MIPCOM: International Networks Warm to 'Midnight Sun'

Midnight Sun
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The new Nordic thriller from the creators of 'The Bridge' sells to Germany and Australia ahead of its premiere at MIPCOM.

Midnight Sun, the new Nordic noir thriller from the creators of The Bridge, was snatched up by several international networks ahead of its gala screening at TV market MIPCOM.

German public broadcaster ZDF, Australia's SBS and Israel's Hot network acquired the hourlong series with eight episodes, which French pay-TV network Canal Plus and Swedish public broadcaster SVT are backing and is produced by Atlantique Productions and Nice Drama and sold by StudioCanal.

StudioCanal also closed deals with NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, RUV in Iceland, MTV3 in Finland, VRT in Belgium and Lumiere for the Benelux region.

The Sweden-France drama is the latest from Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, producers of Scandinavian crime hit The Bridge. Based on an idea by Henrik Jansson-Schweizer and Patrick Nebout, Midnight Sun is a murder mystery set in the 24-hour sunlight of an Arctic summer.

French actress Leila Bekhti plays a French detective sent to investigate the brutal murder of a French citizen in a remote mining community in the far north of Sweden. There she is paired with a local Swedish cop (Gustaf Hammarsten) from the indigenous Sami community.

Midnight Sun premiered in April at the SeriesMania festival in Paris, where it won the audience award for best series.