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Rainmaker takes Professionals to market

New international distributor Rainmaker Content has picked up Viaplay drama series Professionals, it’s first collaboration with Munich-based studio Leonine.

Graham Begg

Rainmaker, launched in June 2020 by former Kew Media execs Greg Phillips, Graham Begg and Vicky Ryan, will launch the 10-part action series at the digital version of Mipcom next month.

With anchor broadcaster Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) ready to premiere the series across the Nordic region on Viaplay, Professionals has already secured a number of pre-sales. These include German broadcaster RTLZWEI taking free TV rights and TNT licensing German pay TV rights.

The series, which is an official Ireland-South Africa coproduction, features an international ensemble cast including Brendan Fraser and Elena Anaya. Set against a backdrop of international espionage and corporate sabotage in the 21st century’s privately funded space race, Professionals also stars Tom Welling as a hardened former counterintelligence officer.

After their advanced medical satellite explodes on deployment, billionaire futurist Peter Swann (Fraser) and his fiancée, medical visionary Dr Graciela ‘Grace’ Davila (Anaya), turn to Corbo, who assembles a team of experienced professionals to investigate the incident.

The series was created by Jeff Most and Michael Colleary and is a production of Most Media, Subotica, Spier Films and Roadside Attractions in association with Jeff Most Productions, Leonine, NENT Group and the South African Industrial Development Corporation.

Leonine was formed in 2019 from the merger of Tele München Group, Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film. W&B TV joined the group earlier this year after being acquired from Endemol Shine Group and the company’s founders, Wiedemann and Berg.

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