Filming has begun for the brand-new adaptation of All3Media International’s scripted format "Informer," the BAFTA-nominated original drama from Neal Street Productions for BBC One. “We’re very pleased to see filmpool fiction commence shooting on a new adaptation of this complex, character-driven thriller, a project which brings together an impressive line-up of broadcaster partners,Informant is a perfect example of the type of premium adaptations and multi-territory co-productions that are possible not only through the wealth of high-end formats in the All3Media International portfolio but also through the incredible network of creative talent within the All3Media group.”
"Informant" is being produced by filmpool fiction, part of All3Media Deutschland, for NDR, ARD Degeto, ARTE and NRK (Norway), and it is expected to debut on-screen in Autumn 2024. The six-part thriller is produced by Iris Kiefer (filmpool fiction) and executive produced by Nikola Bock. The editors are Christian Granderath and Philine Rosenberg (NDR), Christoph Pellander (ARD Degeto), Uta Cappel (ARTE) and Elisabeth Tangen (NRK). The production is funded by the German Motion Picture Fund. “’Informant’ is set in Hamburg, one of Europe's most beautiful cities and Hamburg's newest landmark, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, has a prominent part in this intriguing story," Frank Beckmann, Programming Director at NDR German Broadcasting is excited about their new TV series project said. "We aim to create attractive content for German public television that also appeals to audiences outside our country. Forging a strong international partnership with major players like All3Media, ARD Degeto, ARTE and NRK has enabled NDR to make this happen and we are really looking forward to it.”
Starring Jürgen Vogel, Elisa Schlott and Ivar Wafaei, "Informant" tells the story of how the ‘war on terror’ and indications of an attack on the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg plunges people into a maelstrom of fear, prejudice and hysteria. The cast also includes Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Bayan Layla, Claudia Michelsen, Sabrina Ceesay, Nico Holonics, Ali Reza Ahmadi and Majid Bakhtiari. Informant is written and directed by Matthias Glasner (KDD-Kriminaldauerdienst, Das Boot).
Neal Street Productions’ original critically acclaimed drama was produced for BBC One and starred Paddy Considine, Bel Powley and Nabhaan Rizwan. Executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, alongside Nicolas Brown, Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Julie Pastor, it was directed by Jonny Campbell and written by Sohrab Noshirvani and Rory Haines. Informer received the First Look Award from Seriencamp and a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Nabhaan Rizwan received an Edinburgh TV Award for Best Breakthrough Talent and an RTS Breakthrough Award. All3Media International handles scripted format rights as well as rights to the original series.
“I’d like to thank Iris Kiefer at filmpool fiction for her fantastic work in bringing this truly international co-production together, and I can’t wait to see how our top-class cast and crew reinvent Neal Street’s gripping thriller for our partners at NDR, ARD Degeto, ARTE and NRK," Irina Ignatiew-Lemke, Managing Director at All3Media Deutschland Fiction GmbH said. "Focusing on globally relevant themes of identity and belonging, as well as hysteria and alarmism, our adaptation of Informer gives us an opportunity to bring our own local DNA to a story that we know will resonate with viewers in German-speaking Europe and around the world.”
In "Informer," indications of an impending attack on the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie put the police authorities on alert and, in a self-fulfilling prophecy, trigger a chain of events that make the attack possible in the first place. LKA investigator Gabriel Bach (Vogel) maintains contact with informants from the broad Arab community. But past events from his time as an undercover investigator in the right-wing scene make the authorities doubt him – so they put aspiring BKA officer Holly Valentin (Schlott) at his side.
A first hot lead threatens to quickly go cold when an informant is found dead under unclear circumstances. Out of necessity, Gabriel and Holly recruit the blameless Raziq ‘Raza’ Shaheen (Wafaei), a 22-year-old Afghan living in Germany, who knew the dead man but has nothing to do with terror, IS or organized crime. However, Gabriel and Holly have Raza in their hands because his girlfriend Sadia (Layla) is in Hamburg without legal papers. To protect his girlfriend, Raza agrees to work together, and as his family quickly becomes embroiled in trouble, he soon becomes the most important informant in a mysterious game.
I’d like to thank Iris Kiefer at filmpool fiction for her fantastic work in bringing this truly international co-production together, and I can’t wait to see how our top-class cast and crew reinvent Neal Street’s gripping thriller for our partners at NDR, ARD Degeto, ARTE and NRK.” Irina Ignatiew-Lemke Managing Director at All3Media Deutschland Fiction GmbH