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Viaplay Owner Nordic Entertainment Group Eyes U.S. Division Following Picturestart Investment & Corporate Restructure

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Nordic Entertainment Group (Nent), the company behind growing Scandinavian Svod service Viaplay, is planning to launch a U.S. division following its investment in Erik Feig’s Picturestart.

This comes after the company unveiled a major management restructure across its business.

Nent Studios Us is being established following Nent Group’s strategic investment in Feig’s production and financing vehicle Picturestart in May. It is in the process of hiring a CEO. Nent was one of the initial backers of the venture alongside Warner Bros, Scholastic and Endeavor Content.

Nent has been attracting international attention for its raft of originals with Hollywood stars. Earlier this week, it commissioned Swedish-Norwegian action thriller The Machinery featuring The Revenant and Mission: Impossible – Fallout star Kristoffer Joner, while Brendan Fraser is to star in The Professionals, a loose remake of the Christian Slater-fronted action movie Soldiers of Fortune for the platform, and Shades of Blue
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‘The Revenant’ Star Kristoffer Joner To Front Nordic Action Thriller ‘The Machinery’ For Svod Viaplay

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‘The Revenant’ Star Kristoffer Joner To Front Nordic Action Thriller ‘The Machinery’ For Svod Viaplay
The Revenant and Mission: Impossible – Fallout star Kristoffer Joner is to front Swedish-Norwegian action thriller The Machinery for Svod service Viaplay.

The Nordic Entertainment Group-backed streaming service has ordered the eight-part series, to debut in 2020.

It is the latest original for the company, which is rapidly ramping up its slate of originals with A-list talent. In May, Deadline revealed that Brendan Fraser is to star in The Professionals, a loose remake of the Christian Slater-fronted action movie Soldiers of Fortune for the platform, and in March it signed up Shades of Blue creator Adi Hasak to create Margeaux, an international drama about the Munich Olympic massacre.

In The Machinery, Joner plays family man Olle, who wakes up on a ferry between Sweden and Norway with no memory of how he got there. What happened? Why is there a gun, a balaclava and a suitcase full of cash next to him?
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MGM, NBCUniversal Strike New Nordic Film and TV Deals With Nent

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Nordic TV player Nent has inked new deals with MGM and NBCUniversal that guarantee it a raft of their content for its Viasat and Viaplay services. The MGM deal covers the James Bond catalogue as well as the upcoming “Bond 25,” and also gives Nent local rights to the studio’s upcoming TV series “Perpetual Grace” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

MGM will also co-produce three original series with Nent and distribute them internationally. The pair already had a programming deal, but it mostly covered older series. The new agreement hands Nent new MGM movies in the first pay-tv window.

“Partnerships are at the heart of our vision to become the leading Nordic streaming service provider and content producer with a global appeal,” said Anders Jensen, Nent Group CEO. “Our cooperation secures some of the world’s most attractive films and series for Nent Group’s customers, while giving
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‘Shades of Blue’ Creator Adi Hasak Teams With Scandinavian Svod Viaplay & Kew Media On Munich Massacre Drama Series

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‘Shades of Blue’ Creator Adi Hasak Teams With Scandinavian Svod Viaplay & Kew Media On Munich Massacre Drama Series
Exclusive: Shades of Blue creator Adi Hasak has a new series. Margeaux, an international drama about the Munich Olympic massacre, hails from Scandinavian Svod service Viaplay and Leaving Neverland distributor Kew Media.

The drama is told from the point of view of an Israeli Mossad psychologist as well as the Palestinian co-ordinator behind the attack. The series will be produced in multiple languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, English and German.

Margeaux, which is set to set production this fall, is the latest straight-to-series order for the Netherlands-born, Israeli-raised Hasak. It follows the Jennifer Lopez-fronted cop drama Shades of Blue, which ran for three seasons on NBC, as well as Hasak’s adaptation of Norwegian crime thriller Øyevitne as Eyewitness for USA Network. He is also developing a U.S. remake of German drama The Last Cop with Red Arrow Studios International and Universal Television. Additionally, Hasak has teamed up with Dynamic TV for a U.
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Top TV Writers Take Stage in Berlin to Sound Off on Industry Trends

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Top TV Writers Take Stage in Berlin to Sound Off on Industry Trends
Berlin — The international boom in prestige TV has put a spotlight on the industry’s top writing talents, yet many screenwriters still struggle to break out of the writers’ room and into the business.

At a packed afternoon session on day two of the Berlinale’s Drama Series Days, Adi Hasak and Anna Winger (“Deutschland 83/86”) discussed starting their own businesses, collaborating with studios, networks, and streaming services, and keeping control of their IP as they develop projects from scratch to screen.

“The whole idea of showrunning…is very different from just writing it,” said Winger. “There are so many parts to it: How to make something, how to make it with the budget that you have, how to make it with the people you’re working with, how to take something that’s in your head and execute it

She continued: “It really takes a village to make a TV show.
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Mipcom 2018: Digital Buyers, Drama & Consolidation Chat Dominate Cannes As Star-Studded TV Fest Comes To A Close

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Mipcom 2018: Digital Buyers, Drama & Consolidation Chat Dominate Cannes As Star-Studded TV Fest Comes To A Close
There was certainly a buzz in the air at this week’s Mipcom. The market felt genuinely busy and a raft of A-list talent such as Ben Stiller, Issa Rae and Jenna Coleman gave it a spark of glamor. Some 13,800 delegates, including 4,800 buyers from 110 countries attended the international television market, which was dominated by chatter about the growth of digital buyers and the “never-ending” drama boom as well as concerns over what media consolidation means for the global market (as well as traditional complaints about the rain and the airport-style security).

Endeavor boss Ari Emanuel talked up his plans to acquire more content companies, Insecure star Rae discussed the importance of diverse storytellers, while joking that even “white people are tired of seeing white-people shows” and Facebook made a splash with the news that it was rebooting The Real World online.

NBC Universal was conspicuous in Cannes thanks to its
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‘Shades Of Blue’ Creator Developing German Series ‘The Last Cop’ For U.S.

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‘Shades Of Blue’ Creator Developing German Series ‘The Last Cop’ For U.S.
Shades of Blue creator Adi Hasak is teaming with Red Arrow Studios International and Universal Television to develop a U.S. version of popular German series The Last Cop (Der Letzte Bulle), under his Adi TV Studios banner.

Hasak will write the pilot script and serve as executive producer and showrunner. Dean Parisot, who directed last year’s NBC hit Good Girls, will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer. Philipp Steffens also executive produces with Red Arrow Studios International’s Jan David Frouman and Shirley Bowers.

The Last Cop tells the story of Mick Briggs, an alpha male detective, who wakes up from a 25-year coma and struggles to find his identity as a man, husband and father in a world he neither recognizes nor understands.

The award-winning series was originally written and developed by Robert Dannenberg and Stefan Scheich and created and produced by ITV Studios Germany for Sat.
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‘Shades Of Blue’ Series Finale Review: JLo NYPD Drama Fails Clutch Test In The End

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‘Shades Of Blue’ Series Finale Review: JLo NYPD Drama Fails Clutch Test In The End
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight’s Shades of Blue series finale.

“You’ve got all your tomorrows lined up,” Ray Liotta’s on the run NYPD Lt. Matt Wozniak unintentionally ironically reassured his Jennifer Lopez played protégée Det. Harlee Santos tonight on the Season 3 ender and series finale of Shades of Blue.

While a Goodfellas alum led spinoff for the low rated cliché filled corrupt cop drama could feasibly be launched off the close of Shades, the fact is unless World of Dance judge JLo is looking to crossover to the next season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, the NBC show’s tomorrows will thankfully be no more.

Oddly, with months to finesse things since the end of the series was announced in April and the “By Virtue Fall” episode that just aired, Shades of Blue failed the clutch test. Full of courtroom drama
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Jennifer Lopez Fosters New Generations Of Talent With ‘World Of Dance’

Jennifer Lopez Fosters New Generations Of Talent With ‘World Of Dance’
Since inking a first-look deal with NBCUniversal in 2013, Jennifer Lopez has found a strong collaborative partner that has taken her TV career to new heights.

Taking on the dramatic front over the past several years with crime drama Shades of Blue, in which she stars opposite Ray Liotta, Lopez has Bye Bye Birdie Live! on the horizon as the Adi Hasak-created cop series comes to an end and her Las Vegas residency winds down in September.

But the star has found her greatest hit of late in the network’s competition series World of Dance. Returning last month for a second season, the program promptly was picked up for a third.

A judge and executive producer on the visually immersive series—which features solo acts, larger groups and all styles—Lopez has always taken the opportunity to cultivate new generations of talent. “It’s what I loved about doing
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‘Shades Of Blue’ Creator Developing German Drama ‘Tempel’ With Dynamic Television For U.S.

‘Shades Of Blue’ Creator Developing German Drama ‘Tempel’ With Dynamic Television For U.S.
Shades of Blue and Eyewitness creator Adi Hasak is teaming with Dynamic Television for a U.S. version of German series Tempel. The project is being developed as a straight-to-series drama under Hasak’s Adi TV Studios banner.

Hasak has written a pilot script and an extensive series bible for the potential eight-episode series. As he did on Eyewitness, Hasak will write or co-write all episodes of the show with Jj Wienkers, who also will serve as a producer. German writer-director Michael Wenning, who introduced the format to Hasak will serve as executive producer. Dynamic Television will produce and handle worldwide distribution if the project is picked up to series. Dynamic’s Daniel March and Klaus Zimmerman will serve as executive producers.

Tempel tells the story of Mark Tempel, an ex-con who struggles to pay the bills working as an elderly care giver. When
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The Story of How Shades of Blue Became a Television Show

Jennifer Lopez shines bright in her action packed role as Santos on the recent series “Shades of Blue.” Complimented by co-star Ray Liotta who adds a load of corruption and intense drama, the series is gaining in popularity in the cop show genre. There is an interesting story behind the development of the television series. We believe that readers will have a greater appreciation after hearing how writer Adi Hasak developed and marketed his masterpiece. An unlikely television script writer Hasak was born to Russian Jewish parents in Holland. He moved to the United States long enough to finish his

The Story of How Shades of Blue Became a Television Show
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‘Eyewitness’ Canceled By USA After One Season

USA Network has opted not to order a second season of crime thriller anthology Eyewitness. The series, from Shades of Blue creator Adi Hasak and adapted from the Norwegian drama Øyevitne, was an experiment for USA. It was done under a different business model: given a 10-episode straight-to-series order at a reduced budget. The serialized murder story was designed as a companion to USA’s venerable off-network crime drama procedural Law & Order: Svu on Sunday. Despite…
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'Eyewitness' Character Comes Out to His Family in Emotional Moment

'Eyewitness' Character Comes Out to His Family in Emotional Moment
One of USA Network’s Eyewitness characters is revealing his true self.

On Sunday’s episode, titled “Crème Brulee,” Philip (Tyler Young) is revealing to his adoptive parents, Tivoli sheriff Helen Torrance (Julianne Nicholson) and her husband Gabe Caldwell (Gil Bellows), that he is gay.

Related: 'Eyewitness' Star Warren Christie Dishes on the Stunning Twist

Et has the exclusive first look at the emotional moment when Philip, who has been in a blossoming (and complicated) relationship with Lukas Waldenbeck (James Paxton), tells his parents for the first time, and the conversation that follows between the trio.

“Tyler and James have really exploded off the show, and the feedback I’ve been getting from fans about their love story is extraordinary,” Eyewitness creator Adi Hasak tells Et exclusively.

Related: Why USA's Gripping Crime Drama 'Eyewitness' Is Your New Obsession

Philip and Lukas have a lot on their plate. After witnessing
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‘Friday Night Lights’ Producer Jason Katims Tries His Hand at a Medical Procedural – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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‘Friday Night Lights’ Producer Jason Katims Tries His Hand at a Medical Procedural – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Eyewitness’ Producer Adi Hasak Bucks the System and Greg Nicotero Previews ‘The Walking Dead’ – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Producer Jason Katims is a bit of a remake whisperer, adapting films like “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” into critically acclaimed dramas. But his next show, CBS’ “Pure Genius,” is an original idea that comes from a very personal place.

Augustus Prew stars in the drama as James Bell, a tech billionaire who has built the state-of-the art hospital Bunker Hill – an unconventional facility that utilizes technology and modern tools to treat patients. In the series opener, famed surgeon Dr. Walter Wallace, played by Dermot Mulroney, is recruited to join the facility.

Odette Annable, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton and Brenda Song also star in the show, as part of the team enthusiastically charged with revolutionizing health care. Katims (who’s also behind Hulu’s “The Path
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Why George Clooney Needs to Return to TV, and Other Questions Answered

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Why George Clooney Needs to Return to TV, and Other Questions Answered
Very Good Television Podcast has dug into some tricky topics over the past year and a half, but the best questions Liz and Ben have answered have definitely come from their humble listeners.

Last Week’S Episode: ’30 Rock’: 10 Reasons Tina Fey Made One of TV’s Most Important Comedies

What’s their favorite thing about The CW? What actors would they love to see return to television, and what would their dream George Clooney limited series look like? Which mid-1990s sci-fi show does Liz manage to bring up twice? How often does Ben find a way to turn the conversation to “The Leftovers”?

Get all the answers in this week’s Very Good TV Podcast, hosted by IndieWire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers. Don’t forget to subscribe via Soundcloud or iTunes, and follow IndieWire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news.
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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 120) – Why ‘Moonlight’ Is a Serious Oscar Contender

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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 120) – Why ‘Moonlight’ Is a Serious Oscar Contender
If you look at the Gotham Awards nominations from a traditional standpoint, they aren’t predictors of Oscar season. This year’s nominees, some of which were selected by members of IndieWire’s staff, certainly leave out a few potential contenders. But at least one well-received movie from the nominees stands a good chance of gaining steam: Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight.” The artful look at a young black child growing up under challenging circumstances in Miami was a breakout hit on the festival circuit and continues to gain momentum as A24 releases it this weekend. It’s not your typical Oscar bait, but this isn’t your typical Oscar season. So could “Moonlight” go all the way?

See MoreBarry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ Journey: How the Year’s Great Discovery Became an American Cinema Milestone

That theory is a big part of this week’s episode of Screen Talk, in which Eric Kohn
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Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Reveals the Unconventional Way He Cast His Three Leads (Episode 10)

Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Reveals the Unconventional Way He Cast His Three Leads (Episode 10)
Barry Jenkins didn’t want to have to explain anything to his audience as he welcomes them into the world of Chiron, a young boy growing up in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami. Tracking the evolution of Chiron from grade school to manhood — the film is split into three chapters with a different actor playing Chiron in each — the film relies on audiences being able to access the internal world of a boy whose life is shaped by the world around him.

Read More: Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: ‘Fire at Sea’ Oscar Contender Gianfranco Rosi is a Documentary Auteur You Need to Know (Episode 9)

In this week’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, Jenkins breaks down how he used everything from movement to music to access the character’s emotions, and how he carefully structured a story so those emotions tracked through two big jumps in time. He also reveals his unique
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‘The Walking Dead’ Preview: Producer Greg Nicotero Says Negan’s Kill Will Drain Viewers

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‘The Walking Dead’ Preview: Producer Greg Nicotero Says Negan’s Kill Will Drain Viewers
Don’t say that Greg Nicotero didn’t warn you.

The Walking Dead” fans are already braced for the worst on Sunday night, when it’s finally revealed which character is killed by supervillain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his barbed-wire bat Lucille. But executive producer and director Nicotero told IndieWire that viewers should still prepare themselves for heartache.

“I think people are going to be really, really sad,” Nicotero told IndieWire. “Grab a box of Kleenex when you watch it and understand that everything happens for a reason and whatever the result of the first episode is that it serves a very distinct purpose. Just like other characters who have died in the show, their death propels people and propels our story in a very specific and meaningful way and that’s what we’re looking for.”

IndieWire spoke with Nicotero right after AMC picked up “The Walking Dead” for an eighth season,
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‘Eyewitness’ Producer Adi Hasak Bucks the System and Greg Nicotero Previews ‘The Walking Dead’ – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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‘Eyewitness’ Producer Adi Hasak Bucks the System and Greg Nicotero Previews ‘The Walking Dead’ – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Goliath’ Executive Producer David E. Kelley on Billy Bob Thornton and Amazon – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Producer Adi Hasak likes to play by his own rules. He doesn’t have an agent, and doesn’t have an overall deal anywhere. Yet over the past year he has sold two straight to-series TV shows: NBC’s “Shades of Blue,” starring Jennifer Lopez, and now USA Network’s new thriller “Eyewitness,” starring Julianne Nicholson.

Eyewitness” is based on a Norwegian drama and follows two teenage boys who are secretly hooking up in a cabin when they witness a gangland-style killing. One of the boys’ foster mother happens to be the local sheriff, played by Julianne Nicholson, who’s investigating the crime. Hasak adapted “Eyewitness” and executive produces the show. On this week’s edition of IndieWire’s “Turn It On” podcast, Hasak shares his grand vision
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Mipcom: Shonda Rhimes, Adi Hasak and the power of local content

Mipcom: Shonda Rhimes, Adi Hasak and the power of local content
Writer and creator Shonda Rhimes looks back at career; maverick showrunner Adi Hasak; Mipcom posts record attendance.

If content is king in an age of proliferating platforms and windows, local content reigns supreme for home-grown platforms competing with international players.

This was the message of top programming and acquisitions executives speaking on a Mipcom panel on global TV trends on Wednesday (October 19).

Mike Sneesby, CEO of Australian Svod company Stan, said original local content such as the comedy show No Activity and its psychological thriller series Wolf Creek - a spin-off the hit genre film franchise starring John Jarrett as serial killer Mike Taylor - had been at the heart of its strategy to win over local audiences.

“Initially we focused on big network and studio shows, securing a deal with the likes of Showtime, and then moved very quickly into original shows, boarding our first original show just six weeks after launching,” said Sneesby
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