Gomorrah Writers to Lead Adaptation of the Butchers of Berlin

September 28, 2018

Connect3 Media Inc., Racine Media, and Cineflix Media Inc. have attached screenwriters Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli to lead the book-to-television adaptation of The Butchers of Berlin. 

Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli are among the writers of the critically-acclaimed crime drama Gomorrah and thriller Don’t Leave Me (Non Mi Lasciare). Fasoli and Ravagli are also currently writing ZeroZeroZero for Canal+, Sky, and Amazon.

Connect3 Media Inc. and Racine Media have secured the television rights to The Butchers of Berlin. In partnership with Cineflix Media, the companies will be developing the book into a scripted series for the international market. 

The Butchers of Berlin, written by Chris Petit, is a riveting murder mystery set in war-torn Nazi Germany 1943 and centers on the story of financial crime investigator August Schlegel, who is assigned to a homicide case and finds himself immersed in a world full of questions with no easy answers. This book is the first in a developing series following Schlegel through the plotting and paranoia of the Third Reich.

“Collaborating with the creative duo of Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli, and the forces at Racine Media and Cineflix Media to develop a premium drama series for global audiences is incredibly exciting,” said Pablo Salzman, President, Connect3. “The Butchers of Berlin is a well-paced suspenseful novel, and we look forward to combining our expertise to bring this story to life.” 

Pablo Salzman and Julien Leroux, SVP, Global Scripted Co-Productions for Cineflix Media, will be shopping the series at upcoming MIPCOM and MIA. 

The Butchers of Berlin was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster UK. Petit’s other novels include political thrillers The Psalm KillerThe Human Pool, and The Passenger – which is currently being developed as a feature film.


Notes to Editor:

Connect3 is currently working on the spy thriller, Mirage. The six-episode scripted series is an international co-production between France (Lincoln TV), Germany (Wild Bunch Germany), and Canada (Connect3) for France Télévisions and ZDF, and is created by Bénédicte Charles, Olivier Pouponneau, and Franck Philippon. Cineflix Rights has exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the series.

About Connect3 Media Inc. 
Connect3 Media collaborates with independent producers, writers, and showrunners to develop and deliver first-class television content. The company focusses on co-productions for the North American and international markets, working with independent creatives to connect their projects with the right platform and broadcast partners. Led by Pablo Salzman, Connect3 is based in Montreal and backed by Cineflix Media Inc.

About Racine Media 
Racine Media are a production and financing house based in London. They’re part-owned by the American financier, Bill Dye, and focus on TV scripted and film. Their first feature film, an adaptation of the New York Times bestselling book, George by Alex Gino, is scheduled to come out next year.

About Cineflix Media Inc. 
Cineflix Media creates, produces, and distributes popular factual and scripted content for the global market with operations in Montreal, Toronto, New York, London, and Dublin.  Producing network-defining programming per year across a wide range of genres, and with a growing catalogue of 4,600 hours, Cineflix is behind some of TV’s most highly-rated brands.

For more information, please contact:

Vanessa Marra
Cineflix Media Inc.
+1 514 576 1796

Mark Ogle
OH Communications (for Connect3)
+44 (0) 7789 981 561