NBC Universal has picked up scripted thriller The Sounds for its thriller channel 13ÈME RUE in France. The eight-part series is a co-production from New Zealand's South Pacific Pictures and Canada's Shaftesbury, with US streamer Acorn, Canadian pubcaster CBC and Sky TV in New Zealand.

Written by Kiwi writer Sarah-Kate Lynch (The Bad Seed, 800 Words), the series is set in New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds and stars Rachelle Lefevre (Proven Innocent, Mary Kills People) and Matt Whelan (Go Girls, The Luminaries).

All3Media International is shopping the series, which will premiere in France in January.

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