Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine today announced that South African based production company Both Worlds Pictures have picked up the exclusive rights to adapt critically acclaimed drama The Bridge in Africa.
The deal will see Both Worlds seek a broadcast partner to create a South African/Zimbabwean version of the international series. The adaptation will feature an all African cast and will be based upon the famous Beit Bridge, the physical border post separating South Africa and Zimbabwe.
An African version of the show would mark the seventh local version of the series, which has so far been remade in Malaysia/Singapore, Germany/Austria, Croatia/Serbia, U.S./Mexico, UK/France and Russia/Estonia.
Originally known in Sweden and Denmark as Bron/ Broen,the format is a present-day crime thriller exploring the tensions between two neighbouring countries. The scripted hit was created by Filmlance International, part of Endemol Shine Group, in Sweden and Nimbus Film in Denmark. The fourth and final series of the original aired in Sweden and Denmark last year, becoming the number one drama in Scandinavia and becoming shortlisted for Best International Drama at this year’s Edinburgh TV Awards.
Lars Blomgren, creator of The Bridge and Endemol Shine Group’s Head of Scripted, EMEA, says, “Thierry and the team at Both Worlds have such a huge enthusiasm for our beloved series and we couldn’t think of anyone better to create the first African Saga. It’s beena joy to watch the various iterations of the format develop around the world and we can’t wait to see the direction they take this one in.”
Thierry Cassuto, Founder and Executive Producer at Both Worlds Pictures, said, “We are thrilled to adapt the award-winning series The Bridge for South Africa and the continent. I’ve always been a great fan of the series and admired how sensitively remakes were made in parts of the world that are so culturally different. It shows how the story and the characters are able to strike a universal chord, and we intend to create an adaptation that will be equally unique and will resonate with African viewers”
Endemol Shine Group are behind scripted superbrands Peaky Blindersand Black Mirror, as well as Humans, Grantchester and Tin Star, all of which have aired in 100 markets or more.
The company is also behind a range of highly anticipated world scripted titles including Norway’s Beforeigners(HBO Europe), Sweden’s Beartown(HBO Europe), Germany’s Dark(Netlfix), Spain’s The Idhun Memories (Netflix) and Israel’s Just For Today(Yes).
ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE GROUP
With world-class creative, production, distribution and commercial capabilities, Endemol Shine Group works on a unique local and global axis, comprised of 120 companies across all the world’s major markets, dedicated to creating content that entertains and enthralls billions of people around the world.
Endemol Shine Group’s drama portfolio is international and diverse, with acclaimed worldwide hits such as Humans, Bron, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Grantchester, Spring Tide, Penoza and Broadchurch. Global hits include MasterChef, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, The Money Drop, Your Face Sounds Familiar, The Brain, Hunted and The Island along with new travelling formats All Together Now, Family Food Fight and Big Bounce Battle.
Our content is enjoyed wherever the audience wants to watch and generates more than 2.7 billion monthly views online, with titles such as Mr. Bean now among the world’s most popular entertainment brands on platforms including YouTube and Facebook. In 2018, Endemol Shine Group had 700 productions on air across 270 platforms in more than 70 territories, travelling more formats than any of our peers.
ABOUT BOTH WORLDS PICTURES
Both Worlds is a Cape Town based South African production company known for its many award-winning programmes including twice International Emmy nominated and multiple SAFTA winner ZANEWS’ Puppet Nation, as well as Point of Order, Parlement Parlement, Comedy Central News and the TF1 movie Operation Rainbow Warrior.
Both Worlds has recently launched a high-end scripted content division under the supervision of award-winning South African screenwriter Karen Jeynes, and has several TV series in advanced stage of development with local and international broadcasters. These include Recipes For Love and Murder based on Sally Andrew’s best-selling novels, coproduced with Edinburg based Pirate Productions with the support of Creative Scotland, directed by Annie Griffin (Wild Bill, Women on the Verge); Unarmed starring Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Captain Marvel) and directed by Charlotte Brändsröm (The Witcher, Conspiracy of Silence) a spy thriller which was the first South African series selected at C21’s London International Drama Pitch Summit; and A Thousand Ropes, created by Tim Greene(Boy Called Twist, Skeem) and Jann Turner (Scandal, The Resident), pitched as The Piano meets Deadwood in Africa.
With offices in Paris and New York facilitating best access to international talent and partnerships, Both Worlds has delivered quality content to all major South African channels and platforms (Mnet, SABC, eTV, StarTimes, Showmax).