News round-up: Pluto TV sets Nordics launch; ZED to sell Zelenskyy doc; Federation shops ‘Good People’

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Pluto TV sets Nordics launch

Paramount Global’s AVOD service Pluto TV will launch in Sweden, Denmark and Norway on 18 May.

The streamer will partner with NENT’s Viafree service on 210 curated linear channels, offering viewers content ranging from reality series Catfish to adult animation South Park.

NENT will handle advertising sales and contribute local titles to the service, while the Viafree streamer will close and integrate into Pluto TV.

“Pluto TV in Nordics has an exclusive proposition. For the first time, we’re combining the streaming linear TV model that has already enchanted American and European consumers, with a new extended on-demand section powered by Viafree to offer the best of international and local content in one service” said Olivier Jollet, general manager and SVP of Pluto TV International.

ZED to sell Zelenskyy doc

French distribution company ZED has acquired global sales rights to Zelenskyy: The Story, an hour-long documentary about Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Produced by local firm Bangumi, the doc explores how the politician transformed from comedian to one of the most important figures on the global stage following the Russian invasion of his country.

The project is written and directed by Willy Papa, Nicolas Fresco and Arthur Genre and produced by Laurent Bon and Yann Barthès of Bangumi for TMC.

Federation shops ‘Good People’

Paris-based Federation has acquired the global distribution rights to Good People, a dark comedy series produced by Hélicotronc and Unité for ARTE.

The 6 x 52-minute series was created and directed by Stéphane Bergmans, Benjamin d’Aoust and Matthieu Donck and produced by Julie Esparbes and Anthony Rey for Hélicotronc and Caroline Nataf for Unité, in coproduction with RTBF, Proximus and ARTE France.

The story follows a couple of thirtysomethings Tom (Lucas Meister) and Linda (Bérangère McNeese), a policeman and a beautician respectively. They live in Belgium along the French border and are on the verge of bankruptcy.

Caught between a rock and a hard place, they embark on a get-rich-quick life insurance scam in an attempt to give themselves a fresh start someplace sunny.

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