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US streamer Topic snaps up 'The Bridge' from ZDF Enterprises

Australian SBS TV secures relicence

Mainz, June 8th, 2021

ZDF Enterprises has sold the award-winning Nordic drama, The Bridge (S1-4), to North American SVOD platform Topic. The distributor has also relicensed the entire series to Australian public broadcaster SBS TV.

The US deal, ZDF Enterprises’ first with Topic, was brokered by Yi Qiao (Director ZDFE.drama) and Jennifer Liang VP of Acquisitions at Topic, which follows another recent sale to Israel’s KAN. Launched in 2019, Topic, First Look Media’s flagship streaming service, features North American premieres, exclusive and original programming from around the world.

The Bridge, starring Sofia Helin as the inimitable Saga Norén, Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve) and Thure Lindhardt, has enjoyed huge international success. The series has not only sold globally but it has also been remade five times (UK/France, USA/Mexico, Estonia/Russia, Malaysia/Singapore and Germany/Austria).

Robert Franke, Vice President ZDFE.drama, ZDF Enterprises, said: “The Bridge is a timeless classic, a crime thriller that has captivated audiences around the world. This drama is a perfect fit for Topic who focus on acquiring high end, smart content for their viewers.”

“As part of our Summer of Suspense slate of intensely thrilling titles that enable you to become a detective in your own living room, The Bridge will keep our viewers on the edge of their seats with its superb storytelling and excellent casting“, said Ryan Chanatry, General Manager of Topic. “We’re thrilled to be the North American home of such a cult hit and share this heart-stopping noir with our discerning audience.“

Winner of two Golden Nymph Awards (Best European Drama and Best Actor in a Drama Series for Kim Bodnia), The Bridge was created and written by Hans Rosenfeldt. The drama is produced by Filmlance (Sweden) and Nimbus Film (Denmark) in co-production with ZDF, DR, SVT and ZDF Enterprises who is also the global distributor.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 and is responsible for worldwide program distribution, international co-productions, program acquisition as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for broadcaster ZDF, and for third parties. Bound into a strong group of 18 subsidiaries and affiliated companies, ZDF Enterprises manages the largest German-language program stock worldwide and an impressive portfolio of international productions, consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. ZDF Enterprises provides a comprehensive, full-service offering and covers every step in the chain of creation and exploitation of successful content, from development to production and marketing. Website:

Topic features North American premieres and programming from around the world, complemented by a diverse slate of Originals including documentaries, scripted comedies and dramas, discussion shows, and more. With exclusive TV series and films that take you to more than 40 countries, Topic showcases an unparalleled diversity of creators, perspectives, and experiences. We prioritize bold storytelling, champion underrepresented voices, and believe that entertainment should expand your view of the world.

Topic’s Originals and exclusives such as Oscar® nominee The Letter Room (starring Oscar Isaac), Lambs of God (starring Ann Dowd), BAFTA® nominee The Virtues (starring Stephen Graham), Emmy® nominee The Accidental Wolf (starring Kelli O’Hara), Dark Woods, Philly DA, and Soul City (directed by Chike & Coodie) will introduce you to unforgettable characters and emerging filmmakers.

Topic Entertainment from First Look Media, includes Topic Studios, which develops, finances, and produces content for all platforms, and our rapidly growing streaming service, Topic.

Topic is available to US and Canadian audiences on, AppleTV & iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android & Android TV, and Apple TV Channels, Roku Premium Channels, Bell Fibe, and Amazon Prime Video Channels.

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, e-mail:


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany