ORF Crime-Series “Janus” set for US Remake

Vienna, October 5th 2015

ORF's (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) thrilling crime series "JANUS" is supposed to air in the US - a pilot script has been ordered by US network ABC.

Image (from left to right): William Douglas (Paradigm), Marion Camus-Oberdorfer (ORF-Enterprise), Matthew Gross (EuropaCorp), Beatrice Cox-Riesenfelder (ORF-Enterprise), Edouard de Vesinne (EuropaCorp), Johannes Stanek (ORF-Enterprise), Matthieu Thollin (EuropaCorp), Steve Wohl (Paradigm)

EuropaCorp TV Studios USA picked up the scripted format rights of ORF successful series "JANUS", written by the young, innovative Austrian writers duo Jacob Groll and Sarah Wassermair.

ABC has ordered a script plus penalty for the psychological thriller from EuropaCorp
U.S. talent agency Paradigm with Steve Wohl, Head of Worldwide Alternative Programming facilitated the rights deal.

Kevin O'Hare, who has written pilots for ABC and SyFy, is adapting the format and writing the pilot. Thor Freudenthal, who directed the hit movie PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS and episodes of ARROW, THE FLASH, QUANTICO and SUPERGIRL is attached to Direct and Co-Executive Produce the pilot. Matthew Gross (BODY OF PROOF, DIRTY SEXY MONEY, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE), Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros will Executive Produce.

The thrilling crime series JANUS centers on the forensic psychologist Dr. Leo Benedict whose world is the minds of mentally deranged criminals. When Leo looks into a series of mysterious suicides, he stumbles across the shadowy pharmaceutical company Janus and is stunned when he discovers what is actually behind the suicides.

About ORF-Enterprise Gmbh:
ORF-Enterprise is a 100% affiliate of ORF, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. With its department Content Sales International, ORF-Enterprise's core business is international sales of TV-, VOD-,DVD- and footage rights. The business sector of Content Sales International is responsible for the world-wide sale of TV productions by ORF (Austrian Broadcasting) and Austrian producers, marketed with the archive of ORF TV material. Among the clients of the ORF enterprise in this business sector are leading international media companies such as ARD, ZDF (1st and 2nd German Television), BBC, France Television, National Geographic and Discovery Channels, also Video on Demand platforms such as Hulu, Amazon, Maxdome, Flimmit, DVD marketing firms and advertising and film production companies.

About Paradigm:
Since its founding in 1992, Paradigm has established itself as a leading entertainment talent agency, guiding the careers of an elite roster of actors, musical artists, directors, writers and producers. Led by chairman Sam Gores, the agency has carved out a distinctive niche in the entertainment landscape and earned a reputation for putting artists' interests above all else

About Europacorp:
EuropaCorp is one of the major feature film producers in France and Europe, headquartered in Saint-Denis near Paris-and one of only a few fully integrated independent studios that both produces and distributes feature films. Founded in 1999, EuropaCorp's activities include production, theatrical distribution, home entertainment, VOD, international distribution and sales, French TV Sales, partnerships and licenses, original soundtrack production, publishing and exhibition. EuropaCorp's integrated financial model generates revenues from a wide range of sources, with films from many genres and a strong presence in the international markets.

For more information feel free to contact:
Ms. Kordula Prenner: kordula.prenner@orf.at


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