9 items from 2017
Paris — Denmark’s contribution to the European Co-production Forum at 2017’s Series Mania came in the form of the Cold War era political thriller M.A.D, short for Mutually Assured Destruction. The show is being produced by Arena Films with backing from Viaplay, the Modern Times Group’s Svod service available in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and the Baltic countries. Viaplay offers unlimited rental streaming packages with access to high-end TV, film and sports.
Representing the project in Paris were producer and co-creator Ulrik Bolt Jørgensen and lead-writer and co-creator Michael Soussan. Soussan, having worked at the United Nations, CNN, and contributed to many major news publications in the U.S., recently had his 2008 book “Backstabbing for Beginners” adapted into a feature film starring Ben Kingsley and Theo James. It is due out this fall.
Throughout the Cold War the phrase “Mutually Assured Destruction” referred to the idea that any conflict between nuclear powers would not »
- Jamie Lang
Modern Times Group punched record sales and a 15% increase in operating profits during the first quarter of this year, bolstered by its big push into premium content as well as its thriving streaming platforms Viaplay and Viafree.
Operative profits reached Sek 183 million ($20 million) while net sales were up 11% to Sek 4.2 billion ($4.7 billion) and earnings before interest and taxes rose by 22%. It was the third consecutive quarter with organic sales growth of more than 5%.
Mtg has been ramping up investments in both linear and streamed entertainment products. The company for instance launched Viafree in Sweden, Norway and Denmark last year. The video streaming service is dedicated to Mtg’s content from free-to-air channels and original productions exclusive to Viafree.
Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, Mtg’s president and CEO, said the group’s development and production roster included 50 drama series. Viaplay just commissioned its first original Icelandic show, “Stella Blómkvist,” a thriller which will be directed by “Trapped” helmer Óskar »
- Elsa Keslassy
Hundreds of fans — young and old — dressed as the comedian’s “Tramp” and gathered at his former home in Switzerland, where Chaplin lived for 25 years until his death in 1977.
According to Chaplin’s World museum, 662 people — sporting mustaches, canes, black bowler hats, and black suits — congregated at the Manoir de Ban in Corsier-sur-Vevey near Lake Geneva on Sunday, which also marked the museum’s one-year anniversary. “We did it! 662 people dressed as the Tramp are gathering to celebrate our first anniversary. #IamPartoftheLegend #ChaplinsWorld,” the museum’s Twitter account tweeted.
We did it! 662 people dressed as the Tramp are gathering to celebrate our first anniversary. #IamPartoftheLegend #ChaplinsWorld pic.twitter.com/pAD7pDq7nT
— Chaplin's World (@chaplins_world) April 16, 2017
The assembled men, women, and children stood in »
- Maane Khatchatourian
This documentary for the reality TV generation offered plenty of tension, but little insight into the lives of the black-cab hopefuls
In 1996, the Modern Times strand on BBC2 produced a captivating, hour-long film about the students and teachers of the Knowledge, the rigorous test passed by London’s official cabbies before they can start picking up passengers. Streetwise, directed by Mark Phillips, described the gruelling course of map study and the motives and backstories of the participants and probed the personalities of the feared inspectors to find out what made them tick – armed only with traditional cameras and the director’s considerable imagination. Phillips was endlessly inventive, using the sound and vision mixer’s skills to achieve something that, at times, came close to poetry.
- Julia Raeside
Mtg’s off-beat Nordic series set in the world of adult movies premiered at Miptv.
UK-based worldwide content distributor Drg has taken on sales of Nordic thriller Veni Vidi Vici, about a washed-up arthouse film director who gets caught up in the world of porn.
It is the latest Nordic series with international ambitions from Swedish production and distribution outfit Mtg Studios.
In the 10-part series Veni Vidi Vici, Danish actor Thomas Bo Larsen stars as pretentious film director Karsten Daugaard who agrees to direct a porn movie after his latest arthouse romance flops at the box office.
The decision introduces Karsten to the murky world of adult entertainment and will »
Swedish production company Sf Studios is teaming with A Man Called Ove producer Niklas Wikström Nicastro for a new big-budget drama series called Alex with Easy Money actor Dragomir Mrsic tapped to star. Sf Studios, which created the Easy Money trilogy, will jointly produce the 6×44' Swedish-language thriller with Nevision. It will premiere on Modern Times Group-owned VOD service Viaplay in Spring 2018. Niklas Rockström (Before We Die) and Michael Hjorth (Sebastian Bergman… »
Owned by Sweden’s Modern Times Group – a leading international digital entertainment corporation headquartered in Stockholm – Scandinavian Svod service Viaplay Nordic has presented a line-up of 17 new TV films and series at the at 40th Göteborg Film Festival.
The roster came as Viaplay program director Fredrik Ljungberg re-confirmed that Viaplay, though it only moved into original production two years, has the ambition of becoming “the Nordic leader of scripted content.”
“Our strategy is to push hard on original content, primarily Nordic, or with a Nordic connection, without a slide in the quality of the works,” stated Ljungberg, programme director for Viaplay & Viasat Nordic since October 2014.
Just announced for the fall is “The Lawyer”, a Swedish Sf Studios production for Viaplay-TV3, sold in terantionally by Studiocanal, and based on an original concept by Jens Lapidus, “The Bridge” creator Hans Rosenfeldt and Michael Hjorth. Principal production for the 10 part series will begin »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
“We were early introducing TV drama into the Göteborg program, so this year’s Game Changers and Creators is the eleventh time the festival is dedicating a two-day seminar to this part of the industry,” said head of industry, Cia Edström, of the Göteborg International Film Festival, who has organised the program with Finnish-Swedish film critic and TV presenter Andrea Reuter.
“From the beginning we have had a special interest in screenplays, so we will introduce a large number of upcoming TV series from the Nordic production companies, as well, commented Edström, who has been working for the festival since 2004. She added that – as the title says – the seminar will also highlight new commissioners, what stories they are looking for, their strategies and how they stitch together a budget in today’s drama landscape.
One changers/creator opens events: U.S.-French former senior vp at HBO, Anne Thomopoulos, who »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
That time of the week has rolled around once again to find the latest batch of Xbox Live Deals with Gold. The weekly offers are exclusive to Xbox Live Gold subscribers and last a full 7 days before resetting every Tuesday. The list is published by non other than Major Nelson (Larry Hyrb) on his personal blog site.
This week has Xbox One focus on Rock Band content while the Xbox 360 has more strategic games lined up for potential buyers with a selection of Tropico titles.
Xbox One Deals Content Title Content Type Discount Binaries Xbox One Game 50% Castles Xbox One Game 25% Earthlock: Festival of Magic Xbox One Game 33% Fortified Xbox One Game 50% Ginger: Beyond the Crystal Xbox One Game 25% Just Sing Xbox One Game 50% Mantis Burn Racing Xbox One Game 33% Rock Band 4 Rivals Bundle Xbox One Game 30% Rock Band 4 – American Idiot (Album) Add-On 30% Rock Band 4 – Blink-182 Pack 02 Add-On 30% Rock Band »
- Calum Petrie
9 items from 2017
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