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BritBox Bags Lionsgate’s ‘Cold Courage’; Banijay Hires Commercial Chief; Quest Orders Workerbee Car Shows — Global Briefs

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BritBox Bags Lionsgate’s ‘Cold Courage’; Banijay Hires Commercial Chief; Quest Orders Workerbee Car Shows — Global Briefs
BritBox Acquires ‘Cold Courage

BritBox UK has acquired Viaplay and Lionsgate’s John Simm-fronted political drama Cold Courage. The BBC and ITV-owned streamer will premiere the eight-part series on September 3, telling the story of how two Finnish women get drawn into a clandestine group dedicated to righting the wrongs of the powerful, influential and corrupt. Based on the award-winning and best-selling books by Pekka Hiltunen, Cold Courage was written by BAFTA-nominated David Joss Buckley (Hinterland) and Brendan Foley (The Riddle). The series is produced by Markku Flink and Pauli Pentti, and directed by Agenta Fagerstrom-Olsson and Kadir Ferati Balci. Fredrik Ljungberg, Jon Petersson, Kjartan Por Pordarson, Cormac Fox, Tom Hameeuw, Peter De Maegd and Marc B. Lorber are executive Pproducers.

Banijay Recruits Owain Walbyoff As Commercial Chief

Banijay has hired former Endemol Shine Group executive Owain Walbyoff to the newly-created role of chief commercial officer. Walbyoff will be
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Nordic industry calls for more commissioners, platforms

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Goteborg: Nordic territories will need to see an increase in the number of local commissioners and platforms if they are to adequately showcase flourishing scripted drama, industry experts agreed yesterday in Gothenburg.

Speaking at Nordic TV conference TV Drama Vision, held under the auspices of the Gothenburg Film Festival (Jan 23-Feb 2), local TV execs agreed that while the Nordic markets continue to produce top-notch local (often crime) drama series they must see new platforms and players in order to maximize growth.

“As a consumer I’m frustrated by a business as usual approach in Sweden,” said Goran Danasten, project manager at Swedish broadcaster Svt.

“There are still so few places to put quality drama. The world is exploding with platforms but in Sweden, and Scandinavia, it’s still all about the linear broadcasters and that’s not enough. It’s like everyone is hesitating and waiting.”

Helena Danielsson, executive producer of the Fjallbaka Murders series, agreed and said:
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