ZDF Enterprises launches Distribution of Acorn TV’s Drama QUEENS OF MYSTERY
Distribution Agreement marks second cooperation with Acorn Media Enterprises after LONDON KILLS
MIPTV/Cannes and Mainz, April, 11th, 2019
ZDF Enterprises will take on the worldwide distribution of British drama series QUEENS OF MYSTERY (3x90’ or 6x45’) outside English-speaking territories handled by Acorn Media International. This agreement marks the second cooperation of ZDF Enterprises and Acorn Media Enterprises, Acorn TV’s UK-based development division, after the distribution contract on the drama series LONDON KILLS, written by Paul Marquess, Sarah-Louise Hawkins, Jake Riddell, Sally Tatchell (Skins), and Claire Fryer, which has recently been picked up by the BBC.
Acorn Media Enterprises, had commissioned QUEENS OF MYSTERY from Sly Fox Productions in association with Ferncroft Media for Acorn TV, North America’s largest streaming service for British and international television. Created for television by writer Julian Unthank (Doc Martin, New Tricks), the first series of QUEENS OF MYSTERY has already made its North American premiere as an Acorn TV Original. The U.S. launch was accompanied with recommendations by the Sunday New York Times and Sunday Los Angeles Times (‘a surefire crowd-pleaser: a cheery mystery series’), as well as Woman’s World Magazine and News Talk Florida (“a masterpiece… The storyline is very fun, the acting is brilliant, and it is the most original mystery series that I have seen in years.”).
QUEENS OF MYSTERY follows a perennially single female Detective Sergeant (Matilda Stone) and her three aunts (Cat, Beth and Jane), who are well-known crime writers that help her solve whodunit style murders as well as set her up on blind dates. In addition to her weekly murder investigations, Mattie is also preoccupied by the fact that her mother Eleanor disappeared without a trace when Mattie was three. The continuing mystery of Eleanor’s disappearance will haunt the central characters throughout forthcoming seasons.
Noted theatre and television actress Olivia Vinall (The Woman in White, Apple Tree Yard, Maigret) stars as Matilda Stone, while her aunts are played by Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle, Shetland) as her rebellious Aunt Cat; Sarah Woodward (The Politician’s Husband, New Blood) as her motherly Aunt Beth; and Siobhan Redmond (Alfresco, Between the Lines) as book smart Aunt Jane. They are joined by Andrew Leung (Doctor Who) as the dashing Dr. Daniel Lynch; Rebecca Grant (Doctors, Holby City) as Daniel’s mean-spirited girlfriend Natasha; Michael Elcock as Police Constable Terry Foster who has long been in love with Matilda; and Martin Trenaman (The Inbetweeners) as the dry Inspector Derek Throne. Lead director of the series is Ian Emes (Deadly Summer, The Invisible Man).
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.
Acorn Media Enterprises, RLJ Entertainment’s and Acorn TV‘s UK development arm, commissions, co-produces and develops new programs and owns hit TV series Foyle’s War and 64% of Agatha Christie Limited. AME has commissioned three series – Agatha Raisin Series 2, London Kills and Queens of Mystery¸ as well as co-produced several more, including Striking Out, Keeping Faith, Blood, Sando, Finding Joy, Pitching In, among others. RLJ Entertainment is a privately owned subsidiary of AMC Networks.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org , www.zdf-enterprises.de