ZDF Enterprises secures distribution rights for Sherlock: The Russian Chronicles

ZDF Enterprises announces that it has acquired the global distribution rights (excluding Russia and CIS but including the Baltics and Ukraine) to Sherlock: The Russian Chronicles (8 x 52’ HD), a START original series produced by START and SREDA in Russia.

The deal for the first Russian-produced series in ZDF Enterprises’ drama catalogue was brokered by Mirela Nastase, Director ZDFE.drama, ZDF Enterprises. The eight-part mystery thriller originally premiered in Russia on the subscription-based streaming service START in 2020 and made its linear debut on TNT earlier this year.

Sherlock: The Russian Chronicles follows the esteemed detective from London to St Petersburg as he hunts down a suspected serial killer, the infamous Jack the Ripper. The drama unfolds in stunning locations in 19th century Russia, with new characters Dr Kartsev and Sophia joining Sherlock to solve a series of mysterious cases.

Robert Franke, VP ZDFE.drama, ZDF Enterprises, said: ‘Fans of the world’s most famous private investigator are in for a real treat with this Russian spin on Sherlock. START has a reputation for producing high-end drama and this series delivers on all fronts: a great script, top acting talent and beautifully filmed. We are extremely pleased to work with the Russian team and are convinced there will be many more exciting projects to come’.

Daria Bondarenko, EVP Sales and Acquisitions, Yellow, Black and White and START added: ‘Taking an iconic British figure to Russia has enabled us to bring some totally new ideas to the wonderful and captivating world of Sherlock Holmes and we are very much looking forward to seeing Sherlock travel further abroad with ZDF Enterprises’.

Sherlock: The Russian Chronicles was written by Oleg Malovichko and directed by Nurbek Egen. Prior to ZDF Enterprises acquiring the licensing rights, the series was sold by START to Japan’s NHK Enterprises for the AXN Mystery channel.