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HBO remaking Scandi drama in Europe

MAMMON 2HBO Europe is making two local versions of Nordic Noir hit Mammon.

The European arm of the Time Warner-owned US cable giant confirmed to local press a Czech adaptation of the series had been ordered and has just entered production.

TBI understands a second regional adaptation has also been greenlit for HBO Europe’s Polish service. HBO declined to comment on the Polish Mammon, which is not yet thought to have entered production.

HBO Europe has been pushing heavily into original drama. It has adapted the scripted series In Treatment for several of its European channels, and period drama Burning Bush and crime series Umbre marked a new level of ambition in terms of originals.

Czech director Vladimir Michalek (Autumn Spring) is making the Czech Mammon, which will run to six episodes.

The political thriller launched on Norwegian pubcaster NRK. It hails from comes from brother writing duo Vegard and Gjermund Eriksen and follows the story of a journalist that is drawn into a world of lies and betrayal after he uncovers a huge financial fraud involving some of Norway’s elite.

Scandinavian distributor Nordic World sells the finished tape internationally, but licensed rights to Beta Film in certain territories, while MTG-owned DRG sells the format.

It has sold well internationally as a finished show and a format.

Beta has secured sales of Scandinavian drama Mammon with a number of European, Middle Eastern and Australasian broadcasters.

Channel 4 in the UK bought the series as did Germany’s ARD Degato, Sky TV in New Zealand, SBS in Australia, Hot in Israeli and Romania’s Antena TV Bucharest. 20th Century Fox Television has previously optioned rights to remake the NRK Drama series.

The HBO Europe footprint spans Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Netherlands.