Red Arrow Studios inks deal with Universal Television for drama series ‘Einstein’
MUMBAI: Red Arrow Studios International has inked a deal with Universal Television for procedural crime drama ‘Einstein’. The US version, to be developed for NBC will be produced by Universal TV, in association with Carol Mendelsohn Productions and Intrigue Entertainment.
The show has got Matthew Reisz on board as writer and additionally as an executive producer on the series, alongside Carol Mendelsohn Productions – Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz- and Red Arrow Studio’s Jan David Frouman and Red Arrow Studio International’s Henrik Pabst and Shirley Bowers. Tariq Jalil, Joe Wiggs and Lucas Carter will co-produce for Intrigue.
The original series was commissioned by Germany’s SAT.1 and produced by Zeitsprung Pictures. The 32 x 45’ series stars Tom Beck as Felix, the great-grandson of Albert Einstein, who is forced to work with the police to solve crimes using his brilliant but eccentric mind.
A significant rating success on SAT.1 in Germany, where it ranked number one and increased the channel’s average share by over 55%, Einstein has recommissioned for a third season. The show has also sold to over 100 territories including Sony’s AXN channels in Spain and Portugal and the scripted format is being adapted in Slovenia, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Red Arrow Studios International handles global sales of the format and finished tape.
Red Arrow Studios International EVP global sales Bo Stehmeier said, “Einstein has found a huge fan-base in its home territory and overseas. We are delighted the series is now being developed for the US and we’re looking forward to seeing how our partners adapt these sharp, original scripts and characters for their domestic market.”
The show narrates the story about the youngest professor Felix to have ever taught theoretical physics at his university. Felix is a genius. However, life has its challenges: Felix is terminally ill with hereditary Huntington’s disease, and he faces a prison sentence when accused of stealing illicit stimulants to help manage his condition. He is saved from jail when the police recognize that his brilliance could help them solve some of their most complex cases and recruit him as a police consultant.
Partnered with strong, quick-witted detective Elena, Einstein sees the pair investigate a complex bank robbery which comes to light following the murder of a dog walker, the case of a suspected suicide, and uncover the truth behind the poisoning of a group of senior citizens – all using the intelligence and innovation Felix’s grandfather is famous for.