Flemish director Hans Herbots has signed a deal to be represented by US talent agency The Gersh Agency. A number of US outfits had been courting Herbots since the success of his ambitious co-production TV series The Spiral, which recently aired simultaneously in eight European countries. Meanwhile the series has also been nominated twice for a prestigious Prix Europa and remake rights for the US market have been sold to Sony Television.

Hans HerbotsIn the US, The Spiral’s tone of voice and narrative style were highly praised. After being approached by a number of talent agencies, and holding a number of meetings in LA, Herbots finally decided to sign with The Gersh Agency, where he joins a client list including the likes of Werner Herzog and Paul Schrader. The director will be assigned two agents – one for feature projects (Frank Wulinger) and another for TV projects (Sean Barclay). Fourth Floor’s Jeff Silver is Herbots’ manager in the US.

In The Spiral an international artist community in Copenhagen gets entangled in a crime investigation when one of the artists mysteriously disappears. For the five-part series, production company Caviar worked with no fewer than seven co-production partners: Denmark (TV3), Sweden (SVT), Finland (YLE), the Netherlands (VARA), Norway (NRK), France (ARTE) and Germany (ARTE). The series has also been nominated for a Prix Europa, in the categories TV-fiction and innovative TV concepts. The series is set up as a cross-media venture which includes, among other things, an online game.

The Spiral is represented internationally by Canadian sales agent Entertainment One, which also represents TV series The Walking Dead. Sony Television has bought the remake rights of the series for the US market and has attached Jack Orman (Pan Am, E.R.) to the project as showrunner. In a next step, Sony will be on the lookout for cable networks to collaborate on the project.

Herbots is the director of features and TV series such as Falling, Long Weekend, Storm Force, Bo, The Divine Monster and Sedes & Belli.

Caviar is a production company with offices in Brussels, LA, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Prague. The company recently opened a division in New York; a joint venture with Pulse Films London, called Pulse US. Caviar has been a household name in the advertising business for years but has now evolved into a full content provider with an international reputation. They not only produce films, TV series, commercials and video clips, but also have their own high-end post-production department.

In total, Caviar has produced 13  features, including Left Bank, Bo, Madly in Love and My Queen Karo. The company also co-produced Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody and Copacabana starring Isabelle Huppert. They’re currently working as co-producer with Danish producer Zentropa on Nymphomaniac, the new film by Lars von Trier. In addition to The Spiral, Caviar also has successful series The Emperor of Taste and Clan in its portfolio.

The Spiral was made with the support of the VAF/Media Fund.

Published on Friday 26 October 2012

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