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HBO Europe Unleashes ‘The Pack’ in Poland

Polish original series follows Czech drama 'Burning Bush'

LONDON — HBO Europe is following its success with Agnieszka Holland’s miniseries “Burning Bush” with another original drama, thriller/drama series “Wataha” (The Pack).

The Polish-language skein, which will comprise six one-hour episodes, centers on a group of border guards patrolling the wild frontier between Poland and Ukraine in the Bieszczady mountain range. The storytelling will be similar to Scandinavian noir, Antony Root (pictured), HBO Europe’s exec VP of original programming and production, told Variety.

The production is shooting until mid-December on location in the Bieszczady region, and is scheduled to premiere on HBO Europe next year.

The series stars Leszek Lichota, Bartlomiej Topa, Magdalena Poplawska, Aleksandra Poplawska, Andrzej Zielinski and Marian Dziedziel. Episodes are directed by Michal Gazda and Kasia Adamik. Artur Kowalewski is producing for Poland’s ATM Grupa, and Izabela Lopuch is producing for HBO. 

The writers are Kamil Chomiuk, Artur Kowalewski, Maciej Maciejewski, Krzysztof Mackowski, Wojciech Miloszewski and Wiktor Piatkowski. The script consultant and co-writer is Julie Rutterford.

HBO Europe, whose cable network covers 14 countries in Eastern and Central Europe, is based in Budapest, Hungary. It produces up to 12 documentaries a year, as well as localized versions of drama series “In Treatment” and “Shall We Kiss.”

Czech-language production “Burning Bush,” which drew critical praise when it aired earlier this year, tells the story of Jan Palach, a student in Prague, who set fire to himself in January 1969 in protest against the communist regime, and the fight to protect his reputation against its propaganda.

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