Television Business International

Finnish VOD service orders ITVS to create Threesome

Scripted-logo-460_2Mike BealeITV Studios Finland is set to produce a remake of scripted format Threesome for Finnish VOD service Elisa Viihde.

Filming on the ten-episode series begins later this month. The ITV Studios Global Entertainment format was originally produced in the UK by Big Talk Productions for Comedy Central.

The ITV Studios Finland version of Threesome will follow three best friends, Vilma, Seve and Markus, who are planning to have a baby together.

Pete Paavolainen, CEO at ITV Studios Finland, said: “We are extremely happy to bring this unique and bold comedy to Finland. Both the themes and the dialogue, which is fresh and modern, are very relevant to a millennial audience and our cast of comedians – Pamela Tola, Lauri Tilkanen and Eero Ritala – are just brilliant.”

Mike Beale (pictured), managing director of the Nordics and Global Creative Network at ITVS, said: “This commission is fantastic news for Pete and his team and we are looking forward to building on it across the region. It is a great example of how we are making our formats work for us across our international territories – not to mention the versatility of Big Talk’s excellent scripted comedy slate.”

Earlier this year ITVS acquired Swedish prodco Elk Production, which will now have the right to produce shows through ITVS’s production companies in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.