‘Murder’ hits Down Under

Nordisk sells format to Network Ten

AMSTERDAM — “Sensing Murder,” Nordisk Film’s paranormal TV format where clairvoyants help cops solve murders, has been licensed to Network Ten in Australia.

When it made its bow Down Under in a one-off special on Seven Network in 2003, “Sensing Murder” documented new evidence of a notorious double murder that remained unsolved after 26 years. The spec pulled in 1.5 million viewers.

While Seven decided not to go forward with the series, Ten general manager David Mott called “Sensing Murder” “the talk of the industry the next day.” “We could see the enormous potential in picking up the franchise.” Series will be produced by Aussie prodco Prime Time Prods.

MTV Mastiff Intl., a subsidiary of Scandi holding company MTV Produktion, has sold “Sensing Murder” to some 10 territories. “It indicates paranormal shows are clearly ready to break borders into new markets completely outside of the Scandinavian sphere,” said Jacob Houlind, managing director of MTV Mastiff Intl.

“Sensing Murder” is but one of a gaggle of paranormal series to come out of the Danish media landscape, most of them from MTV Mastiff’s catalog and most pulling in packs of auds.

Others from MTV Mastiff include “Sixth Sense,” “Witchcraft” and “Psychic Cafe,” while TV2’s TVZulu boasts “Clairvoyance.” Even public broadcaster DR has come out with one of its own, although producers kept tongue firmly in cheek in the spoof on “Sensing Murder” called “Sensing Cheating.”

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