TV2 Norway has ordered a spy thriller from Rubicon TV, marking the first project for the company under its new CEO – and former NRK drama chief – Ivar Køhn.
E14 Unit For Special Intel, which will be written by Sebastian Torngren Wartin and Erik Ivar Sæther, is based on the true story behind the creation of a secret group within Norway’s Intelligence Service in the 1990s. Gudny Hummelvoll (Headhunters) produces.
With the brutal civil war occurring in the Balkans, a small unit of agents were thrown into then Yugoslavia to collect intelligence as part of the NATO intervention. The show explores the impact on the individual agents and the ruthless consequences for the local informants left behind.
Ivar Køhn, CEO of Banijay Nordic-owned Rubicon TV, said: “We are open to co-producing this gripping spy thriller which will expose the horror and courage apparent in war with powerful narratives and strong characters, and how, in the end, working for intelligence services means accepting the only morals are the ones that benefit your country’s mission.”
Køhn, who joined Rubicon TV earlier this year, is one of the largest scripted production companies in Norway, with a slate that includes Lilyhammer, Countrymen and Beforeigners.