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All3Media International breaks into Scandinavian drama with 'Blinded'

The company will manage worldwide distribution for the series.

Independent distributor All3Media International is partnering with Flx, C More, TV4 and Filmregion Stockholm - Mälardalen/ Film Capital on new coproduction Blinded, marking the company’s first major investment in Scandinavian language drama.

Flx is co-developing the series with local streaming service C More and Swedish broadcaster TV4. Blinded is directed by Jens Jonsson (Easy Money 3) and written by Flx’s Jesper Harrie (The Bonus Family, Solsidan), alongside co-writers Maria Karlsson (Easy Money) and Jonas Bonnier (The Helicopter Heist).

Blinded is a thriller following journalist Bea Farkas as she attempts
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Miptv: All3Media International breaks into Scandinavian drama with 'Blinded'

The company will manage worldwide distribution for the series.

Independent distributor All3Media International is partnering with Flx, C More, TV4 and Filmregion Stockholm - Mälardalen/ Film Capital on new coproduction Blinded, marking the company’s first major investment in Scandinavian language drama.

Flx is co-developing the series with local streaming service C More and Swedish broadcaster TV4. Blinded is directed by Jens Jonsson (Easy Money 3) and written by Flx’s Jesper Harrie (The Bonus Family, Solsidan), alongside co-writers Maria Karlsson (Easy Money) and Jonas Bonnier (The Helicopter Heist).

Blinded is a thriller following journalist Bea Farkas as she attempts
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All3Media International Makes Move Into Nordic Drama With ‘Blinded’ (Exclusive)

All3Media International is getting into the Nordic drama business, investing in “Blinded,” the buzzy Swedish thriller. All3Media International will join the co-production, its first non-English-language drama project, coming from Flx, the Stockholm-based producer behind Netflix’s first Swedish original “Quicksand.

Streaming service C More and broadcaster TV4 are also backing the drama, which is based on the book by investigative journalist Carolina Neurath. Inspired by real events and set in Stockholm’s financial district, the eight-part drama follows journalist Bea Farkas as she reports on a major bank engaged in questionable activity.

The series is directed by Jens Jonsson
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Berlin: Scandinavian Pics Learn to Laugh

Berlin: Scandinavian Pics Learn to Laugh
Moving away from Nordic noir, a new brand of Scandinavian black comedy will be represented at the Berlinale with Mans Mansson and Axel Petersen’s “The Real Estate” playing in competition.

The Real Estate” follows the journey of Nojet, a 68-year-old woman who inherits an apartment building that turns out to be a money pit rather than a cash cow. Nojet takes control of the building and becomes more ruthless and cynical than the business surrounding it.

“The real estate market in Stockholm is extremely harsh, there’s a [shortage] of housing and it’s a massive issue for people. Axel and I felt a necessity to make a film about this,” says Mansson, who has attended the Berlinale before with “Mr. Governor,” “Avalon” and “The Yard” with his co-director Petersen.

Along the lines of Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and was shortlisted for a foreign-language Oscar, “The Real Estate” is part
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Banijay Rights Acquires Nordic Crime Drama ‘Wisting’ (Exclusive)

Banijay Rights has acquired “Wisting,” an ambitious 12 million euros 10-part thriller series based on Jørn Lier Horst’s crime novels.

Produced by Danish outfit Good Company Films and Norway’s Cinenord, “Wisting” follows a police officer William Wisting who has just lost his wife and raises his daughter alone while trying to bring down Norway’s most notorious criminals. The series has just started shooting in Norway with local star Sven Nordin (“Valkyrien”).

“Wisting” was created Katarina Launing (“Kick It!”) and Trygve Allister Diesen (“The Third Eye”) who are also directing it. The “Wisting” books have sold over 1.2 million copies in Norway alone and been translated into 30 languages. Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner (“Eyewitness”) wrote the series adaptation.

Chris Stewart, who runs scripted for Banijay Rights with Caroline Torrance, said he had started tracking down the series project last year at Goteborg’s TV Drama Vision showcase.

“‘Wisting’ is based on novels that are so
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Peter Beard, Andy Warhol, Grey Gardens family to feature in doc

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Peter Beard, Andy Warhol, Grey Gardens family to feature in doc
Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson directs project with Sfi backing.

Göran Hugo Olsson (The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975) is working on the feature documentary That Summer, centred on artist Peter Beard and his family of friends, who formed an enormously influential and vibrant creative community in Montauk, Long Island in the 1970s.

The film includes extraordinary footage from a project Beard initiated with Lee Radziwill about her relatives, the Beales of Grey Gardens, predating by years their depiction in the landmark Albert Maysles film Grey Gardens.

Andy Warhol also features in That Summer, and shot some of the newly unearthed footage, as did director Jonas Mekas, with additional cinematography by Maysles and Vincent Fremont.

Olsson and Swedish production company Story join production companies Louverture Films, Thunderbolt Ranch and Final Cut for Real on the project. Tobias Janson, Joslyn Barnes, Nejma Beard and Signe Byrge Sørensen serve as producers, with Beard serving as executive producer alongside Andrea Barron
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Peter Beard, Andy Warhol and the Grey Gardens family to feature in archive documentary

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Peter Beard, Andy Warhol and the Grey Gardens family to feature in archive documentary
Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson is directing project with Sfi backing.

Göran Hugo Olsson (The Black Power Mixtape) is working on feature documentary That Summer, which will include long-lost archive footage of the stars of the Maysles brothers’ 1975 doc Grey Gardens,

Olsson is reviving a project first initiated by artist Peter Beard, which chronicles his family of friends and creative collaborators in Montauk, Long Island in the 1970s.

Beard set up the project with Lee Radziwill, a relative of eccentric duo Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Eddie), who were depicted in Grey Gardens and its 2006 follow-up The Beales Of Grey Gardens, which featured previously unused footage shot by the Maysles.

Andy Warhol also features in That Summer, and shot some of the newly-unearthed footage, as did director Jonas Mekas, with additional cinematography by Albert Maysles and Vincent Fremont.

Olsson and Swedish production company Story have rights to use footage.

The film is
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'Grey Gardens' family, Andy Warhol to feature in archive documentary

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'Grey Gardens' family, Andy Warhol to feature in archive documentary
Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson is directing project with Sfi backing.

Göran Hugo Olsson (The Black Power Mixtape) is working on feature documentary That Summer, which will include long-lost archive footage of the stars of the Maysles brothers’ 1975 doc Grey Gardens,

Olsson is reviving a project first initiated by artist Peter Beard, which chronicles his family of friends and creative collaborators in Montauk, Long Island in the 1970s.

Beard set up the project with Lee Radziwill, a relative of eccentric duo Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Eddie), who were depicted in Grey Gardens and
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Andy Warhol to Be Subject of Documentary Using Footage Shot by Warhol Himself

Andy Warhol to Be Subject of Documentary Using Footage Shot by Warhol Himself
Göran Hugo Olsson is set to direct “That Summer,” a documentary based on unique footage shot by Andy Warhol, Peter Beard, and Jonas Mekas in the 1970s in Montauk, Long Island.

Olsson is re-teaming with Swedish outfit Story Ab, the company behind his documentary “Black Power Mixtape,” which is based on footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists chronicling the Black Power movement in the U.S. The documentary feature played at Sundance and won an award for best editing.
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Ab Svensk Filmindustri, Flx sign output deal

Agreement comprises co-production and distribution of all of Flx’s projects in development.

Scandinavian film distribution and production outfit Ab Svensk Filmindustri and Swedish production company Flx have signed an exclusive output agreement.

The deal, which covers the Nordic region (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland) and comprises co-production and distribution, will relate to all projects that Flx has in development.

Run by Felix Herngren, Pontus Edgren and Niclas Carlsson, Flx’s credits include Oscar-nominated comedy The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, which grossed more than $51m worldwide, as well as TV series Boy Machine, Solsidan and Torpederna.

The company plans to make “major investments over the next few years”, read a release, with Edgren adding that they had found “a strong partner” in Svensk Filmindustri.

Svensk Filmindustri recently announced the appointments of Tim King as executive vice president production and Lars Bredo Rahbek as head of production.
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Berlin: Flx Signs Exclusive Output Deal With Svensk (Exclusive)

Sweden-based super-indie Flx, the company behind Nordic B.O. hit “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared,” has signed an exclusive output deal with Ab Svensk Filmindustri, one of Scandinavia’s biggest distributors.

The pact covers the distribution of Flx’s upcoming features in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland. Kicking off this year, the deal doesn’t, however, include the sequel to “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window,” which Disney Nordic will distribute.

Flx, which is headed by Felix Herngren, Pontus Edgren, Niclas Carlsson, is a subsidiary of Bonnier Growth Media and boasts a strong track record with features such as the $7 million “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared,” which was handled by Studiocanal and racked up over $51 million worldwide; and TV series such as “Solsidan” and “Torpederna,” which Anonymous Content and Paramount TV are remaking for the U.
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Sweden’s Super-Indie Flx Broadens Scope, Teams With U.S., Euro Players (Exclusive)

Stockholm-based super-indie Flx, which proved with Nordic B.O. hit “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window” (pictured above) as well as TV shows “Welcome to Sweden” and “Solsidan” the export potential of Swedish comedy, is developing a flurry of high-concept laffers with local talent and international partners.

The company has 10 drama and comedy projects in various stages of production, including “Hitman Anders and The Meaning of It All,” which will be the first TV-series based on a novel by Jonas Jonasson, the author of the bestseller “100-Year Old Man.”

Comprising six episodes, “Hitman” is based on Jonasson’s eponymous book, released in Sweden just two weeks ago, and turns on an ex-con doing small jobs for big gangsters until joining forces with a female priest and a homeless receptionist at a former brothel.

“(‘Hitman’) has the same kind of humor and colorful characters as ‘The 100-Year Old
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Sweden’s Super-Indie Flx Broadens Scope, Teams With U.S., Euro Players (Exclusive)

Stockholm-based super-indie Flx, which proved with Nordic B.O. hit “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window” (pictured above) as well as TV shows “Welcome to Sweden” and “Solsidan” the export potential of Swedish comedy, is developing a flurry of high-concept laffers with local talent and international partners.

The company has 10 drama and comedy projects in various stages of production, including “Hitman Anders and The Meaning of It All,” which will be the first TV-series based on a novel by Jonas Jonasson, the author of the bestseller “100-Year Old Man.”

Comprising six episodes, “Hitman” is based on Jonasson’s eponymous book, released in Sweden just two weeks ago, and turns on an ex-con doing small jobs for big gangsters until joining forces with a female priest and a homeless receptionist at a former brothel.

“(‘Hitman’) has the same kind of humor and colorful characters as ‘The 100-Year Old
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FremantleMedia Intl. Acquires Distrib Rights To Anticipated Swedish Comedy ‘Boy Machine’ (Exclusive)

FremantleMedia Intl. Acquires Distrib Rights To Anticipated Swedish Comedy ‘Boy Machine’ (Exclusive)
FremantleMedia International has acquired “Boy Machine,” the latest Swedish comedy series produced by Flx, the banner behind the popular skein “Welcome to Sweden” and B.O. hit movie “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.”

Created by Per Gavatin, the showrunner of “Torpederna” and “Kontoret,” the half-hour comedy skein turns on a quartet of forty-something friends – a high-school teacher, a lawyer, a shepherd and an unemployed slacker — who used to form a famed boys band in the 90’s and decide to reunite 18 years after their heyday. While the guys seek to reconquer the charts and bring some thrills back into their lives as they hit midlife crisis, they come to realize that the road back to the top is not so easy — until they finally get into the Eurovision Song Contest.

FremantleMedia will kick off sales at Mipcom, ahead of the series’ bow on Sweden’s leading commercial network TV4 on Oct.
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Welcome To Sweden DVD Review

When I first reviewed Welcome to Sweden (review here), I was not only nervous about the idea of someone getting a gig by virtue of being Amy Poehler’s brother, but also because the show seemed to be working such a “European” sense of comedy, that I wasn’t sure it would play well to American audiences.

It may have worked out that despite somewhat surprising success, the show remains a bit niche, but Greg Poehler won me over pretty quickly. Based on Greg’s real experiences living in Sweden, the show is a charmingly-envisioned culture clash that wonderfully avoids trying too hard for the comedy.

The story revolves around Greg, who has fallen in love with Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and decides to relocate with her so that she can take a job back in Sweden. He had a solid job as an investment broker, with a lot of high profile clients,
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Mip TV Q&A: Caroline Torrance, Head of International Scripted at Zodiak Media

Mip TV Q&A: Caroline Torrance, Head of International Scripted at Zodiak Media
Cannes– Variety caught up with Caroline Torrance, who took the reins of Zodiak Media’s international scripted in October. Torrance joined Zodiak from BBC Worldwide where she headed scripted, content and production of such high profile shows as “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Owned by giant Italian conglom De Agostini, Zodiak Media ranks as one of Europe’s leading producer and distributor of drama series and formats, including “The Returned,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,”"The Inbetweeners,” “Totally Spies” and “Being Human.” It operates in 17 countries and owns Yellow Bird in Sweden, Marathon in France and Bwark in the U.K., among other shingles. Zodiak Media’s MipTV slate boasts French hit crimer “Braquo III,” Swedish comedy series “Solsidan” and entertainment format “Dropped.” Torrance discussed Zodiak Media’s plan to expand its geographical footprint in the U.S., Spain and Italy, as well as production trends for international drama series.
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Amy Poehler and her brother to invade Sweden with their new NBC sitcom

NBC has acquired U.S. broadcast rights for Welcome To Sweden, a comedy being produced by Amy Poehler and her brother Greg. The show both stars and is based on the life story of the male Poehler, who was living in New York until he fell in love with a Swedish girl and followed her back to her homeland. The show will be shot in Sweden, and should feature a mix of both Swedish and American actors, including Solsidan’s Josephine Bornebusch, Illeana Douglas, and, of all people, Patrick Duffy. Guests like Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza, Gene Simmons, and the ...
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Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler Comedy ‘Welcome to Sweden’ Sold to NBC

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Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler Comedy ‘Welcome to Sweden’ Sold to NBC
Amy Poehler is going to Sweden for NBC. The network has acquired the broadcast rights to the half-hour comedy “Welcome to Sweden,” which is being executive produced by “Saturday Night Live” alum Amy Poehler and her brother, Greg Poehler. The series, from Entertainment One, is based on Greg Poehler’s true life story about a New York accountant, Bruce (played by Greg Poehler) who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma and follows his heart to Sweden. In his acting debut, Greg will star in the series along with Josephine Bornebusch (“Solsidan”) who will play Emma. Lena Olin (“Chocolat”) will also.
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Mipcom: NBC Nabs Greg Poehler’s ‘Welcome to Sweden’

Cannes — NBC has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to Amy and Greg Poehler’s exec-produced “Welcome to Sweden” from Entertainment One.

The half-hour comedy series is one of the most buzzed about skeins being shopped at Cannes TV mart Mipcom, which wraps on Thursday.

Created by Greg Poehler (pictured) and based on his own life story, the series is a fish-out-of-water comedy series turning on a New York accountant, Bruce (Greg Poehler), who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch), and follows her to Sweden.

Lensed in Sweden, New York and L.A., the series will feature cameo appearances by Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and rock legend Gene Simmons.

A truly international skein, “Welcome to Sweden” toplines a mix of local and foreign thesps, notably Bornebusch, who stars in Swedish hit drama “Solsidan,” Lena Olin (“Chocolat”), Illeana Douglas (“Grace of my Heart”) and Patrick Duffy
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Paradigm Signs Swedish Comedy Star Josephine Bornebusch

Exclusive: Paradigm certainly has more than snapshots to show from its trip to Sweden. A day after announcing the signing of Easy Money screenwriter Maria Karlsson, the agency has inked local comic actress Josephine Bornebusch. Along with her regular role on the popular Swedish sitcom Solsidan, she stars in the upcoming Swedish-American series Welcome To Sweden, the first project from Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler’s production company Syskon. That English-language show stars Greg Poehler as a New York accountant who falls in love with a Swedish girl (Bornebusch) and follows his heart to Sweden. The eOne-distributed comedy will air on Sweden’s TV4 and is seeking a U.S. home. “There is a lot of exciting talent in the region that translates globally,” said Paradigm senior agent Ken Stovitz. “Josephine is a brilliant comedienne, and it is obvious why she is the most famous actress of her generation in Sweden.
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