Nine Network has picked up another New Zealand drama, Brokenwood Mysteries.
The 4 x 120’ drama stars Neill Rea as a city cop who escapes his fast-paced urban life to solve crimes in the rural backwater of Brokenwood. But, as he watches over the quiet, community-spirited country town alongside local partner DC Kristin Simms (Fern Sutherland), Shepherd soon finds that beneath its peaceful veneer, buried secrets, treacherous lies and murder are curiously at home in Brokenwood.
Brokenwood Mysteries comes from the producers of The Almighty Johnsons and Outrageous Fortune. It has also been sold to France, Russia, Denmark and Ukraine.
Peter Grant all3media International, who negotiated the Australian deal said, “all3media International has succeeded in establishing an impressive portfolio of detective drama – a genre which continues to be very popular in the international market. With South Pacific’s new addition to the roster – and with a second series of Brokenwood already confirmed – we are confident Brokenwood Mysteries will become a firm favourite with global audiences.”
In 2013 51% of the first release Australian drama on the Nine Network was from New Zealand, compared with 7% for Seven Network and 4% for Network TEN. Nine played almost all its NZ dramas on its multichannels GO! and GEM which can now count first-run drama towards its overall content quotas for the first time.
Under the Australia-NZ Economic Trade Agreement, NZ content be claimed as “local content” despite the move being criticised by unions some years ago.