ZDF Enterprises, co-producer of the Swedish crime thriller “Huss” (5x90’, 10x45’), has launched the distribution of the series, inspired by Helene Tursten’s best-selling novels and produced by Yellow Bird Productions. The gripping show centres around Katarina Huss, an ambitious new graduate of Sweden’s police academy, who is drawn into a tangled web of corruption and betrayal.
Other co-production partners for this high-end drama are Viaplay, Discovery and German broadcaster ZDF, with ZDF Enterprises retaining international distribution rights. “Huss” brings together some of Scandi Noir’s biggest creative talents. The series is produced by Daniel Gylling and directed by Jörgen Bergmark, who is also the co-writer with Peter Lindblom, whose work includes the Swedish “Wallander” series. Katarina Huss is played by Swedish actress, playwright and director Karin Franz Körlof, who was honored by the Berlinale with the European Shooting Star award (2017).
Based in Gothenburg where Katarina’s mother, Irene Huss is the deputy Chief of Police, a young police officer who struggles to be accepted by her colleagues. As she familiarizes herself with the surrounding tough neighborhoods, Katerina soon realizes that the squad she has been assigned to harbors a secret, something to do with the violent riots that occurred in the city. The underlying discontent with the leadership and her temporary promotion creates further tension that escalates as the young police officer finds out her mother is part of the cover-up.
“We are excited to be part of this major new drama, a complex thriller that has a fantastic array of talent behind it. There is a huge appetite in the market for procedural crime series which makes 'Huss' a key title in our scripted slate,” said Robert Franke, Vice President ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises.