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ZDF Studios boards Irish thriller Clean Sweep; set to premiere on Sundance Now and RTÉ
27 Jul 2022 : Nathan
Barry Ward in Clean Sweep.
ZDF Studios has secured international distribution rights to Clean Sweep (6 x 52’), a new thriller drama set to premiere on Sundance Now in the US and RTÉ in Ireland.

The series is being co-produced in Ireland, by Ireland’s ShinAwiL (Dancing with the Stars Ireland, Miss Scarlet and the Duke) and Canada’s Incendo (Be Mine Valentine, Terror Train).

Speaking about the acquisition, Yi Qiao, Director of Drama at ZDF Studios said: “Clean Sweep is a binge-worthy addition to our growing slate of English language productions. Irish content has significantly gained in importance in the international market so we are proud to partner in this production, a thriller full of twists and turns that will captivate audiences worldwide.”

Clean Sweep is created by Gary Tieche, who has written on Preacher for AMC, I Know What You Did Last Summer for Amazon, as well as worked on Medium for CBS. The award-winning Irish actress Charlene McKenna (BloodlandsPeaky BlindersVienna Blood) stars in the lead role as Shelly Mohan, a housewife, mother of three, married to a Garda detective played by Barry Ward (Jimmy's HallBlood Cells), who kills her former partner-in-crime when he threatens to expose her dark past.

With her unsuspecting husband hunting for the killer, Shelly must cope with pressures of the tightening noose as well as continue caring for an ailing son, her unfaithful husband and all usual burdens of motherhood. Inspired by true events, it is a compelling and relentless story of mothering and the price paid for long-buried sins.

“When we first read Gary’s script we knew this was a story for a global audience, a classic “who done it?” that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. ShinAwiL are delighted to partner with Incendo and ZDF Studios in delivering this exciting modern thriller,” said Larry Bass, CEO ShinAwiL and Executive Producer. “From the time RTÉ first boarded Clean Sweep, we have been looking to find the best distributor to take this story to the world, we look forward to working with ZDF Studios on making this a global success.”

Shannon Cooper, Vice President of Programming for Sundance Now said: “Clean Sweep radiates elevated, smart writing, brought to life by an incredible cast led by Charlene McKenna.This gripping drama is sure to have audiences on the edge of their seats. We’re thankful to Element 8 Entertainment for bringing us into the fold, and elated to debut the series on Sundance Now.”

Dermot Horan, Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for RTÉ : “Clean Sweep is a compelling thriller with a rich backdrop of strong Irish characters and the unique Irish landscape. RTÉ believes it will attract a very large audience on RTÉ One and on the RTÉ Player, but that the story will be equally attractive to an international audience. As such we are delighted to be working with such a great range of partners - Incendo, Sundance Now, ZDF Studios and of course Shinawil, one of Ireland's most renowned production companies.“

Clean Sweep is written by Gary Tieche alongside Francesca Harris in Ireland. Executive Producers include Patty Lenahan Ishimoto, Larry Bass, Aaron Farrell, Mary Callery, Jin Ishimoto, Harvey Myman, Gary Tieche (ShinAwiL); David Crean and Dermot Horan for RTÉ; Shannon Cooper (Sundance Now); Graham Ludlow, Jean-Philippe Normandeau and Shari Segal (Incendo). Ronan Burke (Harry Wild) will direct.

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