France’s Ampersand picks up Russia’s ‘The Dead Lake’ for global sales

French distributor Ampersand Fiction has picked up the Russian thriller The Dead Lake for international distribution.

The 8 x 52-minute series is produced by Moscow-based 1-2-3 Production and originally aired on GPM Entertainment Television. Directed by by Roman Prygunov (Dukhless) and written by Roman Kantor (To The Lake), the series follows a Moscow detective who is sent to a small, quiet snow-bound town in the Arctic Circle, to investigate the murder of a local oligarch’s daughter.

“1-2-3 Production is one of the most preeminent and talented Russian producers with strong titles like the award-winning Ordinary Woman, the Netflix original To The Lake or the worldwide success movie The Blackout,” said Mathurin Beauvert, Ampersand Fiction’s head of sales. “We are delighted to start a collaboration with such a quality partner. We selected the series The Dead Lake for its strong story-telling and international appeal which has already garnered interest from key territories.”

“We’re seeing growth in global demand for Russian TV shows on the back of To The Lake‘s success and excited to have the chance to show international viewers another, no less original and captivating project, once more featuring winter, snow and unusual circumstances,” added Evgeniy Nikishov, producer, head of 1-2-3 Production.

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