NBCUniversal International Networks acquires thriller for SYFY Channel

London-based independent producer Nevision has signed an agreement to co-produce Palatin Media’s new alien invasion conspiracy-thriller series SPIDES, which has already been picked up by NBCUniversal International Networks for its SYFY Channel in Europe, Australia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Brazil for premier in late 2019.

SPIDES is written by Rainer Matsutani, Eckhard Vollmar, Peter Hume, Carola Lowitz and Mark Wachholz and produced by Katapult Filmproduktion and Red Sun Films in co-operation with Palatin Media, which also distributes the series.

Currently in production and set in modern-day Berlin, SPIDES follows Nora, played by Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Game of Thrones), a young woman who wakes from a coma without any memory of her previous life after taking a mysterious drug. Local police detective David Leonhart, played by Falk Hentschel, and his partner Nique Navar, played by Florence Kasumba (Avengers, Black Panther), are hunting down the same drug in relation to dozens of missing teens. When Nora sets out to discover what happened to her, she begins to unravel a conspiracy of aliens who are using a synthetic drug to infiltrate humans to use as host bodies. The more truth Nora uncovers, the more of her own dark secret is revealed: she is the key to the invasion she is fighting.

SPIDES also stars Damian Hardung (Name Of The Rose) as Alex; Désirée Nosbusch (Bad Banks) as Nora’s mother; Susanne Wuest (Perfume) as Dr. Bridget Herter, an ambitious Chief Neurologist at the Torsen Institute; Aleksandar Jovanovic (Tatort, Dr Who) as Robert Prokopp the tight-lipped security chief; Branko Tomovic (Homeland, 24) as Boris, a Russian mobster and Kimberly Leemans (The Walking Dead, Nashville) as Cleo, the owner of Rapture nightclub.

Rainer Matsutani (Raging Inferno, Wild Land, Over My Dead Body) is Showrunner, Writer and Director and Alexander Kiening is Producer. Nevision’s James Cabourne is Executive Producer along with Bernd Schlötterer and Wolfgang Behr. Nevision is co-producing alongside Aventin Film and Baby Giant Hollyberg.

James Cabourne, Executive Chairman at Nevision says: “The stellar cast and excellent writing and directing talent on SPIDES makes it an exciting addition to our portfolio of drama. NBCUniversal’s commitment to the show ensures it will be seen by a wide global audience and we are confident it will quickly secure a loyal fan base.”

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