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ZDF Enterprises picks the international sales rights to SVT-Nice Drama Scandi-noir series ”Thicker Than Water”

Sweden’s latest TV-drama-hit « Thicker Than Water », a dark 10 x one-hour primetime family chronicle set in the Stockholm’s archipelago, is produced by Nice Drama for SVT and YLE

Stockholm and Mainz, 20th March 2014

World-renowned for its fruitful collaboration with Scandinavian broadcasters in the field of crime thrillers and for its active role in establishing the popularity of Scandinavian “noir” around the world, ZDF Enterprises is now expanding its thematic range to include a drama series, with storylines focusing not on crime and killers, but on domestic dysfunction.

“Thicker Than Water”, a series produced by Nice Drama, one of Sweden’s leading producers and part of nice entertainment group’s pan-scandinavian group of companies, tells the story of an ageing mother who gathers her three conflicted children around her in her idyllic B&B on the Swedish coast, knowing that she is about to die. When the moment comes, her testament is read, and the siblings can’t believe what they hear: They can only inherit anything at all if they join forces to run the B&B together for one entire season.

“Thicker Than Water”, created by producer-writer Henrik Jansson-Schweizer, penned by Niklas Rockström and Morgan Jensen, and directed by Erik Leijonborg, Anders Engström and Molly Hartleb, is a Swedish-Finnish co-production, featuring a cast of some of Sweden’s and Finland’s brightest rising stars. The series achieved an average share of 29% in SVT’s drama primetime slot, mondays at 21.00 earlier this year. It has been hailed by Swedish press as a fresh and dark reboot of the so-called archipelago drama genre, a genre invented in Scandinavia almost 40 years ago.

”We are really in unknown territory here, with a rather dark story set in the idyllic backdrop of the Åland’s archipelago in summertime”, says Patrick Nebout, executive producer of the show at Nice Drama. ”Audiences have completely embraced the story and its fascinating characters from the very first episode, and validated the show’s edgy undertones. We’re thrilled to have ZDF Enterprises as a international distribution partner on this very particular and exciting drama”.

Fred Burcksen, ZDF Enterprises’ Executive Vice President and COO:”“Thicker Than Water” is the first Swedish family drama program in our catalogue. In view of our  longstanding experience in the successful marketing of Scandinavian product, we are proud to be in charge of the worldwide distribution rights for this series including remake and format rights, with the exception of a few Scandinavian rights.”


About Nice Drama
Nice Drama is a media rights company founded in 2009 by Henrik Jansson-Schweizer and Patrick Nebout. It harnesses the global marketplace to develop, finance and produce high quality international drama. Nice Drama is a part of nice entertainment group – one of the world’s leading creators, producers and distributors of TV, scripted content, commercials, events and branded content. With 28 companies in 16 countries, we have the strength to meet the high expectations from today’s clients and audiences. 

Contact Nice Drama
Patrick Nebout, Executive Producer International, Nice Drama, +46 733 65 11 67,


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


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