London-based content distributor Digital Rights Group (DRG) has unveiled a deal for the six-hour true crime series The Oslo Killing, to be co-produced with AMC’s premium SVOD service Sundance Now and Discovery Channel Norway, in association with Norwegian prodco Monster.
The series tells the story of Anni Nielson Iranzo, who was murdered in her home in Oslo, Norway, in 1974. The brutality of the crime led authorities to suspect a male killer, with Iranzo’s husband, a Spanish diplomat with shady connections, as the lead suspect. But Iranzo’s four-year-old daughter, the only witness to the crime, told police she saw a woman attacking her mother, pointing the investigation towards Iranzo’s husband’s mistress, Minna Treadwell Thompson.
After four decades and an investigation that spanned as many countries, Thompson has remained free, with Norwegian police unable to secure extradition. The Oslo Killing follows Iranzo’s daughter’s ongoing search for answers — and justice.
The series is currently in production in four countries with Monster and is directed by Ingrid Wevang. The Oslo Killing will premiere in 2019 on Sundance Now in North America, the UK, Ireland and German-speaking Europe.
“Monster excels within this genre and in terms of story arc, dramatic revelations and production values this series will sit right up there with the very best and most compelling true crime documentaries of recent years,” said Elin Thomas, DRG’s EVP of sales, in a statement. “It’s a big and important story so we are delighted that Sundance has come onboard as co-producer. Not only does this deal give the series a perfect premiere platform in key territories, but the Sundance involvement will further endorse this series as ‘one to watch.’”
“This extraordinary true story is packed with fascinating characters, political intrigue, jealousy, revenge and, at its core, the heartbreaking story of a woman trying to seek justice for her mother’s murder more than 40 years later,” added Jan Diedrichsen, GM of SundanceTV and Sundance Now.