April 20, 2021
In this week's edition:
• Crime Wave
ZDF Enterprises Places Bets on ANA. all in.
• Distributor Spotlight: ATV
By Mansha Daswani
Mansha Daswani checks in with a range of distributors to hear about what’s driving the brisk business in crime dramas today.
While conventional wisdom these days indicates that viewers (and, by extension, content buyers) are in the mood for light, uplifting stories to fill their downtime as the world struggles to emerge from life under Covid-19, the crime drama business is as busy as ever. Everyone loves a good whodunit, and the genre’s biggest selling point is perhaps that it can encompass multiple styles, from blue-sky procedurals to grisly, twisty-plot thrillers and everything in between.
“There is a trend towards lighter themed crime, but the classics are classics for a reason—narrative superiority always sells,” says Robert Franke, the VP of ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises. “So even though the trend for new productions is lighter in tone and storytelling, it’s the mix of tones and styles that makes a good crime catalog. We offer something for all tastes and preferences.”
David Swetman, senior VP of scripted content at All3Media International, agrees, noting, “The great thing about the detective genre is that there is something for everyone.”
Plus, as Tim Gerhartz, president and managing director at Red Arrow Studios International, observes, “The rapid proliferation of options for content means there is now room for all types of shows. We’re seeing linear channels and platforms look to procedurals and series that are lighter in tone and easy to schedule. Whereas with pay-TV and VOD platforms, there is scope for more complex programming, which is maybe darker in tone and themes but keeps audiences gripped and returning episode after episode.”
One emerging trend is the “semi-procedural” crime drama, Franke says, with “case of the week-style shows with a strong story arc over a season. Also, the characters are becoming more balanced. There was a strong trend after Breaking Bad to similarly dark characters with almost no redeeming features. We see that this is changing and writers also show light within the dark, which is a good thing and helps make these shows more digestible.”
At All3Media, Swetman has observed increased interest in setting stories “in more diverse precincts, and within communities or locales that we’ve not seen before in crime television.”
Hybrid storytelling, combining crime with fantasy, comedy, or historical settings, is also increasingly prevalent in the landscape, Gerhartz says.
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WorldScreenings: ZDF Enterprises Places Bets on ANA. all in.
In this video, Susanne Frank, Director ZDFE.drama, provides a special behind-the-scenes look at ANA. all in., alongside lead actress Maribel Verdú, creator and author Roberto Santiago and scriptwriter Ángela Armero, as well as co-stars Unax Ugalde, Biel Montoro, Víctor Clavijo, Natalia Verbeke and María Zabala.
The high-stakes world of gambling provides the backdrop for ANA. all in., a new drama being sold in the international market by ZDF Enterprises. Inspired by actual events, the thriller is about a criminal lawyer fighting a corrupt system to clear the name of her brother who has been accused of murder.
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Distributor Spotlight: ATV
ADDRESS: Güzeltepe Mahallesi, Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak Caddesi, B Blok, No:29/1/1, Eyüpsultan, Istanbul, Turkey
TELEPHONE: (90-212) 354-3701
GENERAL MANAGER: Ali Turkarslan
CONTENT SALES DEPUTY MANAGER: Muge Akar
CONTENT SALES DEPUTY MANAGER: Emre Gorentas
CONTENT SALES SPECIALIST: Gozde Dinc Ozcan
CONTENT SALES SPECIALIST: Merve Dogan
PROGRAMS: For My Family: 45 min. eps., drama; Akıncı: 45 min. eps., drama; Maria and Mustafa: 58x45 min., drama; The Ottoman: 185+x45 min., drama; Hercai: 250+x45 min., drama; Lifeline: 207x45 min., drama; Love and Secrets: 85x45 min., drama; Grand Family: 45 min. eps., drama; Don’t Leave Me: 147+x45 min., drama; Love and Hate: 280x45 min., drama.
TRAILERS: Please visit ATV’s Screening Room to view clips of Akıncı, Don't Leave Me, For My Family, Grand Family, Hercai, Lifeline, Love and Hate, Maria and Mustafa and The Ottoman.
“Turkuvaz Media Group (TMG), one of Turkey’s largest media groups, operates in television and radio broadcasting, newspaper and magazine publication and printing. Its flagship TV channel, ATV, was launched in 1993. Throughout the years, ATV has followed its motto to be at the top, without sacrificing quality, thus becoming a jewel in the crown of Turkuvaz Media Group.
TMG also includes numerous other thematic channels, each being leaders in their own category. ATV, with its powerful advertising capability, has had an active role in shaping Turkish television over the years. The channel is renowned for its enthralling dramas, hilarious comedies, action-packed series and engaging sitcoms, all of which are produced at the highest quality. With its creative and pioneering outlook, ATV successfully produces many unique and original programs, bringing an abundance of fabulous stories and first-rate actors into homes via the TV screen.
Furthermore, ATV’s distribution unit provides a vast range of choices and diversity, offering over 40,000 hours of TV series as well as movies. The popular TV channel’s content-sales department is one of the key figures of the Turkish distribution industry, exporting the highest quality drama series to over 60 countries worldwide.
At ATV, we are proud of our achievements and continue to strive to bring you even more.”
This Week's Top 5
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Call the Midwife Lands Two-Season Renewal
Two more seasons of the hit series Call the Midwife have been commissioned for BBC One.
The Replacement Remake for Elisa Viihde
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The Drowning Landing in New Markets
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Sky Studios Ups Chernobyl Commissioner Gabriel Silver
Sky Studios has promoted Gabriel Silver to director of commissioning for drama in the U.K.