Sky buys Belgian drama for UK, Germany

Scripted-logo-460_2public enemySky has picked Public Enemy, taking the Belgian drama for its Sky Atlantic channels in the UK and Germany.

The French-language series was produced by Belgian prodcos Entre Chien et Loup and Playtime Films for pubcaster RTBF.

It is distributed by Zodiak Rights, which struck the Sky deal. It has also shopped the series to a raft of other well known buyers including free-to-air net TF1 in France.

Movistar’s SVOD service in Spain and C More’s streaming service in Scandinavia have also taken the series, which scooped the buyers’ award at the inaugural MIPDrama Screenings earlier this year.

The series follows Guy Béranger, a child murderer at the end of his prison sentence. His release into the custody of the monks at leads to an outcry from nearby villagers, which is made worse when a local girl disappears.

As the appetite for international drama grows, several new projects are coming out of Belgium. Federation has scooped the rights to cybercrime drama Unit 42 and The Break, about the death of a professional footballer.

Lagardère Studios has also inked a distribution deal for Belgian drama series from Flemish prodco deMENSEN.

Public Enemy is the result of a great initiative launched jointly by Wallonia Brussels Federation and RTBF in 2013 to develop Belgian talent across TV series,” said Entre Chien et Loup’s François Touwaide.

“After a significant success in Belgium we are very happy with the international response to the show and the great job done by the Zodiak Rights team.

Caroline Torrance, head of scripted at Zodiak Rights, said: “This gripping drama received wide critical acclaim on its debut in Belgium, comfortably winning its primetime slot, and that success, alongside the recognition at MIPTV, has provided a great launch pad for our international sales.”