While New Zealand typically spends much of its time reproducing local versions of foreign franchises like Got Talent, X Factor and Masterchef, it’s great to see some of our drama being given the same treatment in other parts of the world.
Wellington’s KHF Media are delighted to announce an agreement that sees their Emmy® award winning drama series Reservoir Hill being remade in Sweden for SVT, Sweden’s biggest broadcasting network.
Reservoir Hill, a dark teen thriller that first aired on TVNZ’s Ondemand channel and later on TV2, has been acquired by ART89 to be remade with a totally Swedish cast and shot in locations around Stockholm and in the north of Sweden.
David Stubbs, co‐creator of Reservoir Hill said; “We’re thrilled that ART89 have been attracted to the story, the characters and all the sinister twists and turns. It really proves the show has universal appeal.”
“This is a truly exciting development” said co‐creator Thomas Robins. “We have been working with the Swedish production team and they’re genuine fans of our web series and are determined that their version will be faithful to the themes and mood of the New Zealand original.”
“We are very excited about doing a Swedish remake of Reservoir Hill. Sweden is a mature market when it comes to consuming online content with SVT being in the forefront delivering drama in this format.” said Tomas Åkerstedt, Producer at ART89 in Stockholm.
With a movie version of Reservoir Hill in early development with NZ Film Commission, the future prospects for KHF’s flagship property look bright. Shane Lowe, Senior Sales Consultant for UK and US sales agents DLTRaydar Rights says: “Reservoir Hill is a superb scripted short form thriller with potential to be a huge global brand. I can’t wait to see the Swedish version, the first fruits of many conversations we’re having with international producers and broadcasters.”
Reservoir Hill was made with funding from NZ On Air. David Stubbs said “We wouldn’t have been able to make this without both NZ On Air’s support and TVNZ’s enthusiasm for the project.”
“NZ On Air is delighted to see the ongoing success of Reservoir Hill. The show was leading edge when it was first made and it continues to break new ground.” said NZ On Air Digital Strategist Brenda Leeuwenberg.