In-demand chart: Norway (January 1-7, 2018)

Norway’s latest In-demand chart almost provided an exception to the rule that linear TV originals create more demand than those produced for digital platforms. Netflix’s Stranger Things narrowly missed out on the top spot to The Walking Dead in the overall chart, with Danish-Swedish drama Broen (The Bridge) coming third in an unusual top three. […]

Netflix makes it Rain as Danish drama nears

Production has begun on streaming service Netflix’s first Scandinavian original, a dystopian drama. The Rain has gone into production in Denmark, with FremantleMedia-owned Miso Film attached as producer. Set six years in the future, follows two siblings who join a group of young survivors of a brutal virus that has wiped out almost all of […]

In-demand chart: Norway (January 1-7, 2017)

Skam was undeniably the most unexpected Norwegian drama series to make international headlines last year. The in-house NRK drama, originally produced for the pubcaster’s web platforms and for teenage girls, suddenly became a worldwide sensation after building the brand on linear channels, with national newspapers around the world writing column inches on it throughout 2016. […]

Porseryd exits as Endemol Shine Nordics arises

Endemol Shine Group has revealed the shape of its Nordics business, with Gary Carter overseeing the unit and Michael Porseryd the highest profile casualty of a wide-reaching restructure. The division – Scandinavia’s largest production group – will be known as Endemol Shine Nordics, comprising 11 production companies and four broadcast facilities across Sweden, Norway, Denmark […]

icflix bags Lilyhammer

Middle East and North Africa VOD service icflix has acquired rights to Norway-set crime comedy-drama Lilyhammer. The deal for the Netflix-commissioned mobster show with Red Arrow International covers 23 territories. “Lilyhammer is an exceptional series with international appeal and we are positive that our members across MENA will enjoy it as much as fans globally have […]

Red Arrow recruits scripted buyer

Red Arrow International has recruited Amelie von Kienlin as VP, scripted acquisitions. Kienlin will oversee all drama acquisitions at production and distribution group Red Arrow, reporting to Irina Ignatiew, co-managing director, Red Arrow International. Her previous experience includes stints as head of coproduction at France-based Wild Bunch and head of acquisitions at Telepool. Ignatiew, who succeeded […]

Red Arrow bags ‘new Lilyhammer’ rights

Red Arrow International has snagged international rights to Samurai Security, a Norwegian comedy series from Rubicon, the producers of Lilyhammer. Red Arrow also sells Netflix series Lilyhammer and will now take the new Rubicon series to market. The new show was penned by Lilyhammer writer Anne Bjørnstad and features several of the same cast. Samurai […]

Netflix original back for third season

Netflix’s first original drama Lilyhammer will return for a third season. The show, about a US gangster who goes into witness protection in a snowy Norwegian town, comes from Rubicon TV and was produced in association with Red Arrow International, which is also the international distributor. The second season debuted in December on Netflix, the […]

Netflix ‘gears up for Australian launch’

Netflix may be planning an Australian launch next year, according to various local news reports. The reports claim Netflix has contacted local content providers but the streaming service has declined to confirm the launch. Netflix has hitherto reportedly been reluctant to look at the Australian market because of inadequate internet infrastructure and concerns about its […]

Netflix to move into original feature docs, stand-up

US streaming service Netflix will broaden its original content strategy by moving into one-off feature documentaries and stand-up comedy, its CEO has revealed. Reed Hastings (pictured) made the announcement in a letter to shareholders, in which he also claimed original content strategies adopted by streaming rivals Hulu and Amazon Prime were helping OTT platforms to […]