Nicola Soderlund


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 […]

Turkish drama The End remade for Dutch PSB

Dutch pubcaster KRO-NCRV is remaking Turkish psychological drama The End, with filming on adaptation beginning this week. This follows a deal with Scandinavia-based distributor Eccho Rights, which has carved out a niche as a key vendor of Turkish scripted. Locally, the show will be known as Vlucht HS13 (Flight HS13), with producer Column Film attached […]

Sparks Network winds down

The global formats group Sparks Network is ceasing to operate in its current form, with the executives behind it focusing their attention on the growing Eccho Rights distribution business, TBI has learned. Sparks is a network of production companies that develop formats at a local level that are then shared in the group and distributed […]

UK broadcaster ‘sniffing Japanese gameshow’

UK indie Zig Zag Productions has acquired local rights to a Japanese gameshow and is in “negotiations with a UK broadcaster” to bring the show to British screens. Zig Zag is among four companies to pick up Ultimate Brain from Eccho Rights, the sister sales firm to Spark Network, of which the UK producer is […]

Russia reaches The End with Turkish scripted deal

St. Petersburg-based Russian World Studios has signed a deal to bring Turkish drama format The End, dubbed by some as ‘the new Homeland’, to Russia. A remake of the political mystery thriller is already underway in the US, where Sander/Moses has picked up rights and is working on scripts, as TBI revealed this year. The […]

Sparks gets Russian member

Studio 2V has joined Sparks Networks’ Fiction Network. The 15-year-old Russian indie producer made the local version of NBC series Law & Order as well as taking rights to various international formats including Jeopardy and Wife Swap. Nicola Söderlund, managing director of Sparks Networks, said: “Sparks Networks has been absent in Russia for some time […]

Sparks Eccho launches format fund

Europe-based Sparks Eccho has created a development fund to incubate new formats. The fund will provide seed financing for paper formats and existing ideas to get them to pilot stage and create a “sound business proposition”. Eccho Rights, the sales arm of the merged Sparks Eccho Group, will then take on distribution rights. Sparks Eccho’s […]