémans and his new partner, Camille Delauney, as they investigate a series of bizarre crimes in remote areas of France. The shocking brutality of the cases, steeped in regional myths and forgotten customs, far exceeds the capacity of local police forces.

Olivier Marchal, former police officer and creator of the French crime drama Braquo, plays Niémans. Erika Sainte (Je Suis Resté dans les Bois) plays Delauney.

The series is based on the bestseller of the same name by author Jean-Christophe Grangé, who also wrote the book Crimson river feature film adaptations, including the blockbuster starring Jean Reno, the creative helms. Jean-Christophe Grangé, Alin Michel and David Neiss are the writers.

Storia Television co-produced the show with Maze Pictures for France Télévisions and German pubcaster ZDF, in association with ZDF Studios. NBC Universal, TV3 in Russia, Radio-Canada, SBS and Walter Presents parent company GSN are among those that have acquired it since its launch in 2017.

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Mirela Nastase, Director of Drama at ZDF Studios, said: “The Crimson Rivers is an exceptional thriller with a mystical touch. I’m thrilled that Warner Bros. viewers. Discovery will have the opportunity to watch this intriguing drama that touches on French history and beliefs rooted in local culture.”

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