Warner Bros. Discovery snap up SVOD rights for ZDF Studios’ top-selling thriller The Crimson Rivers

Mainz, June 3rd, 2024

ZDF Studios has licensed the SVOD rights for all four seasons of The Crimson Rivers (32 x 50’) to Warner Bros. Discovery for French-speaking territories and Belgium. The series will launch on MAX in France and HBO MAX in Belgium on 11th June.

Set in a macabre world of gruesome criminal cases, sadistic killers, creepy rituals and mysterious incidents, The Crimson Rivers is a breathtaking series based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Author Jean-Christophe Grangé, who also penned the successful feature film adaptations including the box-office hit starring Jean Reno, is the creative force behind the gripping thriller series.

Detective Pierre Niémans and his new partner Camille Delauney investigate a series of bizarre crimes in remote regions of France. The shocking brutality of the cases, steeped in regional myths and forgotten customs, are far beyond the capacity of the local police departments.

French actor, director, screenwriter and a former policeman, Olivier Marchal stars in the lead role as Pierre Niémans. He is also the creator of the popular French television police drama Braquo. His partner is portrayed by actress and director Erika Sainte (Je suis resté dans les boisElle ne pleure pas, elle chanteThe Benefit of the Doubt). The series was written by Jean-Christophe Grangé, Alin Michel and David Neiss.

Mirela Nastase, Director Drama, ZDF Studios: “The Crimson Rivers is an exceptional thriller with its mystical touch. I’m delighted that Warner Bros. Discovery viewers will get an opportunity to watch this intriguing drama that touches on French history and beliefs grounded in local culture.”

Produced by Storia Television in co-production with MAZE PICTURES for France Télévisions and ZDF in cooperation with ZDF Studios, the drama has sold around the world. Netflix. NBC Universal, TV3 Russia, Radio Canada, SBS, GSN (Walter Presents) and FTV Prima are just a few of the broadcasters who have acquired The Crimson Rivers since it was first produced.


About Max

Max® is a streaming platform from Warner Bros. Discovery, delivering unparalleled quality content for everyone in the household. With a personalized user experience that brings unique stories ranging from the best of unscripted to the highest quality in scripted programming, Max is the destination for HBO Originals, Warner Bros. films, Max Originals, the DC universe, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as an expansive offering of kids and family content from brands such as Cartoon Network and Discovery Kids, adult animation from Adult Swim, and best-in-class programming across food, home, reality, lifestyle, and documentaries from leading brands like Discovery Channel, Discovery Home & Health, ID and more, all in one place. The platform launched in the United States in May 2023, and in 39 territories across Latin America and the Caribbean on February 27, 2024.

About ZDF Studios 

ZDF Studios is a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest TV broadcasters in Europe. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Mainz, Germany, the ZDF Studios Group operates more than 30 direct and indirect subsidiaries and affiliates in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom spanning TV production, distribution and services. The parent company, ZDF Studios, is responsible for global programme distribution, realisation of international co-productions, acquisition of licences and merchandising of successful programme brands under its own name, for ZDF and third parties. ZDF Studios has the largest German-language programme inventory in the world and a constantly growing range of international productions, consisting of series and mini-series, television films, documentaries and children's programmes. 

The companies of the ZDF Studios Group cover the entire value chain from the development of scripted and unscripted TV content to production, marketing and monetizing, including TV and streaming licences as well as merchandising and online rights. The positioning of ZDF Studios as an integrated media company enables the development of innovative, outstanding and high-quality programmes and makes the Group an attractive workplace for German and international talent to flourish in a very inspiring and creative environment.

Contact ZDF Studios
Christine Denilauler (VP Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Studios GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, E-mail: christine.denilauler@zdf-studios.com, www.zdf-studios.com