Endemol Shine Group extends the Bridge to Serbia and CroatiaEndemol Shine Group extends the Bridge to Serbia and Croatia

Scripted Format | London | 28/03/2019

RTL Croatia and RTS Serbia to collaborate to create the sixth local version of the hit crime drama

Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group today announces that it has secured a deal for a 10 x 50’ Serbian/Croatian version of The Bridge to be produced by Adrenalin Serbia for RTL Croatia and RTS Serbia.

It marks the sixth local adaptation of the award-winning series, which has so far been remade in the U.S./Mexico, UK/France, Germany/Austria, Russia/Estonia and Malaysia/Singapore. Originally created by Filmlance International, part of Endemol Shine Group, in Sweden and Nimbus Film in Denmark The Bridge is a present-day crime thriller exploring the tensions between two neighbouring countries. The fifth and final series of the original aired in Sweden and Denmark last year, becoming the number one drama in Scandinavia.

The series begins when a dead body is found on the boarder connecting the two countries, forcing a detective from each territory to work together to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. Filming is set to commence later this year with casting and TX to be announced in due course. Endemol Shine International will distribute outside of the commissioning territories.

Lars Blomgren, Head of Scripted EMEA, Endemol Shine Group and creator of The Bridge says; “Central and Eastern Europe is a new creative hotbed with many exciting projects coming out of the region. I believe this will be another fascinating adaptation of the story, set in a region with a very rich political history that will play to the strength of the plot and genre. I am also incredibly proud of the show which started as a local series for Sweden and Denmark and has grown into an international sensation with six adaptations in all corners of the world, making the format rollout a perfect example of what collaborating across our diverse ESG network can achieve.”

The Bridge is the latest non-English scripted offering for Endemol Shine Group in Central and Eastern Europe, with Endemol Shine Poland announcing it’s first period drama Our Century for TVP1 last month. Other works in production include Beartown (Filmlance for HBO Europe) and Beforeigners (Rubicon for HBO Europe) as well as a second series of Queens (Endemol Shine Israel fro HOT). A second series of the German adaptation of The Bridge, Pagan’s Peak, has also been commissioned (Weidemann and Berg for Sky Deutchland).

Endemol Shine Group creates world-class content for all platforms including global hits Black Mirror, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Humans, Hunted, MasterChef, Peaky Blinders, The Island, The Brain, Tin Star, Grantchester and Your Face Sounds Familiar.

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