Christian Wikander

Peter Gerwe buys Pinewood out of drama JV

Peter Gerwe’s StoryFirst has bought Pinewood-Shepperton Studios’ 50% stake in the drama joint venture the two companies operate. The deal means StoryFirst will own 100% of Pinewood Television, which was founded in February 2016. The company is to be renamed on October 31, though the existing management team will remain in place. Helen Gregory and […]

Viaplay commits to Conspiracy of Silence

MTG video streaming service Viaplay has ordered an eight-part political thriller named Conspiracy of Silence. The announcement comes on the same day HBO Europe unveiled its first original series from the Nordic region, Gösta. Set in murky world of the international arms trade, the drama will follow Jens Hultén (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) as […]

SVT names Wikander replacement

Swedish pubcaster SVT has named Avanti Films & TV exec Anna Croneman as its new head of drama and film. She replaces Christian Wikander, who exited in August to become director of coproduction at UK-based producer Pinewood Television. Croneman’s credits include producing Kronprinsessan (The Crown Princess), Drottningoffret (Queen Sacrifice) and Min Bror Kollokungen (My Brother […]

SVT drama chief joins Pinewood TV

Swedish pubcaster SVT’s drama chief is joining the fledgling London-based outfit Pinewood Television to oversee its coproduction strategy. Christian Wikander has been named coproduction director at the prodco, which is part of British studios company Pinewood Group. He will report to Pinewood TV creative director Helen Gregory, who joined the establish the division last year […]

SVT appoints drama commissioner

SVT has appointed Christian Wikander drama commissioner, a move that sees him join the Swedish pubcaster’s commissioning board. Wikander has been at SVT since 2005 and has been upped from head of drama at the broadcaster. A producer who counts Rederiet (for SVT) and Tre Kronor (for TV4) among his credits. He replaces Hanne Palmquist at […]

Midnight Sun marks French-Swedish copro first

Canal+ and SVT are joining forces for Midnight Sun, a high-concept thriller that marks the first France-Sweden drama copro. Atlantique Productions, Nice Drama and Filmpool Nord are the production partners on the 8x52mins series. The crime show will follow a French cop who joins forces with her Swedish counterpart to investigate the murder of a […]