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Canal+ pays top dollar for Canadian cop drama Cracked

Canal+ and 13ème Rue Universal have acquired Cracked, the Canadian cop series from the creators of The Border.

French premium programmer Canal+ and NBC Universal’s pay TV channel 13ème Rue Universal both bought the show from German-based distributor Beta Film, which is handling international sales.

The series is made by Canada’s White Pine Pictures. Canal+ will transmit the show on its new DTT channel D8.

The acquisition of Cracked to Canal+ is reported to be one of the largest broadcast license fees ever paid by a European broadcaster for an all-Canadian TV production.

“We see the series as relatable in any language or country,” said White Pine Pictures’ president, Peter Raymont. “We anticipate a strong positive response to Cracked in the European market, similar to our previous series The Border, which was broadcast in many countries internationally.”

The show follows unstable police officer partnered with a psychiatrist to solve crimes.