GoQuest Media licensed Serbian drama Civil Servant and Czech thriller Rats to key platforms in CEE. Boths serials are being promoted at Virtual Screenings Worldwide, which continues until September 30.
TV3 Group, a leading media house in the Baltics has acquired linear and on demand rights for Go3, and Slovenian multimedia company PRO PLUS has acquired SVOD rights for its digital platform Voyo to the award-winning and gripping crime thriller Rats (6×55′). Produced by Heaven’s Gate, the bold, hard-hitting drama about the Czech drug trade is based on true stories and made in collaboration with the National Anti-Drug Centre of the Czech Republic (DEA). It was created and written by talented young Czech screenwriter Miro Šifra (Rédl) and directed by multi award-winning Viktor Tauš (Vodnik, Clownwise, Dom) of Heaven’s Gate and Matěj Chlupáček (Terapie) of Barletta Productions in association with Czech TV and MD4.
Rats is set in the evolving world of the Czech-Vietnamese meth syndicates which are led by an immigrant mafia, funded by cryptocurrency and monitored by the DEA, who have to change their traditional tactics in order to adapt to the new order. But change begets mistakes, which often cost lives and nobody wants to end up as a rat for the DEA, but David (Cyril Dobrý) didn’t have a choice. After cracking under the interrogation of Major Jan Blažek (Václav Neužil), spilling the secrets of the syndicate and betraying his best friend, becoming an informant might be his best chance to
survive. It recently won the Czech Lions (2021) and Czech Film Critics’ Awards (2021) for “Best TV Series”, has been nominated for the Golden Eye for “Best International TV Series” at the International Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) and Best TV Series at Serial Killer.
PRO PLUS has also acquired the TV and SVOD rights to Serbian Civil Servant (S01: 12×50’ & S02: 12×50’), a spy thriller produced by Telekom Srbija and Film Danas. Created and produced by Predrag Antonijevic (Savior) and directed by Miroslav Lekic and Ivan Zivkovic, Civil Servant is a gripping thriller series that follows a young, ambitious Serbian Secret Service (BIA) agent, Lazar Stanojević (played by Milan Marić, who recently received the Shooting Stars Award at Berlinale and the Chopard Talent Award at the Moscow Film Festival) as he negotiates the rules of the international spy game in the modern world. He quickly learns that all is not what it seems, and he is left fighting the distrust that he has for everything he thought to be true. Despite this, his sense of duty still makes him make dangerous decisions to try to protect his nation, his family and himself. Season three is currently in production and set to air on Superstar TV (Serbia) in Spring 2022.
Commenting on the deals Vivek Lath, CEO of GoQuest Media, said: ‘When we chose Rats and Civil Servant for our catalogue, we knew they would travel well – both are strong, universally relatable and highly entertaining stories set against some never before seen backdrops. Both series have characters suited for co-viewing and work wonderfully for a multi-screen audience. We are proud to partner with these renowned companies and bring these gripping stories to audiences in Latvia and Slovenia’.