Elite unit skein 'Crossing Lines' to shoot in Europe

BERLIN — Former “Criminal Minds” showrunner Ed Bernero is teaming up with Munich-based Tandem Communications on a new one-hour action crime series set in Europe.

Crossing Lines” follows a broken New York detective who finds unlikely redemption when an ex-colleague convinces him to join an elite unit of younger cops to hunt down Europe’s most brutal criminals.

Spanning both sides of the Pond, the show will be set in Amsterdam and shoot in Europe, with the story focusing on criminal cases that cross the continent’s borders.

Bernero, who is coming off six seasons of CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” is an ex-Chicago cop who co-created NBC’s “Third Watch” as well as the short-lived “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.” He is also overseeing “The Punisher,” ABC Studios’ procedural take on the Marvel comic that sold to Fox last year.

“Some of my favorite television shows are coming from the EU right now,” said Bernero. “As storytelling becomes more global, it’s extremely exciting to team up with a company of the caliber of Tandem that truly understands how to create content with widely diverse stories, locales and internationally-renowned casts that appeal to broad audiences worldwide.”

Tandem will be presenting the show at the Mip TV programming mart in Cannes next month.

“Crossing Lines” is Tandem’s first major project since its acquisition by pan-European entertainment giant Studiocanal in January.

Tandem co-topper Rola Bauer said the strategic partnership with Studiocanal has allowed Tandem “to move faster and expedite the greenlighting process” on productions.

The company’s recent and current productions include the Ken Follett TV miniseries adaptation, “The Pillars of the Earth,” this year’s follow-up “World Without End,” and “Labyrinth,” based on Kate Mosse’s bestseller about an ancient quest for the Holy Grail — all of which were produced with Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free, one of Tandem’s regular partners.

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