Co-producer and distributor About Premium Content secured the Sundance deal for the Zodiak Finland-produced show, alongside other sales in territories including Australia (SBS), Central and Eastern Europe (Viasat World’s Epic Drama Channel) and Spain (Sundance TV).
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Shadow Lines was commissioned by Finnish streamer Elisa Viihde and a second season is now in development. It is written by mother and daughter team Kirsti Manninen and Katri Manninen and directed by AJ Annila and Alli Haapasalo.
The Finnish, English and Russian language drama is set in 1950s Helsinki, where the KGB and CIA battled for control of Finland. It centers on Helena, a student who returns home from America and is recruited by her godfather to help stop the U.S. and Russia meddling in the Finnish presidential election and maintaining the country’s independence.
Shannon Cooper, vice president of programming at Sundance Now, said: “With its riveting script and fascinating historical setting, Shadow Lines will make an excellent addition to Sundance Now’s slate of high-quality dramas.”