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SVT and ZDF Enterprises sign international distribution deal for Death of a Pilgrim

Stockholm and Mainz, 13th February 2013

SVT, Sweden’s public service broadcaster, and ZDF Enterprises have signed an agreement regarding the international distribution of the four episode TV-series Death of a Pilgrim.

Death of a Pilgrim covers the assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986. It is based on author Leif GW Persson's award-winning trilogy The death of a welfare state. The series stars Rolf Lassgård (known for his role as 'Kurt Wallander') and Helena af Sandeberg.

The story centers on the head of the national crime unit, Lars Martin Johansson -”LMJ” - played by Rolf Lassgård. He is frustrated that the Palme assassination was never solved. Could he have prevented the killing if he'd acted differently back then? He gets the opportunity to start an investigation that runs parallel to the regular Palme investigation and hand-picks a team of people that he feels can help him see the case in a new light.

His first recruit is Jeanette Eriksson (Helena af Sandeberg), who has been with the force for 25 years and may well be the colleague that LMJ holds in the highest of respect. Several of the team members might have knowledge about the assassination that they aren’t even aware of themselves. Someone must have seen or heard something that might be the key to solving the case. The story is played out both in the present day, and in the weeks before Palme was assassinated.

The series was directed by Kristoffer Nyholm and Kristian Petri. Written by Sara Heldt and Johan Widerberg, and produced by Maria Nordenberg. Other notable cast members are Jonas Karlsson, Claes Malmberg, Jakob Ericksson, Ellen Jelinek, Kjell Bergqvist, Lars-Erik Berenett and Johannes Brost.

Death of a Pilgrim premiered on SVT1 on Sunday, January 13th, reaching an audience of over 1.8 million viewers, and a viewer share of 50%. It is a co-production between DR, NRK, YLE and Chimney Pot with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Nordvision Fund.

Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises: “We have a long-standing experience in worldwide distribution of Scandinavian crime programs and are convinced that we’ll be able to help make Death of a Pilgrim another international hit. We are pleased to add yet another suspenseful title to our impressive catalogue.”

Stefan Baron, Co-production Executive at SVT Drama: “We are pleased to have yet another deal in place with ZDF Enterprises and are sure they will do a great job in making this great story travel to new territories.”


About SVT
Sveriges Television (SVT) is the Swedish public service television company with the widest range of programming of all TV companies in Sweden. The main channel, SVT1, is the most viewed channel in Sweden with over 35 % of the viewing. It is also the channel which holds the top ranking in the audience appreciation index. Today SVT operates eight channels - seven national, SVT1, SVT2, SVT24, SVT B (a childrens´ channel) and together with UR, Kunskapskanalen, and one international, SVT World. All SVT channels are digital only. SVT World offers SVT productions in Swedish in real time to viewers all over the world. Since February 2013 all SVT-broadcasts are also available online at

Contact SVT
David Hagen, (Press Officer SVT Communication),, + 46 730 878 156.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
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ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


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Death of a Pilgrim, Photo by Peter Cederling/SVT