All3Media International has announced sales for New Pictures’ "The Long Shadow." In addition to Sundance Now, who holds exclusive rights in the U.S. and Canada, All3Media International has secured deals across Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. “This exceptionally moving and sensitive series is produced to the highest quality by Willow Grylls, with writer George Kay and director Lewis Arnold and the team at New Pictures," Maartje Horchner EVP Content at All3Media International said.
In Germany MagentaTV has acquired the seven-part drama which will launch on the platform this month. Virgin Media Television in Ireland, VRT in Belgium, Cosmote TV in Greece and for POLAR+, CANAL+ Group’s thriller channel will air the series in France. A further deal is in the pipeline with a major streaming service that will cover multiple European territories. Additionally, Prime Video has acquired rights to the seven-part series in a pan territory deal for Africa. Australian streamer Stan has acquired the series and NHK Enterprises Inc. has taken the series for Mystery Channel, one of the PAY TV channels owned by AXN Co., Ltd. in Japan.
The definitive depiction of the desperate five-year hunt for serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, sensitively focusing on the lives of the victims who crossed his path and those of the officers at the heart of the police investigation. Produced by the award-winning team at New Pictures behind Des and White House Farm, the seven-part series is solely written by award-winning screenwriter, George Kay (Hijack, Criminal: UK) and solely directed by BAFTA-winning director Lewis Arnold (Sherwood, Time, Des). The series premiered to critical acclaim and ratings winning success on ITV1 and ITVX last month.
"The Long Shadow" is made up of hundreds of case files, interview transcripts and police reports, and on "Wicked Beyond Belief," Michael Bilton’s critically acclaimed account of the case, published by William Collins. One murder has the power to cast a long shadow and this case plunged a whole society into darkness. For every victim, there were friends and loved ones. For every police officer, there was the burden of failure – of near misses and guilt – and the knowledge that as they failed to find their man, more women continued to suffer.
The title will speak to the societal issues of the past whilst highlighting alarming parallels between these terrible crimes and tragic events in our more recent history. "We are so pleased to have brought Sundance Now to the project as co-producer and to already have such an impressive slate of partners from across the globe," Horchner said.
This exceptionally moving and sensitive series is produced to the highest quality by Willow Grylls, with writer George Kay and director Lewis Arnold and the team at New Pictures.” Maartje Horchner EVP Content, All3Media International