22 JUN 2021

RED ARROW STUDIOS AND PLAYGROUND PARTNER TO DEVELOP "INSPECTOR MAIGRET”

The co-development deal, also worked on by Co-producer Georges Simenon, serves as the first major global TV deal for GSL since the acquisition in 2020 of 90% of GSL by International Literary Properties.

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Red Arrow Studios and GSL unvieled their most recent license and co-production deal alongside Colin Callender's Playground, set to co-develop with Red Arrow Studios. Their new project will be based on Georges Simenon’s iconic series of novels, "Inspector Maigret." “As one of the most recognized and celebrated detective novel collections of all time, it’s a privilege to collaborate with Playground and GSL on developing the iconic Jules Maigret character for television, and portraying the romantic yet gritty world of Paris he inhabits," Tim Gerhartz, President & Managing Director at Red Arrow Studios International, said.

Targeted at the global market where the novels have been read by tens of millions of fans, Playground’s option deal with GSL will include all 75 novels and 28 short stories based on Maigret's story. The Inspector Maigret books have sold over 600 million copies worldwide, have been and have been translated into more than 50 languages, making it the second-best-selling detective series of all time. “ILP was formed to acquire IP in the world’s best literary estates and to work with those estates and their representatives to preserve their legacy and develop them in a way that ensures that wonderful stories like George Simenon’s continue to be re-told by the most talented voices to bring enjoyment for decades to come,” Hilary Strong, CEO of ILP and Director of GSL, said.

The adaptation will be executive produced by Colin Callender, David Stern, and Scott Huff for Playground, Tim Gerhartz and Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia for Red Arrow Studios International, and John Simenon and Hilary Strong for GSL. Red Arrow Studios International will serve as its main global distributor. “Playground has an eminent reputation for bringing award-winning and striking series to international audiences, and we look forward to creating a fresh and distinctive adaptation that will appeal to Maigret’s existing fans as well as new ones.”

Maigret's book highlight his ability to solve murders using his understanding of human motives and emotional makeup. The Parisian cop has a devotion to his craft and his love for his wife, Madame Maigret. “It’s a rare opportunity to adapt a work that is both distinctive and timeless and we’re incredibly grateful to the Simenon Estate and for the partnership of Red Arrow as we bring Maigret to a global audience," Playground’s joint Managing Directors Scott Huff and David Stern said.

As one of the most recognized and celebrated detective novel collections of all time, it’s a privilege to collaborate with Playground and GSL on developing the iconic Jules Maigret character for television, and portraying the romantic yet gritty world of Paris he inhabits.” Tim Gerhartz President & Managing Director at Red Arrow Studios International