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NENT UK ventures into Dead Lands

The Dead Lands was commissioned by TVNZ

The UK arm of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) Studios has acquired distribution rights to New Zealand drama series The Dead Lands, marking its first acquisition since the recent incorporation and rebranding of DRG.

The eight-part fantasy action thriller is set in a mythical New Zealand in a time before time. It tells the story of a dishonoured warrior whose ancestors in the afterlife send him back to the world after his death to find redemption and honour.

The 8×60’ series was commissioned by TVNZ in New Zealand and AMC’s Shudder SVoD service in the US. Co-created by Glenn Standring and Matthew Metcalfe, it is produced by New Zealand’s GFC Films.

NENT Studios UK has acquired the rights from GFC Films, which reclaimed the rights from Kew Media Distribution after that company collapsed into administration in February.

In April, Richard Halliwell was promoted to CEO of NENT Studios UK, replacing Jakob Mejlhede Andersen, who left the company in February. Halliwell was previously CEO of NENT-owned UK distributor DRG, which was incorporated into NENT Studios UK and rebranded under the same banner at the same time as his promotion.

Dave Clarke, NENT Studios UK’s exec VP of content, said: “The Dead Lands is a unique new series, combining brilliant action-adventure and mythical Maori culture with stunning locations and more than a touch of humour.

“It presents a totally fresh take on the popular ‘undead’ and ‘quest’ genres and, judging by its initial reviews, is destined to be an international hit, especially with young-adult audiences.”

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